Behind The Scenes, Part Two – Finishing the head
It is very ruff and we need to smooth it off a bit, so we use a material called Plastic Wood. We spread it all over the head, kind of like spreading peanut butter on a slice of bread.
The mouth has been cut out, and the Plastic Wood has hardened but is still not smooth enough, so we have to sand the head. This may take up to eight hours.
When we have the head completely sanded, we give it the first coat of paint. Each head is given at least three coats of base color, which is usually the skin color.
The features such as the eyes, eye brows, lips, and shadows or wrinkles are then painted.
So that’s how we finish what we call our hard heads. These are the heads that are used on all our marionnettes and rod puppets, as well as some of our hand puppets. How long does it take to do all of these procedures? It takes us anywhere from four weeks to three months.
Part One: Creating the head
Part Three: Putting our Edith together