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Foam Patterning and Construction Techniques

Book Description

Foam Patterning and Construction Techniques: Turning 2D Designs into 3D Shapes explains how to create your theatrical prop, puppet, or costume design using the unique and tricky medium of foam. Step-by-step instructions, photographs, and explanations illustrate how to translate your design from paper to reality by creating custom "skin" patterns, followed by creation of a foam mockup. The book details how to bring your project to life with varied finishing techniques, including using fur and fabric coverings and dying and painting foam. Numerous supplies, tools, and safety procedures and protocols are also covered.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. contents
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. Preface
  8. SECTION I THE MEDIUM OF FOAM: MATERIALS, TOOLS, AND SAFETY
    1. Chapter 1 materials: foams, tools for shaping, cutting surfaces, and adhesives
    2. Chapter 2 safety
    3. Chapter 3 what type of foam to use?
  9. SECTION II DESIGN
    1. Chapter 4 an approach to design
    2. Chapter 5 renderings, working drawings, and simplicity of form
  10. SECTION III TRANSLATING DESIGN INTO REALITY: TECHNIQUES USED IN THE PATTERNING PROCESS
    1. Chapter 6 additive patterning: adding a surface layer
    2. Chapter 7 subtractive patterning: cutting away the surface layer
    3. Chapter 8 speed patterning
    4. Chapter 9 free-form foam patterning
  11. SECTION IV DETERMINING THE PATTERN DIVISIONS, “TRUING” PATTERNS, AND CHANGING SCALE
    1. Chapter 10 determining the pattern divisions
    2. Chapter 11 transferring patterns to paper and “truing” pattern pieces
    3. Chapter 12 scale: determining the size of the finished piece
    4. Chapter 13 formula for reducing and enlarging
    5. Chapter 14 how to enlarge and reduce pattern pieces
  12. SECTION V PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER: FROM PATTERN TO OBJECT
    1. Chapter 15 how to bevel corners and utilize darts
    2. Chapter 16 cutting pattern pieces out of foam
    3. Chapter 17 gluing and sewing
  13. SECTION VI FINISHING THE DESIGN
    1. Chapter 18 fur and fabric coverings: selecting patterning, cutting, sculpting, and painting fun
    2. Chapter 19 uncovered foam: how to finish
    3. Chapter 20 detailing and bringing to life
  14. SECTION VII THIS SECTION GOES THROUGH THE FULL PROCESS FOR SIX PROJECTS
    1. Chapter 21 free-form foam construction
    2. Chapter 22 making two different shapes from the same foam pattern
    3. Chapter 23 patterned foam mask
    4. Chapter 24 patterned foam armor
    5. Chapter 25 patterned and carved raptor
  15. appendices
  16. index