Hee hee hee! I made puppets. I am so excited.
My improv theater company in San Francisco is trying something new: a full-length improvised puppet musical. Neato! This came about largely because last year I was sitting around and suddenly thought -- hm. I'm gonna make a puppet. Made two, brought them to rehearsal, where everyone freaked out with joy. Flash to a year later; now I'm directing a whole show with them! So gosh dern it, I better make some more.
This is three or four of them that have been made, thus far--can't post pictures yet because I'm a longtime lurker but I'm slow to post (not for want of a huge backlog of crafts TO post). Marcel, the cheeky fellow in green and yellow, is the second of my two original puppets from last year. He really seems to be a hit with everyone.
Pictures pictures! Can't you just picture these guys singing and dancing?
(Update 2011 -- hahaha, I posted this FIVE YEARS AGO and *just* got PMed for, I guess, having some sort of off-craftster link? . . . that is kind of hilarious! Sorry guys, didn't mean to promote; I just wasn't allowed by Craftster to post any pictures then! ;o) Here are the pics . . .
Along with lots of other inspiration, I made some of these puppets based on a series of nicely-made video tutorials here: http://hobbies.expertvillage.com/videos/building-a-moving-mouth-puppet.htm
AND, I'm working on some techniques outlined in "The Foam Book," by the guys at Grey Seal Puppets. (foam book, get it! it even has "yellowed pages." ahaha.) And let me know if you might have any other construction questions . . . I've really just started doing this, but I *am* learning fast.
Woo hoo! And have a great day.