Wormwood

July 10th, 2015

If you’re getting started or want more skills try BJ Guyer’s Puppet making tutorials at Stan Winston.

I missed this class when it was live, but signed up as so as it was on-demand. The class is great. He has a pattern, and walks through foam, gluing, draping, stitching, and decorating.

I needed a puppet for a TV workshop and quickly finished with Wormwood.

 

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Wormwood has removable arm rods using a technique BJ shows using a pocket. I love the mouth plate, with straps, and three pieces to give the mouth extra movement.

While I now have a vacuum foaming machine, I haven’t worked out a good mold, so Wormwood is borrowing some Whatnot parts the sweatshirt and eyes. I had glasses from a Peabody and Sherman DVD that worked perfectly. Also using BJ foam carving class I carved a tongue dyed with rit.



What does Ms Fox say?

July 5th, 2015

Considering I started this one over a year ago, its been far too long for me to post. For the most part she was done last year and has just been sitting waiting for the right activity.

Without further ado, I present Ms Fox.

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Ms Fox was built for my daughter’s talent show, the intent was for her to sing “What does the fox say” as a teacher lecturing to her students.

Here is a shot last year of her in progress. A few things changed from design to finished product. She lost the lips and lots a hair bun.

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She is my first attempt using James Kemp’s human head pattern. The pattern is better than what I did with it. I didn’t build a great mouth plate, and so I stuffed the head with a poorly shaped foam skull.  In addition she has Project Puppet style arms, posable hands, and removable arm rods.  Using a Dr Puppet inspired body she also has breasts I patterned out of foam.

The glasses were plastic and a sheet of foamie. In addition, she has a carved foam tongue dyed dark pink with rit dye with just a touch of red sharpie. Just yarn hair pulled back into a ponytail.



Mandy the Pink Monster

July 5th, 2014

Out of my mass of Puppet making, I purchased some pink fur on the remnants pile, when out with my son, and knew he’d love it.

Using technics I’ve recently learned, and armed with the Melon head pattern, I went to work.

Mandy the pink fuzzy monster. Based on Project Puppet Mellon Head, made by John Arnold Holosite Puppets.

 

Loved making wire hand inserts with my new hand form, and using 1/8″ Steel welding rods, covered in heat shrink, and dipped in PastiDip, I have nice arm rods.



Its been a while but…

July 5th, 2014

It has been a while since I really built anything. I’ve played with a number of things, but haven’t finished anything. I recently joined both PuppetSmith and the San Francisco Bay Area Puppeteers Guild, and finally feel motivated to finish.

In May, I joined a workshop lead by Mary Nagler through SFBAPG, we were provided basic materials and we assembled arm rods, glued a gasket mouth plate, and formed wire hands. We also had another workshop with hands on practice in front of a monitor really puppeteering. While I couldn’t make it to beyond the sock. This was really fun and a great learning experience. I really got to see and experience the value of Arm rods, and really did what I’ve seen on Youtube. In addition I’d never worked with Gasket rubber and see what you can do with a puppet’s expressions.

Inspired by the workshop I was going to make some more puppets. I built a wood form similar to what I used in the workshop, and made some hands.

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This form is great and makes shaping the wire for Project puppet hand patterns easy.

I got out my patterns the Project Puppet mellon head, the Puppetsmith little guy, and James Kemp’s human head patterns.

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After the first day, I had all the pieces of foam, fleece, and fur cut.

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After a few more nights, I had the foam glued, most of the sewing complete, arm rods, and more done. While in progress I agreed to do an Evil frog for my son. Below you can see the progress on the little guy in the green/frosted fur, Mss Fox using James’s human head pattern, the evil frog using the glorified sock puppet and alternate body pattern, the pink furry monster, and my puppet still missing details from Mary’s workshop.

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Well, making progress more to come.



Puppet Mark Slomski has arrived.

November 28th, 2012

Well, I’ve been busy at work, and in addtion to helping with costumes for halloweeen I completed my first commission, for the Slomski Brothers! Now used in their fundraising campaign. The Slomskis can live on in puppet form. Check out their Indiegogo campaign (http://www.indiegogo.com/slomskiway).

The Slomski Brothers formed in the fall of 2009, and since that time, they traveled the US, produced two vaudeville comedy albums, and delighted audiences young and old alike.

Now, we’re proud to announce the 3rd and final album from the Slomski Brothers, The Slomski Way. Mark Slomski has mastered unreleased comedy routines and recorded new songs that are sure to tickle any Slomski fan. The album is nearing completion, but we need your help. The Slomski Brothers are old school classy fellas who to want give you something you can hold in your hand.

We need to raise the necessary funding for the physical production and distirbution fees for the album. This is your chance to make a difference and reward yourself with more of your favorite vaudeville act.

The puppet is based on the Project Puppet (http://projectpuppet.com) pinhead pattern with the alternate body pattern, both at 120%, and I used eyes from (http://suncatchereyes.net). This also included posable hands with detachable arm rods.

Fun techniques for hands, rods, spoon eyes. I need to learn/play with better techniques for attaching fur for hair, and securing the hand to the mouth plate.



My first cuddle monster.

October 16th, 2012

To date all my puppet building had been done on a sabbatical from work. Before returning to work, I dug up some fur I had and made my first monster. I really only had the body done, and I was left wondering how to accessorize him. On a trip to Mendels to look for other fur, I picked up the boa and I had my idea, the eyebrows for the monster would be fuzzy orange. To add an addition touch, I made horns.

Finished I have My first cuddle monster:

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Most of my future updates will have to wait until my first commissioned project can be completed and shown.



Sugar Plum the Birthday Fairy

October 7th, 2012

Its time for another birthday, and so another puppet.

I love the multicolor yarn. Again used the Roly pattern, but changed how I attached the mouth plate to the foam head to lengthen the head.

Still working on hair. This one has a pony tail, and so I assembled the body, and cut out the patch in the head for the hair. I made a circle sewed on the yarn and hand stitched the hair plate on. Then I was able to pull the hair back for a pony tail.

Also love halloween, I was able to get $1 wings from the dollar store.



Mighty Max

August 11th, 2012

I’ve found a little time on my hands, and I’ve finally gotten the chance to do some puppet making. Starting with Project Puppet’s Simple Roly Puppet Pattern I make Mighty Max!

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A while back, I purchased a Project Puppet Glorified Sock Puppet Pattern. I built a goldfish puppet to complete my Cat in the hat Doctor Suess look.

My Son’s were Thing 1 and Thing 2, and at different events my daughter and I were each the Cat in the Hat. As the Cat, I had the fish on my hand, or was the fishbowl for the Puppet.

The was my first time building my own puppet with fleece, foam, and more. And it was the first time using the Glorified Sock Puppet pattern.



Puppet Theme is up.

May 9th, 2009

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