Oversized Scissors

Sweeney Todd, by Stephen Sondheim
Scenic Design: Andrew Holland
The Glimmerglass Festival, 2016

Photo: Karli Cadel
Photo: Karli Cadel

For this production of Sweeney Todd, Signor Pirelli was a Liberace-inspired showman who required a 5’0” pair of flashy scissors. To keep the scissors lightweight in proportion to their size, a 1/2” plywood  core was sandwiched between 2 layers of 1/2” rigid insulation foam.

The foam was first routed with a 1/4” round over bit before a final shaping and sanding. The foam was coated with white glue to create a barrier before applying the fiberglass resin.

Several layers of chopped fiberglass and resin created strength and Bondo was used to fill any cavities in between sandings to create a smooth and uniform surface.  Metallic spray paint and a high gloss spray sealer were used as the final surface treatment.