Monday, February 27, 2012

Jest String Clown Noses (1/pk)

Jest String Clown Noses (1/pk)

Product ID : K3450

Price : $2.00

Clown Noses

These simple string noses are made of bright red, high gloss plastic 1 1/2" half spheres with elastic string. Fits on all adults, kids 2 years and up, and noses of all shapes. No adhesive required, doesn't fall off! Also available in 10/packs at a discount (see below).Link

Friday, February 24, 2012

Should Clowns Show Their Teeth When Smiling?

Generally, the answer is to this question is no.

In large part, this has to do with the fact that the titanium white in clown makeup is whiter than your tooth enamel will ever be, even with the modern practice of tooth whitening becoming widespread. Additionally, teeth are a very human characteristic. Pair them with an exaggerated clown mouth, and they just don’t look right, and can even be a bit scary if they haven’t been whitened.

There are exceptions, of course. If a clown is wearing exaggerated false teeth (say to create a gap-toothed look or oversized teeth), the teeth then become part of the character and of course should be shown. Also, for characters wearing minimal “street” or European makeup, smiling with teeth can be perfectly acceptable.

Because teeth aren’t traditionally shown in a clown smile, designing the clown mouth is very important. Although the size will vary (smaller for White Face clowns, larger for Auguste and larger still for Tramp clowns), the clown mouth has some basic elements:

  1. The mouth can be red or black, on an Auguste or Tramp clown it is often inside a larger white “muzzle” area
  2. Apply paint to the lower lip, leaving at least one finger of chin showing – so the mouth doesn’t appear to be “sliding” off your face
  3. Avoid applying paint to the top lip, as it really doesn’t move in smiling and this look just creates a scary “watermelon” smile (exceptions are the tiny heard shaped lips that some white face clowns prefer).
  4. Apply circles at the corners of the mouth, or just a little outward of the corners. These circles can connect to the lower lip or not, depending how large you’ve made that lower lip (again, smaller is ok for white face clowns, more exaggerated for Hobos and Augustes).

Keep the total mouth width no wider than the center of your eyes (for Tramps & Auguste clowns, the muzzle can extend onto the cheeks but keep it above the bottom of the chin). These circles can be even with the mouth line, or above, depending on the look your after (is your character happy go luck, or a bit down and out).

Try different positions on each side of your face, and smile (lips together) in a mirror and practice different facial expressions to see how best to accentuate your natural features. Some tramp clowns forgo the mouth altogether, and have short, black, downward slanting lines at the corners of their mouth, all within a white muzzle.

Try different looks until you feel your face fits the character you are creating.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Striped Socks - Red/Gold

Striped Socks - Red/Gold
Product ID : A51230

Price : $8.50

Striped Socks

Striped tube socks in two colors with stripes all the way to the toe and a top comfort welt. Knee-hi socks feature a woven cushioned foot and are composed of 86% acrylic, 8% nylon and 6% elastic. Striped socks fit most adults.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Napkin Rose Magic Trick DVD w/ 12 Red/Green Napkins

Napkin Rose Magic Trick DVD w/ 12 Red/Green Napkins

Product ID : V2030

Price : $20.00

Napkin Rose Magic Trick DVD

The greatest give-away since the balloon animal! A wonderful alternative for hospital and hospice clowning. Magician Michael Mode will teach you how to easily twist a napkin into a beautiful realistic origami rose. In addition to the basic napkin rose twist, you will also learn several cool tips and tricks developed by Michael over the years and taught on this DVD for the very first time.

On The DVD: Introduction, The Napkin Rose, Making The Rose Glow, One-Ply Napkin Rose, A Rose By Any Other Name - Learn how to print your name or logo right on the rose, Smells Like A Rose - How to make a scented napkin rose Tea Rose - A really great miniature version of the napkin rose, Extras - Learn the best way to carry the roses, give the roses away, teach the napkin rose and much more, Bonus Clown Magic Tricks - DVD Exclusive! Rose And A Kiss - Bonus magic trick with a really sweet ending, Torn and Rose-Tored - A visual way to pull the flower off the stem and magically restore it right before you give it away, Final Thoughts, Credits.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

3 Foot Tall Giant Inflatable Hearts

3 Foot Tall Giant Inflatable Hearts

Product ID : N11492

Price : $13.50

Valentine's Day Accessories

Giant inflatable heart is 3 feet tall x 32 inches wide x 8 inches thick when fully inflated. Inflates via a beachball-like nozzle in a few minutes.