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How to start making puppets?

Discussion in 'Puppet Building and Performing' started by charlynoa, Feb 20, 2005.

  1. ChickyBoy37

    ChickyBoy37 Well-Known Member

    Thanks alot pal! :) :super:
  2. Patience

    Patience Active Member

  3. ChickyBoy37

    ChickyBoy37 Well-Known Member

    WOW! :super: Thanks a whole lot! :)
  4. Patience

    Patience Active Member

    Kuriboh Man

    Anything I can help you with, just ask! I am new to this, (haven't quite finished my first puppet yet) but I'll try to help in any way I can.

    I spent a lot of sleepless nights lurking the web to find info. Interesting what you can find, especially when you're not looking for something in particular. I was watching YouTube Christian Music videos (actually I was listening more than anything). One night I came across a group called "Portable Puppets". I couldn't take my eyes off the thing. Now I can no longer count how many times I've watched that video, I figured "why not! I could do that too! So here I am! Glad to help!

    If you are interested, here is the link (it doesn't end well):


  5. Greedo

    Greedo Active Member

    I've been having a bit of a problem with the facial construction of a puppet. It's rather complex, and the skull itself is a wireframe covered with air-drying clay. I want to keep most of the features that Ive formed with the clay, but if I sew my light fleece onto it, the features will be lost. The clay is cracked in places, so sewing seems like the only answer. But I need a second opinion: how can I keep the face hairy without hiding the features?
  6. Patience

    Patience Active Member



    I'm no expert, but IMHO you need to make the features on your "skeleton" exaggerated otherwise they will get lost. So adding to your skeleton features may help them show up better, then try the fleece again.

    Doesn't clay make the whole thing really heavy?

  7. staceyrebecca

    staceyrebecca Well-Known Member

    Greedo, are you using model magic? (if not, try it, its lovely)

    is there a way you can patch the clay & then paint it instead?
  8. ChickyBoy37

    ChickyBoy37 Well-Known Member

    If clay doesn't work out for you how about paper Mach'e?
  9. Greedo

    Greedo Active Member

    Actually, I use the Crayola "Model Magic" brand. It's my substitute for reticulated foam rubber.

    Painting is a good idea, I could reduce the chance of it cracking more.
    Hmm, I did get some spray glue that I could put to use, be it fabric or loose fuzz I decide to use. I am not too hot on the idea for gluing loose puppet fuzz onto the face, it would shed horribly.

    Papier mach'e may do the trick, I'll try that for my next puppets. That is, if I can't get my mits on some foam rubber.:coy:

    Thanks to everyone for their great suggestions! I will take all to heart!
  10. ChickyBoy37

    ChickyBoy37 Well-Known Member

    Glad we could help. ;)
  11. feltling

    feltling Member

    i am new here and i was just reading through the posts n had to giggle at that one...cause since i been making puppets and felting...i have had numerous friends rock up with alsorts...<old lounge cusions, mattresses n such> most i tell them to get rid of their own hard rubbish...lol
    :eek:no thx unless its clean or almost new

  12. drmolarmagic

    drmolarmagic Member

    Painting yellowing foam white...

    Hi this is my 1st post....
    I use what is called "junk foam" (I think that's what its called) currently I am making a new puppet...its a tooth (a front tooth specifically) and the issue I'm having is coloring it. White spray paint just won't cover it well. If I use felt, I think I'll loose the features I've carved....any ideas about getting a white coating on the foam?

    any idea would be great....

    By the way I have used model magic for puppet faces and it is great...easily sculpted and light as a feather.
  13. feltling

    feltling Member

    white paint

    I have not really any good ideas as i am new to foam BUT...i would probably go for fabric paint if left to my own devices...well, i use that on stretch fabric for costumes...maybe,maybe not...Otherwise i would go with the felt.Or spray an adhesive or some kind of sealant on first prior to paiting...But these guys in here are chocka block FULL of ideas n suggestions.Its wonderfull.
    Also...what base is model magic.?
    Haha i feel like such a puppet newb..:smirk:
  14. SesameKermie

    SesameKermie Well-Known Member

    For the white coating on the foam look for a product called "Sculpt-or-Coat." I think there is information about it on the threads here. From what I understand, it makes a nice hard looking coating that is still light and otherwise usable for puppetry.
  15. drmolarmagic

    drmolarmagic Member

    white coating

    Thanks....I picked up a product called "modge-podge". its basically a thick waterbased glue coating or glaze. I was going to try to coat the foam and then see if white spray would stick to it.
    If it doesn't work, I can always coat him in felt....
    I will look for the product you mentioned and scan the other threads for it...
  16. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    You can also use brush-on latex (apply several thin layers), which is available at almost any art store. I think Sculpt-or-Coat will give better results though.
  17. drmolarmagic

    drmolarmagic Member

    white coating on foam

    I went with the felt....the other products didn't give me the texture I wanted....(but what texture looks good for a tooth?)
    I just finished cutting the hands from foam and those look good spray painted. The foam arms will have felt covering to match the rest of his body....thanks for all the input....:D
  18. ChickyBoy37

    ChickyBoy37 Well-Known Member

    I think putting white Felt is a good Idea or maybe you can try hardened clay then paint the tooth afterwards. Super Glue or a Hot Glue Gun will be Required.
  19. darkkira

    darkkira Member

    hi im new to puppet building and i was wondering if i could have some help making a female puppet.i have stuff drawn but i do not konw how to make the body. thanks for listening:excited:
  20. muppetcrazy36

    muppetcrazy36 Member

    I just started getting intrested in puppeteering, and never knew u could make ur own! well now i do, and im anxious to try it. just one problem, i dont know where to start. i just learned how to sew to, and i have both a hot glew gun and a sewing machian, if that helps at all. please help!

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