Mouth plate straps Posted by Angel in Tx on Sep 05, 2011
I like using elastic for a quick grip in mouth plates.  I usually attach them with brads but I ran out and won't be able to pick some up for a few days.
Any other ideas on how to attach them?  I use foam core for the plates.  If I cut a slit in the foam core and put the elastic through the slit and hot glue it, will it hold for the long haul?

Any other ideas?

It seems that lots of info is shared about every other part of puppet making, but mouth plates seem to be "hush hush".  Is it just me?

Okay, enough questions! LOL
Re: Mouth plate straps Posted by MsPuppet on Sep 05, 2011
There is a thread (an old one) on mouth plates. I am sure Billy can bring it right up, he is so good at finding things.

You can use rivets. I like them better than brads.  Tandy Leather is the best place to find them.
Re: Mouth plate straps Posted by jeezbo on Sep 06, 2011
I wouldnt have said that info on mouth plates was 'hush hush', just everyone is different in thier approach. i mainly use foam core or gasket rubber for mouth plates, if i am using foam core, i create pockets for the hand to go into rather than elasticated straps, but i dont see why the strap wouldnt hold if it was attatched to the other side of the plate securely, however if i am using gasket rubber or leather, then i usually use a small rivet like connection to keep it all together and to maintain that it will last a very long time.
Re: Mouth plate straps Posted by Angel in Tx on Sep 06, 2011
I searched the threads for mouth plates and read some good ideas.  I was just looking for a quick fix.  I am working on our annual black light show stuff so they are things that don't get heavy use, in this case a clam.  I needed an idea so I could finish it and move on to the next thing.  I decided to cut the slits and run the elastic through.  It seems very strong for now, but we'll see after the kids work with it for a while.
Re: Mouth plate straps Posted by Billy D. Fuller on Sep 06, 2011
Posted by: MsPuppet on Sep 05, 2011
There is a thread (an old one) on mouth plates. I am sure Billy can bring it right up, he is so good at finding things.

You can use rivets. I like them better than brads.  Tandy Leather is the best place to find them.

There are a lot of threads on mouth plate construction. Using the search box located at the top of the main page.... click on advanced search... in the search box put mouth plates... then put my name Billy D. Fuller in the user box. The reason for this is I try to make a comment to every topic not for popularity but to help me in future searches. there were so many I didn't see any need to re-post them.
Re: Mouth plate straps Posted by Billy D. Fuller on Sep 06, 2011
Posted by: Angel in Tx on Sep 06, 2011
I searched the threads for mouth plates and read some good ideas.  I was just looking for a quick fix.  I am working on our annual black light show stuff so they are things that don't get heavy use, in this case a clam.  I needed an idea so I could finish it and move on to the next thing.  I decided to cut the slits and run the elastic through.  It seems very strong for now, but we'll see after the kids work with it for a while.

Could you use the brass paper fasteners that you use to hold notebook paper together. You know the ones that separate at the bottom holding your notebook paper together. You could then tape the bottom to the mouth plate. you can find these at office and school supplies.

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Re: Mouth plate straps Posted by Angel in Tx on Sep 06, 2011
Billy, those are the "brads" I was referring too which I am out of! :D
Re: Mouth plate straps Posted by Billy D. Fuller on Sep 06, 2011
Posted by: Angel in Tx on Sep 06, 2011
Billy, those are the "brads" I was referring too which I am out of! :D

I'm sorry I thought you were referring to what I use........... the brad rivets you use to make leather belts with. I thought the paper rivets would be a alternative. Back to the drawing board. I guess you could always punch small holes into the gator board and hand stitch it on.

These are the leather brads you just hammer together
http://stores.ebay.com/stecksstore/SNAPS-/_i.html?_fsub=6467902&_sid=161772654&_trksid=p4634.c0.m322

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Re: Mouth plate straps Posted by Angel in Tx on Sep 06, 2011
It's okay, I guess we all use terms that can be confusing.  All the suggestions are good, the thing is, I'm in the country and can't just "run to the store"  the nearest Wal-Mart to me is almost 30 miles!  So that is why I was asking for alternative ideas.  I will be sure to stock up when I get the chance.
Re: Mouth plate straps Posted by Shawn on Sep 06, 2011
Angel.  I've used a method similar to what you describe and I think it should hold up just fine.  I don't see that there would be any more stress or wear and tear then there would be with the brads.
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