Applying silicone rubber to polyfoam puppets is a fun new combination. It offers surface treatments beyond fleece, fabric and flocking. From intense color that lets foam pores show, to flexible paint and sculptural buildups that can be smooth or textured. Silicone makes foam more durable, easy to clean and waterproof. This workshop is hands-on application and will cover: Silicone as an art material, 2 different cure types of silicone, coloring silicone, making silicone thinner / thicker / softer, surfacing foam with silicone, texturing foam with silicone, coloring foam with pigmented silicone, painting foam with pigmented silicone, finishing / care and repair of silicone, marrying different materials with silicone and foam.
Materials Fee: $5.00
Tom McLaughlin has loved puppets and rubber since a kid. He created rubber skins for such iconic characters as Miss Piggy, Yoda, Jabba the Hut, Ewoks, Chewbacca, Babe the talking pig and the original Budweiser Frogs. His custom rubber formulations have graced needy amputees and movie stars alike. Tom developed the Microcellular Latex Foam Formula still in use today in the entertainment industry (Monster Makers Foam). He literally stretched the limits of rubber skin technology for Babe with the world’s first photorealistic animatronic silicone animals on film for The Jim Henson Creature Shop in London. In doing so, he helped the movie win the Academy Award® for Best Visual Effects. Author of the groundbreaking technical book Silicone Art, McLaughlin lectures on silicone as an art material and gives workshops on silicone techniques and materials. He is a materials consultant, formulator, compounder, sculptor, mold maker, award winning abstract painter, puppet maker, character painter, music composer, audio engineer, sound designer, researcher, writer. Tom’s newest venture – Silicone Art Materials – makes coloring and finishing materials for silicone rubber. Tom may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.