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human arm puppet pattern

Discussion in 'Puppet News' started by Frogpuppeteer, Oct 9, 2006.

  1. Frogpuppeteer

    Frogpuppeteer Well-Known Member

    anyone know where i can find a human arm puppet pattern
  2. wes

    wes Active Member

    You can Get a Pattern for shirt for Huan Hand from Oneway street or puppet productions.

    most puppets you can make Human hand by folding the arms and putting one of these shirts on the puppet thats the easy way.
  3. Phantom

    Phantom New Member

    Anyone have a link to the Rufus pattern? If not, I'll make one on puppetminister.com. It's not my design, so I hope I won't be upsetting anyone by posting the pics. Back soon...
  4. Phantom

    Phantom New Member

    *whew...* I'm back *wheeze*... It's not so much a pattern as much as it is a "this is how it's done". *cough*...Hope it helps.

    Rufus Body
  5. Giar Fraggle

    Giar Fraggle Member

    That's a really nifty pattern. I've been thinking about making a live-hand puppet for a long time now, and that pattern will really help.
  6. RubbeRoomStudio

    RubbeRoomStudio New Member

    This is what i did:
    trace your hand with pencil on a piece of poster board... go down halfway up your forearm... Now go a little bigger (i went around 1/2 in.)... then you have your pattern...
    as far as shirts go(if your puppet is wearing one)... try and find a size that fits your arm in the same color of the shirt you want your puppet to wear... make your long sleeve short sleeve... That may help some:

    it really doesn't show too much but here is a pic of one of my puppet's hands
    a better view Here

    if you are doing one like Rufus, that is the best way i can figure it... it's all about personal preference... "Does he/she wear a shirt or not???"
  7. wes

    wes Active Member

    Hey Phantom,

    Who's Rufus? I seen that pattern before but I don't know who rufus is?:confused:
  8. wes

    wes Active Member

    Hey Phantom,

    Who's Rufus? I seen that pattern before but I don't know who rufus is?:confused:
  9. Phantom

    Phantom New Member

    No idea other than a dragon (I think). I pulled that out of my archives of patterns and junk from the web. I don't even know who's intellectual property it is or I could give due credit.
  10. GabeFirestone

    GabeFirestone Member

    thanks for the great pattern! i just made the head for a puppet last night (which i will soon be posting pictures of), and can use this body! thanks, everybody!
  11. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    I wish I had a scanner handy. I just spent a week here working on new live arm patterns. I will try to get it posted or some pics, but no promises.
  12. dkmontgomery

    dkmontgomery Member


    I was curious who Rufus was also. Oh well, that is a nice humnan arm pattern. I just finished up sa et of human arm sleeves for a puppet today myself. :cool:
  13. SesameKermie

    SesameKermie Member

    I don't know if the link is still up, but the Consumer Monster is another "live-hand" pattern that might work. http://www.consumermonster.com/

    Hope I helped!
  14. Frogpuppeteer

    Frogpuppeteer Well-Known Member

    these are cool and i thank you all but any one have one like fozzies or erinies arms
  15. Frogpuppeteer

    Frogpuppeteer Well-Known Member

    that is supposed to read ernie:p
  16. wes

    wes Active Member

    Hey I sketch-up this for you to give you a basic idea its as simple as this hope this helps:)

    Human Arm drawing
  17. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    An alternate design is to have the sleeve (where the puppeteer's arm is inserted in to the "live arm" of the puppet) at the wrist, rather than the elbow. Where it goes really depends on how the puppet will be used and what is more comfortable for the puppeteer.
  18. Phantom

    Phantom New Member

    I did a performance once where we used one of our regular puppets as a human arm puppet by dressing he (the puppet) and I in white Oxford shirts. I stayed infront of the puppeteer manipulating the puppet and performed all of the hand actions without being attached at all. (Keep in mind we were working behind a 6' tall curtain) It looked good in practice on the monitor and when we reviewed performance footage.

    This is a quick and easy option if you find yourself in need of a human character.
  19. Giar Fraggle

    Giar Fraggle Member

    Sounds similar to the method I use with my makeshift live-hands: I pull a long-sleeved shirt over the puppet's head so he's wearing it, then I stick my arm up through the shirt's bottom opening and the left sleeve, then add an appropriately-colored glove if needed. A somewhat limited range of movement, but it works well for temporarily converting an already-existing puppet into a live-hand.
  20. ElmoPepper25250

    ElmoPepper25250 New Member

    i love the human arm drawing

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