Hi everyone! Im building a replica of my dog in puppet form.I know it sounds crazzy,but I just had to do it. My dog is small so right away I knew it would have to be a rod puppet or marionette if I wanted it life size.I chose the rod puppet method due to my lack of good marionette manipulation.I had already made a mouth mechanism and decided to use it for this build.It consist of a flat wooden rod with a top stationary piece.The bottom ''Jaw'' is henged with a spring return. I kind of made a game of it with my dog while I was doing measurements.It was a lot of fun...mostly for him.I got the basic size and shape drawn down.After that I gave my dog a break and began to make a cardboard peice by using the drawing of the torso . I then cut slits In the card board.I made rectangular pieces and slid them in to get a 3d shape.I used pastic bags to fill in the sides and fastened it with tape.I wraped it with a plastic bag as a realease. Youre probuably wondering what the purpose of that was...It basicly made a positive mold for my paper mache clay to go on.I used the recipe for paper mache clay at ultimatepapermache.com with out flowwer.But before I aplied that to the mold I used plaster cloth as the first layer,then I used a thin layer of the paper mache.It worked perfecly.The legs were sculpted seperately. Im afraid ive run out of space so Ill continue with a coment...yikes!