THE PROPERTIES DIRECTORS HANDBOOK  

 PROPS for the THEATRE

 

PAINTS/ FINISHES/ DYES

    DESIGN MASTER  
  Website for full product line

        Glossy wood tone

        Walnut wood tone

        Other colors as desired


    SPRAY PAINT

        Black

        White

        Metallics

            Brilliant Gold

            Auto Chrome

        Primer white

        Primer Grey

        Primer Red

        Krylon colors- as desired                      Website for full paint product line          

        High Heat Black Radiator

        High Heat Aluminum Radiator

       

        Glass Frosting

 

    LATEX PAINT

        White- 1 gallon

        Black -1 gallon


    THEATRICAL PAINT (such as Rosco Off-Broadway or Artist’s Choice-Saturated)

        Fire Red

        Yellow Ochre

        Burnt Umber

        Raw Sienna

        Ultramarine Blue

     

    CRAFT ACRYLIC                    DICK BLICK art materials Website for full acrylic line


    GLAZE- LIQUID LATEX


    PIGMENTS (Universal or Cal Tints)                    Website for Douglas & Sturgess products

            Permanent Red

            Burnt Sienna

            Burnt Umber

            Raw Sienna

            Raw Umber

            Ext. Medium Yellow

            Light Green

            Thalo Green

            Thalo Blue

            Lamp Black


    STAINS    (Such as Watco, ZAR, or Minwax)

        Interior wood stain

            Early American

            Provincial

            Golden Oak

            Red Mahogany

            Special Walnut

            Fruitwood

            Ebony

            Cherry

            Black Walnut

     Gun blueing (metal colorant)


    SEALERS

        Shellac

            Clear

            Orange

            Spray- clear

        Bin sealer

        Varathane- Satin

        Varathane- Gloss

        Lemon Oil

        Tung Oil

        Linseed Oil

        Butcher’s Wax

        Paste wax- carnuba

        Furniture Polish

        Krylon craft spray sealer

        Krylon workable matte fixer

        Gesso


    FILLERS

        Rockhard Water Putty 

        Plastic wood

        Joint compound

        Bondo

        DAP blending sticks - colors as desired

        Spackling filler (such as Onetime)

        Miracle wood

              

    LEATHER                                           Website for full leather product line

        Dye

        Cleaner

        Sealer


    METALLIC LEAF                DICK BLICK art materials   Website for full art supply product line

        Imitation gold leaf

        Imitation silver leaf       

        Gold leaf sizing

        Brush ‘n leaf liquid metallic

            Silver

            Gold

        Metallic leaf markers- narrow point, wide point

            Gold

            Silver


    BRONZING POWDERS                                    Website for specialty paints and supplies

        Deep Gold

        Pale Gold

        Rich Gold

        Aluminum

        Copper

        Colors as desired                       

              

    RUB N BUFF

        Gold

        Silver

        Other colors as desired


    FLAME RETARDANT


BRUSHES/ ROLLERS

    Chip brushes or white bristle brushes (disposable) - 1” to 3”

    Foam disposable brushes - 1/2” - 3”

    Studio brushes

    Stencil brushes

    Roller covers

   

 

SOLVENTS

    Denatured Alcohol

    Acetone

    Mineral Spirits

    Muriatic Acid

    Strippers

        Safest Stripper

        Zip 123

    Paint thinner


CLEANERS 

    Murphy’s Oil soap

    409 spray cleaner

    Goof Off

    Goo Gone

    GoJo hand cleaner

    Comet, Bar Tenders Friend or other abrasive cleaner

    TSP general purpose

    Glass cleaner (such as Windex)

    Spic and Span

    Dishwashing detergent  (such as Joy or Palmolive)

    Clothes Detergent  (Such as Tide)

    Brush cleaner

    Metal polish (such as Brasso)

    Old English Scratch cover (Dark, Light)

    Scotch Guard Upholstery cleaner

    Paper Towels

    3M green scratchy pads

    Citrus solvent

    Naval jelly or Rust Beater  (for cleaning metal)

  

ADHESIVES / GLUES

    Epoxy  

        5 minute (Clear and Gel)

        2 hour

        Metal - JB Weld

        Marine

        Putty

    Carpenters wood glue (Yellow)

    White glue - Elmers

    30NF Contact adhesive (for gluing blue foam)

    Barge cement

        Barge cement thinner

    Rubber Cement

        Rubber cement thinner

    Animal glue

    Gorilla glue or other water reactive glue

    Superglue - Krazyglue

    Spray Adhesive

        Super 77

        Hi-Strength 90

        Super 75- Repositionable

        Foam Fast 74

        3M Spray Adhesive for Styrofoam

    Glue sticks

        Hot melt

        Low melt

    Weldwood contact cement

    Waterproof Resorcinol glue

    Construction Adhesive - (such as Liquid Nails)

    3M Scotch glue sticks

    Phlexglue (Flexible glue)

   


TAPE

    Gaffers tape

        White

        Black

    Carpet tape

    Double stick clear

    Masking tape

        3/4”

        1”

        2”

    Packing tape

    Scotch tape

    Scotch double stick

    Spike tape - Green

                    Red

                    Yellow

                    White

                    Blue

    Electrical

        Black

        Colors as desired

   

STEEL WOOL


ROPE/STRING


WIRE


ZIP TIES


FLORAL



SANDPAPER


GRINDING DISKS


PAPER

    Butcher paper- white    24” wide roll

    Craft paper- brown   36” wide roll

    Tracing paper

    Transfer paper

    Grid paper

    Typing

    Photo - Matte and glossy - to fit printer

    Sticker

    Tyvek or map paper

 

SEWING-

    NEEDLES

        Sewing machine - all sizes including Denim, Leather, and Silk

        Curved- hand sewing

        Straights- hand sewing

        Darning needles

        Upholstery - button tufting

    Seam rippers

    Tape measures- fabric

    Thimbles

    Fray check

    Fabric tack

    Velcro

        1” sticky -and- 1” sew-on

            Black

            White

            Tan

    Elastic

        String- Black, white

        1/4” - Black, white, clear

        1” - Black, white

        No-roll waist - Black, white

    Thread

        Black

        White

        Colors as desired

    Hy-Mark

        #12 Black

        #12 White

        #16 Black

        #16 White

        #16 Grey

        Colors as desired


MOLDING/CASTING/ SCULPTING

      Jaxsan

    AB Foam

    Friendly plastic

    Plaster

        #1 Casting plaster or Plaster of Paris

        Hydrocal or Ultracal

    Sculpt or Coat              Sculptural Arts website for full product line


   Smooth-on         Website for full product line








 

   Every prop shop maintains a vast supply of materials in order to do the large variety of work on any given show.  As specific projects require new products those materials are introduced into the inventory.  Keeping products “in-house” allows project work to be completed without waiting for materials and opens the possibilities of what can be created.

     Often when “stuck” on how to create something, an easy way to get the mind filtering thru all the possibilities is to simply open the cabinets and look on the shelves around the prop shop and scan thru the multitude of ways available to build any particular prop. Often a solution comes when your eyes light upon a product and you say, “Hey- what if...”

   

    Following is a list of some of the products found in many regional theatre prop shops:

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