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Foam Q&A  (Read 15087 times)
Allan McConnell
« Reply #15 on: August 16, 2014, 10:29:33 pm »

I am looking for an Australian supplier of foam for puppet making and wonder if some of the terms you use regarding the type of foam used is different in USA than used in Australia? For example poly foam and reticulated foam. I often Google the terms used to get my answer most of the time.

The biggest issue is the best method of handling, cutting and gluing. I note that in some U Tube videos I have seen puppet makers shape a head out of a block of foam and note that the cutting blades can become dull very quickly.

We are very limited by what is stocked in our shops here on Norfolk Island so either have to rely on the shop to import it for us or source the materials ourselves.
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« Reply #16 on: August 17, 2014, 12:38:36 am »

I wrote an article a while back about foam and those terms. I dont have easy access to the link right now but the discussion that i based it on is here in the forums somewhere. Andrew from puppetvision gave the most informative answers IIRC. A search of the site should turn it up.

However most people seem to be buying from clark rubber.

Some people carve blocks, others use foam sheet. There is no right way, just depends on your preference.

Have you thought about using what is local? It may be easier to invent or do a twist on a common method with the materials available than have to try to recreate common techniques with harder to find stuff.

Dont be scared to experiment just because you think you have to do things a certain way - you dont!
Shawn Sorrell
« Reply #17 on: August 17, 2014, 07:15:37 am »

I'll second the experiment idea!

Poly foam is a general term used for the type of foam used by puppeteers for hand in mouth puppets. Same thing you find in cushions and mattresses. In fact here where I live I get it from a company that supplies to companies that makes cushions for things or upholstery companies. Yes it will dull your blades very fast so best to either have a lot on hand like with razor blades for box cutters or you can use a knife that you can re-sharpen. 
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