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Dan came by my lab last night and had some ideas for improvements on the paper mache lids for animeyes. Instead of apply tiny bits of tissue with thinned glue, Dan suggested using larger sheets and brushing the glue on.
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So I gave that a try and used WD-40 as a release agent. It was ok, but not ideal. I wanted to steer clear of spray-on cooking oil to avoid any residue side-effects.
Dan also suggested applying a strip of bond paper around the rim of the lid to give strength at the pivot points and the strawlenoid connection point.
The “hat band” worked really well. 3 layers of tissue, then hatband, then a final layer of tissue to lock it in.
I abandoned the thinned carpenters glue and opted for Mod Podge which dries clear, is water resistant, etc. And plain old car wax made a really nice release agent. Another Dan idea. Apparently plastic wrap works well too. have to try both and see what facilitates speedy making.
The trimmed end product.
Much lighter than the previous attempt at mache lids. I think these will be easier to manufacture than the “origami” lids in volume, but still need to test the performance of these on a mounted eye.