These Puppets Are Home-Baked

Sunset, November 1988 | Go to article overview

These Puppets Are Home-Baked


Whimsical puppets, molded easily and quickly from plastic modeling clay, offer their young creators theatrical and artistic diversion.

You can find materials at art supply or hobby stores. The foil ball keeps the puppet's head a manageable weight. The chopstick keeps it upright.

For each puppet, you'll need:

* I yard heavy-duty foil

* Plastic modeling clay (don't buy nonhardening clay) in different colors, about $5.50 per 16-ounce block, $1.60 for 2 1/2 ounces

* Chopstick or 1/2 -inch dowel

* A 10- by 16-inch piece of fabric or felt

Optional materials: * A puppet platform made from a wood scrap with holes drilled in it, or a 2-inchthick,8-inch-diameter styrene foam disk (to accommodate chopstick supports)

* Acrylic paints, $3 to $7 per 2-ounce tube, and brushes

* Clear polyurethane Other tools and materials include thread, craft glue, rolling pin, knife, sewing machine, baking pan, and foil to line it.

Preparing the clay

To make the clay malleable, knead the amount you plan to use (a chunk about the size of a golf ball) until it's soft and pliant, about 10 minutes. For a marbled effect (we did this for a tabby cat's stripes), twist different-colored strands of kneaded clay together. Modeling the clay

Preheat the oven to 2500 (2750 if you're using only dark-colored clays; at 2750, pale colors tend to scorch). Beginning with step 1, mold the foil into a 2-inch-diameter ball, rolling it over a hard surface until ball is round and smooth; to hold the chopstick support, punch a hole into the base with a screwdriver. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

These Puppets Are Home-Baked
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.