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Discussion in 'Puppet Building and Performing' started by Bear Man, Dec 5, 2015.
Piggy? Looks like a bottom jaw to me.
That Beaker looks amazing & by looks of things your building a Bunsen to go along with him awesome
Oh yeah! LOL! Duh!! Silly me....*delete*
Swedish Chef? That lower lip is so distinguishable!
Yep - Chef's on his way!
Great puppets. Could you tell me where you managed to find the long pile orange hair for Beaker?? I've spent hours looking??? many thanks.
Mendels. Orange Party Monster. I've actually just "rehaired" him, and would recommend giving the fur a boiling treatment briefly before yo use it...the fur as it is, is a little too wispy.
Finally got him finished…
How is Sweedy going?
Look! Over there! It's a clumsy attempt to distract you so I can avoid answering your question!
In all seriousness, he's been put on the back burner. Trying to work out exactly how the original Chef's mouth was constructed is not as easy as I'd thought it would be, and since I'd be looking to make him from fleece-covered patterned foam rather than flocked foam latex, there was the added challenge of coming up with the right mix of foam types and densities so that his face would move properly. He's still the next muppet I plan on replicating, but all that foam was getting very expensive!
So, nothing cookin' ! I guess that is why there is no Swedish Chef replicas around (that I know of). But I am sure you can do it, and look forward to one day seeing the finished product. Bunsen has the same style mouth. Maybe ditch the foam and look for a rubber basket ball as the skull. You could then make a slit mouth that would open and close. You would have to make an internal sleeve/grip to operate it. Then you have to find some kind of flexible fleece. Also, you would have to glue wadding onto the head to change the round shape.
The problem is getting the right parts of the skull to flex - the chef's mouth looks like it moves from almost a horizontal slit to a diamond shape. As soon as you add his big lower lip, though, that reinforces the lower lip as a straight line and the mouth no longer wants to flex that way. Still, I'm reasonably sure I've thought through the solution, and with a combination of improved internal supports, a variety of foam types and a completely foam mouth plate, I'd be surprised if my solution failed. Now all I've gotta do is find the time to build it!
Wow, looks amazing!
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