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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Cat Puppet on: December 12, 2009 08:42:38 PM
Hullo again ladies, I finished another puppet. Took me ages to do, mainly due to it all being hand sewn, and made a second foam head for him cause the first one didn't move comfortable enough, but my scruffy little feline is all done.
His name is Jimmy Boots.








Pics of the build process Here.
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Pimp My Barbie Ride - Oh Yeah! (Warning - pict heavy) on: November 04, 2009 01:00:49 PM
Fantasic stuff!
Now Barbie needs a leather jacket and black shades.
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Monster Puppet on: August 20, 2009 09:50:41 AM
Thanks ladies.
.. 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.
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Monster Puppet on: August 19, 2009 05:44:34 AM
very cute, I'm sorry if this has already been asked but how do you control his eyelids?



The eyelids are moved with the ring/lever, moved by the middle rude finger. Index, ring and pinky fingers are in a hand grip, so they don't move and unfortunately, as seen in the pic, it's an opposite movement, so when you move the middle finger up the eyelids come down. I really tried to make in in the same direction but the set up I used was because of the placement of the eyes and hand and the limited space to work with. It's pretty tight in there.
I stretched some fleece type material over some balls, and used art fixative to stiffen it, to make the red eyelids.
Tried to make it as simple as I could, but simplicity is sometimes a huge pain in the arse to achieve.
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Monster Puppet on: August 18, 2009 05:59:03 PM
Thanks guys.  Smiley
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Quick & Easy Wicket the Ewok on: August 18, 2009 01:52:13 AM
Awesome!
star wars + crafting = win!
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Monster Puppet on: August 17, 2009 09:48:54 PM
Cheers guys.
As for recommendations, iunno, I suck at recommending things. There's muppetcentral forum's puppetry section. That has a lot of useful info but it's pretty extensive stuff to sift through. There's also the puppetsandstuff forum too. For a beginner, the project puppet kits are pretty handy. Haven't bought any yet, but by all accounts they're pretty good. Patterns and handy tips and stuff. For a beginner not sure where to start they'd be perfect.
As for books, there are a couple that I can't remember at the moment.
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Monster Puppet on: August 17, 2009 08:47:34 PM
Hullo Ladies, thought I'd post my new Gerald Puppet in an effort to visit this fine forum more often and also just cause everyone loves puppets.
This is my updated version of my Gerald puppet, as seen in this thread. Updated and improved a lot of things I have learned about puppet making, and he was getting worn out due to my..umm, relaxed attitude toward storing him, ie; throwing him on my bedroom floor.


I made a proper sculpted foam skull for him and gave him an improved eyeblink. The angle of his eyelids was a pain in the arse to do the mech, but after three or four attempts I ended up with a comfy reliable mech.






Wire skeleton in the hands for posability, and removable arm rods.
The hand grips inside the head are covered with leather for comfort and also cause the hand tends to sweat a bit inside a foam head covered with fake fur, so those offcuts of leather I nicked from a bin where I used to work, came in very handy..so to speak.
Few more pics of the process Here.

9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Blur Milk Carton on: August 14, 2009 09:38:04 AM
Brilliant idea and beautifully made. Nice work.
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Kraken on: August 14, 2009 09:36:46 AM
That's as huge as it is awesome!
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