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 final coloring process is to give some color to the cheeks, ears, and whatever other areas need to be highlighted. And to finish the head, four coats of a clear matt medium is applied. This keeps the head from being scratched or marred while it is being used or packed to go on tour.
This brings us to the end of this segment on the building of our marionnettes, We hope you have enjoyed it and we look forward to your comments. Future segments will include the animation of the heads and finishing of our characters, wood carving, costuming and many others that will give you a peak Behind The Scenes.