The Prop Building Guidebook: For Theatre, Film, and TV

Eric Hart

March 8, 2017 by Focal Press
Reference - 428 Pages
ISBN 9781138183674 - CAT# Y220624

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  • Step-by-step guides to common processes used by all prop makers.
  • Descriptions and images of the most common tools used in various crafts.
  • Covers carpentry, metal-work, plastics fabrication, fabric, upholstery, sculpting, molding and casting, papier-mâché, fiberglass, texturing, painting, paper props and more.
  • Numerous charts to compare products, such as adhesives, plaster and mold releases.
  • Invaluable safety and health information.


Experienced prop maker Eric Hart walks readers through techniques used in historical and contemporary prop making and demonstrates how to apply them to a variety of materials. Hundreds of full-color photographs illustrate the tools and techniques used by professional prop makers throughout the entertainment industry.

New features to the second edition include:

  • Updated information on the latest tools and materials used in prop making
  • Both metric and standard measuring units
  • Step-by-step photos on common techniques such as upholstery, mold making, and faux finishing
  • Expanded coverage of thermoplastics, foam, and water-based coatings


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