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Puppet Construction => Fabrics/Foam => Topic started by: tsu on November 15, 2008, 09:25:40 am



Title: stiffening the neck
Post by: tsu on November 15, 2008, 09:25:40 am
hi guys,

I did a little search but couldn't find any answer on this - how do you, if at all, stiffen/reinforce the neck?
what I mean is: I don't want to have a loose, flat neck which folds itself with every move; I would prefer to build a more stiff/rigid neck that holds its shape somehow...
how could I accomplish this goal?

Iza


Title: Re: stiffening the neck
Post by: DrPuppet on November 15, 2008, 10:25:22 am
Oh this is easy! When you sew the neck so in a peice of liner foam. Its a thin sheet of foam with a material bonded to one side. Sandwhich the foam between the fleece and the material on the back of the liner then sew through any machine or you can do it by hand.


Title: Re: stiffening the neck
Post by: tsu on November 15, 2008, 11:04:13 am
great idea! I'll have to look for it.
can I use anything instead of foam liner until I find it? can I try art/craft foam too? I know there is no material bonded to one side, but I can use some cotton fabric then.
(I'm wondering if I'd find a small square of foam liner; I did a little search on the Internet and there was 2m x 2m for instance...)


Title: Re: stiffening the neck
Post by: DrPuppet on November 15, 2008, 02:56:36 pm
I don't think we are talking of the same thing. Tell you what I will snap a shot of it and upload it here.


Title: Re: stiffening the neck
Post by: tsu on November 15, 2008, 03:03:56 pm
mhm, that's good idea.


Title: Re: stiffening the neck
Post by: Angel on November 15, 2008, 05:23:35 pm
Jay,
Are you referring to the auto headliner that can be bought at Hancock Fabrics?

Angel


Title: Re: stiffening the neck
Post by: DrPuppet on November 15, 2008, 06:51:32 pm
Yes exactly!


Title: Re: stiffening the neck
Post by: Angel on November 15, 2008, 06:56:27 pm
I'll have to give that a try. One of the managers is always saving and giving me scraps of fabric.  She just gaive me about 2 yards of the headliner a few days ago.  I love free stufff. :)

Angel


Title: Re: stiffening the neck
Post by: DrPuppet on November 16, 2008, 07:11:34 am
great I use the 1/8 inch stuff for necks so it takes out the wrinkles but does not stiffen it to much.


Title: Re: stiffening the neck
Post by: tsu on November 16, 2008, 07:27:32 am
Jay, you have supposed to upload a photo in here :P
is that something like this?
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....used for cars' ceilings for instance?

can I get it in the cars' services/shops?


Title: Re: stiffening the neck
Post by: Shawn Sorrell on November 16, 2008, 07:42:45 am
Tsu,

Yes it is used for car ceilings.  You might be able to find it in a car service shop if they do body work or painting of cars.  They may not have it for sale to the public but you may be able to find where they get it or convince them to sell or even give you a small piece.


Title: Re: stiffening the neck
Post by: Angel on November 16, 2008, 07:52:54 am
If there is a Handcock Fabrics near you check there, it may be cheaper.  Here's the website:
  
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Title: Re: stiffening the neck
Post by: tsu on November 16, 2008, 08:22:09 am
@Shawn, thanks, I'll do a search for it; maybe I find something on polish auction sites too. (I can always cut a bit out of my car's ceiling.... :laughing:)

@Angel, thanks for your effort, but I'm from Poland, not from US... :D


Title: Re: stiffening the neck
Post by: DrPuppet on November 16, 2008, 09:26:34 am
Yes that's it I usually buy mine in upholstery shops. Sorry I am having difficulty with my camera. My computer does not want to recognise it.


Title: Re: stiffening the neck
Post by: DrPuppet on November 16, 2008, 09:28:06 am
you could even check places around you that re-upholster cars. tehy may have scrap you can have.