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« Reply #10 on: August 18, 2009 12:02:09 PM »

Awesome.  That's all there is to say.
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« Reply #11 on: August 18, 2009 03:18:08 PM »

I especially like that his eyes are just a little cross-eyed....and that his eyes close a little or a LOT! Charming fellow, isn't he! Great job!
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« Reply #12 on: August 18, 2009 05:59:03 PM »

Thanks guys.  Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: August 19, 2009 05:03:47 AM »

very cute, I'm sorry if this has already been asked but how do you control his eyelids?
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« Reply #14 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.
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« Reply #15 on: August 19, 2009 06:20:53 AM »

wow, that's awesome.  thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #16 on: August 19, 2009 11:10:53 AM »

NICE JOB! Great craftsmanship -- the hands look especially awesome (I am toooOoo lazy/usually in a hurry to do foam hands with actual nice sculpted roundness -- love the skooshy thumb-bulge on the palm!)

And great job with the eye blink mechanism! I had to figure out one of those for the first time for a commission -- on a papier mache head that needed to be a mold of an actress's face. Yikes. It took me hours. Yours looks seamless and awesome. Are those actual parts meant to be part of such a mechanism (those eyelids look pretty fierce) or are they found objects?

And, 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?

Rock on. Nice job! Wink
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« Reply #17 on: August 20, 2009 08:43:28 AM »

I've been wanting to make a quality puppet... but this looks so intimidating!! Very well done!
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« Reply #18 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.
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« Reply #19 on: August 21, 2009 06:48:23 AM »

hit this rocks.  love it.

Wish I had your sculpting skills the hands are great!
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