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How to start making puppets?

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

  1. Gonzo's Hobbit

    Gonzo's Hobbit Well-Known Member

    Nice tutorial Adam. Thanks. Kinda like the part where you show how to make a pattern for the head by covering it. I'll have to give that a try sometime. First I thing I need to find a stand
  2. Adam Kreutinger

    Adam Kreutinger Well-Known Member

    I have seen people use a mic stand or a music stand. even a plunger works as a perfect puppets stand too. But i always encourage people to buy a new one. just to be sanitary. lol

  3. SJohnson

    SJohnson Well-Known Member

    Swazzle Workshop Sale...

    Hello puppet builders and puppet fans. Years ago I posted a tutorial on how to make a puppet through my blog Puppet 101. Now I'm going to be auctioning that puppet for a good cause!

    For those that haven't heard, former Muppeteer and Puppet School founder Michael Earl, has been diagnosed with colon cancer. Sadly, he doesn't have health insurance, so the puppetry community is trying to raise money to help pay for his treatment. A former student of his set up this site to help him out: bit.ly/OE3p50
    Here at Swazzle, we wanted to do what we could, so we're having a Workshop Sale! We'll be selling puppet building materials including fur, fabric, feathers and fleece, puppet costumes, puppet props, audio equipment including speakers, amps and microphones. There will also be a silent auction where you could win the above mentioned puppet: http://swazzle.com/blogs/2006/03/friday-fun-meet-ratchet.html

    When: Saturday, October 20th, 8am to 4pm
    Where: Swazzle Workshop, 4525 San Fernando Rd., Unit F, Glendale CA, 90035
    Free street parking available.
    This is for a good cause, and 100% of the money raised will go to the Michael Earl cancer fundraiser. Click the link, and please help me spread the word: http://swazzle.com/wp/?p=1460
  4. Gonzo's Hobbit

    Gonzo's Hobbit Well-Known Member

    Cool, thanks for the info SJohnson. Best wishes and prayers to Michael Earl.
  5. Furshizzle

    Furshizzle Member

    I'm struggling myself with materials. Glad I found this forum.
  6. Furshizzle

    Furshizzle Member

    I know it's harder than it seems. I can sculpt ok, so I'm trying to do something with pour-able or shape-able materials.
  7. Furshizzle

    Furshizzle Member

    I'm looking at SmoothOn products, and considering spending my last $200 on some 2 part foam epoxy, but not sure if it will work. Is there another source for foam epoxy, as SmoothOn products are good, but expensive. I went through one batch but the mouths were too hard to move. (I'm trying a fluffier foam next time...it's rated by how much the foam expands, thus how flexible it is.) To stop the foam from sticking, I learned to use non-water based silicone caulk, since sticking was the big issue. The troll in Labyrinth has some of the qualities of my first attempt, as the foam seems a little too thick as I want a flexible face that a puppeteer can creatively shape from inside the head.
  8. LipsGF4Life

    LipsGF4Life Well-Known Member

    When u r finished, let me know. I NEED TO MAKE ONE!
  9. Maisiethemouse

    Maisiethemouse New Member

    I'm really interested in the muppets and would like to start making my own puppets.

    I already have a template and everything else I need apart from foam and that's because I need to know what thickness the foam needs to be. Could anyone tell me?

    LipsGF4Life likes this.
  10. Gonzo's Hobbit

    Gonzo's Hobbit Well-Known Member

    I've found that 1/2 inch foam seems to work best for me. It's thin enough that it's plyable enough but it also has a form to work with. I want to say most people use between 1/2-1 inch for basic making. You'd want thicker foam it you're gonna carve features.
  11. llamallover

    llamallover Member

    For anyone that would like help, I have found that "The Foam Book" really helps. I am new to making puppets as well, and would like to point this out.
  12. Jungle Joe

    Jungle Joe Active Member

    Great post, I would like to ask for permission to share this post on my blog along with your name. Please post any other details in your reply that you want included in the blog post. I can also post links to your websites if you have any.
    Waiting for your response.
    Thank you.
  13. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    Sorry for not replying sooner Joe! I don't log in to the forum as often as I used to.

    The web site that had those articles is offline and quite old (it was for a Project I did back in 2003). They were licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial licenses, so you're more than welcome to repost them. Please just credit them to "Andrew" and provide a link to my blog at www.PuppetVision.info since the original site is no longer online.
  14. ChickyBoy37

    ChickyBoy37 Well-Known Member

    I finally nailed the Henson stitch! but now the only thing I'm trying to do now is to figure out how to attach the mouth plate to the puppet's head!
  15. koala3

    koala3 Member

    Hello! Been reading bit and pieces of this forum and decided to finally invest in making a puppet. I want to start by making a Grover replica. Mostly because I wanted one since I was three. So I found the fur, read how to put in the arm rods, and Adams video tutorial is perfect for the head. Big fan of his stuff too btw! But the body is what is kind of confusing me. He has a belly, his arms look super long, and his hands look over sized. I wanted to invest in a Project Puppet pattern but don't know which one to get. So far im thinking his body is like a sphere with a cone shape on top. Any advice is greatly appreciated. You all do amazing work!
  16. ChickyBoy37

    ChickyBoy37 Well-Known Member

    seeing all this is making me eager to build Muppet Replicas too!
  17. jeremy ridings

    jeremy ridings New Member

    What kind of different material can u use for the mouth. I want to make it safe for my kids just in case they rough house with it
  18. DMort

    DMort Member

    Hey jeremy, no one has answered so I will through my two cents in. It depends a lot on what sort of puppet you are building. If you are using Grey Seal Puppet's 3 piece head method I would suggest foam core, if you are doing something from Project Puppet simple series I would go with gasket rubber. I like gasket rubber because it's flexable and you can contort it to make the face more expressive. You can get foam core from any craft store and sheets of gasket rubber from most hardware stores in the plumbing isle.
  19. FraggleLover130

    FraggleLover130 Well-Known Member

    Heheh.... I just use, ya know, cotton balls and yarn.... :) good for you for going all the way! :)
  20. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    A couple of people have messaged me recently about these links, which were shared here on the forum almost a decade ago. I know longer have the Bear-Town.com domain, but I have a similar section of resources on my PuppetVision web site (go to that link and look under "Resources" in the menu).

    The Tumbles P. Bear Project tutorial isn't online any more, but you can find most of it is on the Internet Archive if you'd really like to see it (images may be missing and some links may not work).

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