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The Prop Building Guidebook, 2nd Edition by Eric Hart

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Plastics comprise such a wide variety of materials that to attempt to describe them all in one book, let alone one chapter, would be foolish. Even if it were possible, there are so many new materials being developed all the time that even the most comprehensive guide would be outdated by the time it is published. This is what makes them so exciting for theatre work; with their endless iterations and unique properties, you can solve any number of props problems by finding the right material. Some are transparent or translucent. Many can be intricately shaped by heat. They are often much lighter than wood or metal. Working with plastics in props involves a lot of experimentation.

Many plastics are known by several ...

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