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I'm building my second Muppet.

Discussion in 'Puppet Building and Performing' started by BorkBork, May 30, 2002.

  1. BorkBork

    BorkBork Well-Known Member


    You might remember my Beaker puppet.

    I will take some new pictures of the finished one next week and post it here :D

    Well, i used ping pong balls for his eyes.
    Now i am going to build a Sam Eagle, starting tomorrow. But his eyes are a little bit larger, so i can't use pingpong balls. Do you have any ideas for what i should use? :confused:

    I don't want to use paperballs, they are to matte...

    So, please, gimme some tips.


  2. CaptCrouton

    CaptCrouton Well-Known Member

    I know you've already finished Sam, but I wanted to throw some information out about this in case someone found it useful.

    What's worked well for me is covering a styrofoam ball with the end of a sock. Actually, I've covered lots of things with socks before, particularly for blacklight puppets because I discovered how well my socks always glowed with the blacklight.

    But socks are good and elastic and I always have an extra one when it's partner goes into Dimension X through the dryer portal. I recall a number of years ago making eyes for a much more gifted puppet maker by putting sock fabric over the end of a plastic spoon. You just stretch the fabric over the front, and stitch it together in the back. Then I think we fastened it to the head with a glue gun.

  3. Zoot

    Zoot Active Member

    How much would you charge for your art, if some one were to ask you to build them...oh I don't know...A Fire Guy?
  4. BorkBork

    BorkBork Well-Known Member

    are you asking me or the guy who replied to my post?

    Well, i don't know what i would charge, you know i am just starting out on this.

  5. fluffmuppet

    fluffmuppet Well-Known Member

  6. BorkBork

    BorkBork Well-Known Member

    yup, i have seen that. I think they are based on pingpongballs. Tha eyes for sam needed to be a bit larger, so i used styrofoamballs, cut into half.
  7. fluffmuppet

    fluffmuppet Well-Known Member

    Holy poop! That's what I use, BorkBork!! Styrofoam balls 4 life...urrm, yeah..^^;;;

  8. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    Hey, we build custom puppets! Check out our site @ OMCS

    *Unfortunately we can't copy copyrighted characters, but we can build virtually anything original!
  9. Zoot

    Zoot Active Member

    Thanks for the thought. I'll definately check out the site. Do you know if JHC will do that sort of thing for private consumers? How approachable are they about their characters and letting people have replicas of them?
  10. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    As far as I know (though there may be others more "in the know" than I) they don't build Muppets for private individuals or anyone outside the company. I know there have been exceptions over the years, but in most of those cases the receiver had some sort of personal or professional relationship with the company.

    Closest I've seen to an authorized "replica" are some of the nicer plush puppets that have been produced over the years. The last Kermit puppet was especially nice (though it had too much padding in the head). You can probably find them for sale on ebay.
  11. BorkBork

    BorkBork Well-Known Member

    now that i try to make replicas on my own, could they sue me for that? I mean, it's just for personal use.
    I know i'm not alowed to sell, or make money out of them, nor use them in public, or any shows.

    Can i post pictures of my homemade Muppets on the net? How are the rules? Anyone who knows?

  12. scarylarrywolf

    scarylarrywolf Well-Known Member

    OH! I found another good thing to use for eyes. If you need them to be smaller than ping pong balls, get a plastic watercolor pallet from your local craft store (they're only about $1.25). They sould each have ten rounded dips in them where you're supposed to put the paint. You can cut them out with a dremmel and then sand the edges down smoothly.

    And if you need something in a really big and odd shape for the eyes, Steve Troop (melonpool) told me his method using a dremmel and a plastic lamp post cover (which you can probably find at Home Depot). Hav Phun!

    --"Scary" Larry Wolf

    P. S.
    Plastic Easter eggs also work well (note: my screen mug-shot)

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