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Eight Balls of Fur puppet

Discussion in 'Puppet Building and Performing' started by Furball 8, Oct 7, 2017.

  1. Furball 8

    Furball 8 Member

    Hi guys. So I'm in a puppetry class and for a finals project, we had to choose something inspired by Sesame Street. So, I chose to make puppets of the furballs from Eight Balls of Fur. This shows my first one, though I am going in a new direction with the fur, but I hope I was on the right track. The legs were the worst. I looked everywhere for fabric that had the right stripes, and found zippo. I then had an idea to use white microfleece and take a sharpie to it, and it works great. Hope you guys like it! :)[​IMG]
     
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  2. Furball 8

    Furball 8 Member

    OK, so heres a shot of four furballs I've made this far. Like I mentioned, I went a new direction with the fur. I wanted something shaggier that had a good amount of movement. I was advised to try yarn wefting. Its typically used for dolla hair, but logically you should be able to to get fur out of it too, and the results are great! Its shaggy, thick, and moves ALOT. I used two different yarns to test. The two on the left are Lion brand while the other balls use Caron. Caron is a tighter wrapped yarn...and it shows. Theres a bit of kink on those furballs. I think I'll stick with the Lion Brand from here on out.[​IMG]
     
  3. Furball 8

    Furball 8 Member

    A quick revision...I messed up on the teal furball because I didnt know what to expect with the yarn weft, so it came out really fluffy. So, with half its fur on, I trimmed its fur down. I ended up finishing it, but it came out looking like it got a bad haircut. 0_o
     
  4. Furball 8

    Furball 8 Member

    Just a quick update. I'm nearly done recording my music cover of Eight Balls of Fur. I figured, I might as well go all the way this project and do something with the music too. I can play all the instruments,but I'm a terrible singer, so it would be cool if I could find someone to sing it. Otherwise I'll use the original vocals. Thats all for now!
     
  5. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    What did some of your other classmates do for their final projects?
     
  6. Furball 8

    Furball 8 Member

    Honestly...I dont know, its still ongoing. The theme is to do something sesame street inspired, so theirs could be as simple as a replica build, but its encouraged to write or re-imagine a skit and to use whatever other skills you have to make your presentation. I'm probably a complete dummy for trying to do something this elaborate, but I thought it would be fun. The project does not have to be completed till December, so there's a fair amount of time.
     
  7. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    Thought the projects were already done. My bad.
     
  8. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    What instruments do you play?
     
  9. Furball 8

    Furball 8 Member

    No worries!

    I play guitar, bass, drums (simple stuff, I'm no Neil Peart), piano, ukulele, a tiny bit of accordion...and spoons. Theres not much demand for spoons though. :D
     
  10. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    What songs can you play on accordion?
     
  11. Furball 8

    Furball 8 Member

    Um...little bit of Ladies of Spain. Some Freddy Fender tunes as well.
     
  12. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    Thanks. :cool:
     
  13. Furball 8

    Furball 8 Member

    Were you thinking about starting an accordion group? :p
     
  14. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    No, but I was just asking. That is all. :)
     
  15. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    What instruments will you be playing on the song?
     
  16. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    They look really cool! Sounds like you put some hard work into them.
     
  17. Furball 8

    Furball 8 Member

    Thanks! They ended up being a little more work than I thought. Originally I was like "OK, a furball is simple. Get some fur fabric, use a baseball template, done." But, the yarn weft fur is so cool looking, I just had to do it. Hope all the work pays off!
     
  18. Furball 8

    Furball 8 Member

    I'll be playing drums, piano, guitar, and bass (talk about jack of all trades and master of none). I think thats all the instrumentation thats on the song...I think. Vocals...my voice sucks, so I'd love to get someone to sing a cover or use the original.
     
  19. Furball 8

    Furball 8 Member

    OK, a new shot of four of the finished furballs, without legs so far. These are all done with Lion brand yarn for fur, and they measure around 8" in diameter. I really like how they came out, I like the shagginess of the fur as opposed to the first one I made. I did a shot of them with some 8's in the background, just to give a better idea of what the finished product may look like. Hope you guys like them! Let me know![​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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  20. Furball 8

    Furball 8 Member

    Hey guys, I just finished my demo cover of Eight Balls of Fur (the one I was doing off and on about a month ago). Basically I played all the instruments (guitar, bass, piano, drums), I'm using Chrissy's original vocals since mine sucks. Hope you like it and if you think anything should be changed, let me know. Thanks!

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ANrUTkTmDqd2h2ADptIdIx-lSNlvJcOO
     

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