.. Are those actual parts meant to be part of such a mechanism (those eyelids look pretty fierce) or are they found objects?
It's all scratch built from readily available stuff. Ping pong balls, wire, dowel and the black eyelid part is just plastic from the cover to my sketchbooks. Bit of trial and error to get it to one piece there.
..what's your preferred mouth-grip construction? I like to collect different ideas -- a lot of my puppets were made up fast for a show, and the mouth grips (especially the early iterations) are kinda falling apart. Any tips, anything that you like best about yours?..
Actually, this is the first puppet I've made a proper hand grip for. My previous couple were just slits in the foam for my fingers and thumb.
I carved a piece of foam to go under, and follow, the curve of my fingers and fit to the inside of the foam head, then glued leather onto that, and made a couple little leather pieces to loop over my index finger and one for my ring and pinky fingers. Oh, and another little loop of leather for the thumb grip. It's pretty ergonomic.
As it's a small head inside and made to fit my hand, I don't think anyone would find it as easy to use.
I've been wanting to make a quality puppet... but this looks so intimidating!! Very well done!
That's why I always post about how I make mine. Screw this secret hoarding of puppet making ideas BS some do. You'd think they don't want people to further the craft.
I say make anything, experiment, and have fun with it.