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I'm stuck (glove hand puppet question)

Discussion in 'Puppet Building and Performing' started by Gonzo's Hobbit, Oct 19, 2011.

  1. Gonzo's Hobbit

    Gonzo's Hobbit Well-Known Member

    Hi guys. I got a question if someone can help me. I'm working on a glove hand puppet and I'm having trouble with the arm. I made a similar puppet once before and just attached the arm to the body, stuck it through the shirt and then put my hand up through the whole thing. It worked but I feel stuck in the shirt. I know that the traditional way to do puppets like this is to attached the arm at the elbow ( I think) But I'm still lost at exactly what I'm doing. Do you guys have any suggestions? How do I attach the arm and then handle the puppet so that it looks believable?
  2. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    I have nothing to add, because I'm not a designer at all, but I did think this thread was a literal cry for help after getting a hand trapped in a Puppet mitten.
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  3. Gonzo's Hobbit

    Gonzo's Hobbit Well-Known Member

    Is that a good thing or a bad thing?:confused:
  4. Goochman

    Goochman Member

    I just did this one, it was my first glove puppet. What I did was make 1/2 an arm and attach it at the shoulder, sewed small snaps on the end of the arm. Then I made the glove piece with the antron fleece going up to my elbow with snaps there, then made another 12" sleeve that ran up to my bicep. It worked out great.

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  5. Gonzo's Hobbit

    Gonzo's Hobbit Well-Known Member

    Okay, I think I see that thanks.
    Couple things I'm confused about though, just trying to get clear. What are the snaps for? And I see how the sleeve turns into the puppet's elbow. But you mentioned one that goes to your elbow and one that goes to your bicep, which sleeves are you talking about there?
    But thank you so much for the picture. It was the kind of refence I was looking for.
  6. Goochman

    Goochman Member

    The snaps are there to attach the glove you are wearing to the elbow of the puppet.

    The sleeve actually comes all the way up to my bicep, but the Antron fleece part only goes to my elbow. The rest of the sleeve is black. If you're working with a black background it gives the illusion that you aren't there. The second pic should show you what I mean.
  7. Gonzo's Hobbit

    Gonzo's Hobbit Well-Known Member

    Oh I get it. That's a good idea. I was thinking of just wearing a black shirt. But that would be good just so that there's always a black sleeve. Thansk Goochman.
  8. Walter

    Walter Active Member

    Lol.. I also read this headline and thought someone was stuck:crazy:
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  9. Gonzo's Hobbit

    Gonzo's Hobbit Well-Known Member

    Oh! I get it now. Sorry Beau, Sorry Walter. (although, knowing me there may come a day when you will see such a thread here)
  10. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Haha! Yes, I was just kidding!
  11. Walter

    Walter Active Member

    Lol.. great job on the puppet btw!
  12. Goochman

    Goochman Member

  13. Gonzo's Hobbit

    Gonzo's Hobbit Well-Known Member

    So Goochman, along the terms of the snaps again, how many did you put on to make sure that the arm stays attached when you're moving it around?
  14. TheCreatureWork

    TheCreatureWork Active Member

    Here are some links to help you...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZN2RB6nM2o

    http://www.aaaaaaaaaawsnap.com/2010/06/how-muppets-work.html
  15. Goochman

    Goochman Member

    3 seems to hold it just fine, you could use 4 if you wanted to. I just buy the small snaps at Joann's Fabric and sew them on
  16. Gonzo's Hobbit

    Gonzo's Hobbit Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the link and the video TCW. Those are great. That's just amazing how well the two hands work together in that video.

    Goochman, I don't know if you feel the same wya I do about snaps but after spending half an evening trying to sew those things on my puppet I have one thing to say...
    "Snaps are Evil!"
    My hand hurts:ouch:
  17. Goochman

    Goochman Member

    oh I never said it was pleasant... just that it works well :)
  18. Gonzo's Hobbit

    Gonzo's Hobbit Well-Known Member

    I know they really do. I just nearly through the puppet through a wall because I was having such a hard time getting a needle through those little holes with the thread still on it. I tried using contact cement but that doesn't hold well enough.


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