Sardines (Molding & Casting)

Molding & Casting, with Joanna Koefoed
Ohio University, 2016


The fish bodies were carved quickly out of chunks of poplar and a piece of luan was epoxied into a notch cut into the poplar. Two of the fish were wrapped in a textured fabric that simulated scales. The fabric was brushed with glue as a sealer against the plaster during the mold making process. The mold was made of Ultracal 30 gypsum cement.

The fish were cast in Smooth-on Dragonskin FX Pro thinned with lighter fluid to ensure that the pour spout did not get clogged with material. Due to the thinning of the material, the set time took a bit longer than the advertised set time of 40 minutes.

The first pour into the mold was treated with Silver Bullet Cast Magic Powder. The second pour into the mold was tinted with Pearly Blue and Silver Bullet Cast Magic Powders in varying quantities. The cured fish were painted with very thinned product tinted with Smooth-on Psycho Paints.


Sam the Eagle

Props & Crafts Techniques with Holly Cole
Ohio University, 2015

c1618a12cf086af037e3d226cf7535d0 original Sam the Eagle Muppet


Construction – The body and head were patterned and cut out of upholstery foam. The form was covered in ice wool before the body fabric was draped on top. An arm hole was left in the body so a sleeve could be attached to the bottom of the head. This allowed for full head movement of the puppet independently from the body. The arms were designed to be operated by two puppeteers – one for the head and Arm 1, and the second puppeteer for Arm 2.

Fabric & Feathers – Sam’s body and wing fronts were covered in a stretchy nylon fabric. His face and wing backs were cut from antron (muppet) fleece.  Feather fringe, feather boa, and marabou boa were used to trim his hair, neck, and wings. All the original fabric and feathers began white and were hand dyed with variations of  a 2:1 Sky Blue:Pearl Gray acid dye hit with a touch of Turquoise.

The Mouth – The structure of the tongue and back of the throat was made from heat pressed fosshape. Red felt padded with a small amount of batting and a short running stitch established the tongue. An additional piece of black felt on the underside established a finger pocket. The whole thing was then glued and stitched into the lower jaw.