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Arms length puppets

Discussion in 'Puppet News' started by fishbone, Jan 14, 2004.

  1. Buck-Beaver Active Member

    This is now I think one of the longest MC threads ever - 119 replies. Eek.
  2. Puppetplanet Member

    Noooo, you were number 121, and now I am number 122......... and so on. :p

    David would be proud......or, maybe not. *laughing*
  3. Iron-Fan New Member

  4. Show and Tell Member

    is this what they call muffining a thread? :o
  5. Buck-Beaver Active Member

    Yes. Yes it is.
  6. Show and Tell Member

    ok...just checking
  7. Iron-Fan New Member

  8. Puppetplanet Member

    *stumbles in with the butter*

    are those hot muffins?
  9. Jinx Member

    Hmmmmm, I wonder what David Pannabaker's favorite kind of muffin is?
    (feeble attempt to continue the muffin, but steer conversation back to topic) :)
  10. Iron-Fan New Member

    hmmm....dunno, but I bet when he orders one it doesnt take 4 months to arrive...ahem...
  11. Show and Tell Member

    Well I bought the red flannel mouth material. I still need to go get the foam and spandex which I will probably get at Jo Ann Fabrics in the morning. I still need to trace the neck material yet and then I should be good to go. I haven't heard from Dave P yet but then I know he's a very busy man.
  12. Buck-Beaver Active Member

    Ouch. :sympathy:
  13. Show and Tell Member

    Is the Armslength puppets the best collection of building information out as far as Muppet style puppets goes? Any recommendations to other patterns and construction technics I can buy for my study? I'd like to find information about how Dave designed the shapes for his puppets heads and bodies. The darts are curved and each piece is strangely shaped. How did he design these?
  14. Puppetplanet Member

    Dart technique and placement is a sewing method that is learned through experience or the study of the hobby with focus placed on that particular subject. If your looking to make your own patterns, I would personally suggest taking a look at a few sewing books that would show you the basics of dart placement. I'm sorry that I can't suggest any to you because I learned the art of sewing as a child from my mother and my knowledge is from experience.

    If your looking for immediate results, you could try altering your current ALP pattern by playing with the darts and pieces. I've got basically the same head shapes for several of my patterns on file, but they are altered and require only two pieces for the head with several darts in each. You'd be surprised with the varity of shapes and facial features you could create by just playing around with the placement, size, and shape of those little darts! :excited:

  15. Show and Tell Member

    Thanks for the lead PP. Instant results is great for now but I actually would like to learn somehow about how to place darts on my own. So if I had a shape in mind I might be able to visualize the darts and creat that shape in foam. I'll see what I books I can find online then. Still is there any other great puppet building info out I should get other than the foam book and the ALP kit and videos?
  16. DPuppets Member

    I have posted in this or in one of the forums on how David made those heads. The darts placement comes in the way he designs his heads. They sorta come by themselves.
  17. Traveling Matt New Member

    Is there any news about whether Arms Length will go back into production of their puppet line?

  18. Puppetplanet Member

    Check out the book called Puppet Mania by John Kennedy. Buck suggested it a while back and I went out and grabbed it right away...... what a fantastic book! It has some really cool puppet ideas. The most valuable instruction in there (In my oppinion) was the section on a cheap blinking eye puppet. He only used a paper plate and walnut shells, but a light bulb went on in my head and I've almost got a final draft of my own version for my line of professional puppets.

    I bought it from Barnes n Noble for about $15..... well worth every penny.

  19. Show and Tell Member

    Awesome! thanks again PP. Yes I did read in the forum something about that book and I even looked it up before. I think I have a link to it somewhere in my fav's.
  20. DPuppets Member

    I heard throught the grape vine that you will see them back up soon.

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