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Just made a Puppet building tutorial!

Discussion in 'Puppet Building and Performing' started by Adam Kreutinger, Sep 6, 2012.

  1. Adam Kreutinger

    Adam Kreutinger Well-Known Member

    Hey guys,
    I just posted a puppet building tutorial. Let me know what you think. I hope it helps.

  2. TheCreatureWork

    TheCreatureWork Well-Known Member

    Just saw this by accident on Youtube and posted it on the Puppeteers Unite! Facebook page and PuppetBuzz :) Awesome job Adam. Love your stuff!!!
  3. downunderbatman

    downunderbatman Well-Known Member

    Wow Adam that's the best puppet tutorial I've seen, thank you so much for sharing this information it's really appreciated.

  4. scandell

    scandell Well-Known Member

    Holy Crap. This is the best ever. I love how you really dive in there...sometimes I try to over-formalize every step! I have got to loosen up!
    Adam Kreutinger likes this.
  5. Adam Kreutinger

    Adam Kreutinger Well-Known Member

    Thanks. I'm going to making the next one soon.

  6. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I'm looking forward to how to make decent puppet bodies... I haven't quite figured that out, so I basically just take 1/2 inch-thick foam, make sort of a tubular body and use that.

    This tutorial helped a lot too, I'll have to keep it in mind for future reference, because I've usually done basic pattern for puppet heads, and the finished skull always results in a rather "flat" head, which I usually have to get like an old pencil or something wedged inside the skull to fill it out more.
  7. dreadnok

    dreadnok Active Member

    really awesome video can't wait to see the next one
  8. TheCreatureWork

    TheCreatureWork Well-Known Member

  9. Battie68

    Battie68 New Member

    I used this today to make my very first puppet. I had a blast and I think it turned out pretty good. Had to go from scratch and sewing experience on the body. Wish I could see/find the video on bodies mentioned in this post.
  10. WayneC

    WayneC New Member

    Note whan stiching I would recomend The Hanson Stick ie Muppet Stich/puppet stich you can see tuts on youtube how to do it justIf you want the skin of your puppet to fit the foam structure, you will have to have sew different pieces of fabric together.

    When you do this, it creates seams. These seams can be hidden, however, using a stitch Jim Henson developed.

    This stitch is often referred to as the Henson Stitch, Puppet Stitch, or Ladder Stitch as seen in this link by TheCreatureWorks.

    This stitch works best on fabrics that are fuzzy. If you try to use this on non fuzzy fabric you will get a strange zigzag effect on the seam. Fuzzy fabric hides this.

    This stitch can be used while the fabric is on or off the foam base.

    For this demonstration by Tom Stewart, a thread color different than the color of the fleece is used so you can see what is being done.

    1. Place the two pieces of fabric side by side, wright sides up.

    2. Put a knot in the end of your thread that has been waxed using bee's wax so your thread won't tangle.

    3. Push your needle through the fabric starting from the under side. Pull the thread all the way to the knot. This should be about 1/8 of an inch or less from the edge of the fabric. (if the knot comes out, make the knot bigger and try again.)

    4. Take the needle and push it into the other piece of fabric from the top. Do not push the needle all the way through.

    5. Catch a small amount of material on the needle, like a quilter would do, and pull the thread through. Do not pull this stitch tight.

    6. Now go back across to the other piece and, starting close to the first stitch, repeat the above step.

    7. Do this for 5 to 6 stitches; keeping the stitches loose.

    8. Pull the stitches tight. This pulls the fabric together.

    9. With the tip of the needle, gently pull out the fleece that was trapped in the seam. Be careful not to pull out your stitches.

    10. Repeat this process all along the seam.

    You now have a seam that is very hard to see and gives your puppet a professional look.
  11. RogerPuppet11

    RogerPuppet11 Member

    Then why is it 2015?
  12. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Hey Adam, I was watching your tutorial again today, and I have another question for you:

    You recommended attaching the mouth fabric to the mouthplate with spray adhesive (which sounds like an excellent idea) - you sprayed both the fabric and the inside of the mouthplate, which has me wondering does spray adhesive work in a similar fashion as contact cement, in that both surfaces need to be sprayed for it to work? I ask because I noticed when you later attached the throat and tongue, only those were sprayed but not the inside of the mouth (that I could see). Also, how long does it usually take for the spray adhesive to dry?
  13. cathicks

    cathicks Member

    Hey Adam,

    Not sure if you are still checking this thread... but to piggy-back on D'Snowth's question: Which spray adhesive are you using?
  14. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    He used 3M Super 77 spray adhesive.
  15. cathicks

    cathicks Member

    Thanks! That's what I figured. Trying to find something better than Super 77. Heard 3M 90 was the next step up.
  16. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Super 77 no good from your experience?
  17. wulster

    wulster Active Member

    I have used around 3 different brands of carpet tile adhesive sprays and all worked fine. watch over spray and set out a good work area and it is fairly easy to work with, do some tests first. If your not careful you'll end up with furry fingers lol

    In most cases ive always had to put it on both surfaces, wait till it is tacky then attach, however in mouth plates I only ever do one side and that's worked for those kind of bits in the mouth.
  18. cathicks

    cathicks Member

    Thank you wulster! Will look into trying carpet adhesive sprays.

    D'Snowth, I've had hit or miss experiences with Super 77. Perhaps I had a bad batch, but I've had experiences where it would never fully dry. What about you?
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2015
  19. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I haven't used it (or contact cement) before, which is why I was asking; I've traditionally used hot glue with my puppets, but admittedly, I get tired of using the stuff: it's not pleasant smelling, you have to wait for it warm up, you have hold it pinched and wait for it to bond, it's really stringy and messy, not to mention the risk of burning your fingers if you don't wear gloves (but meanwhile, you can't get a good grip on anything with gloves on).
  20. cathicks

    cathicks Member

    If you are diving into contact cement, I suggest using 3M NF30. It's water based and less toxic than Barge Glue. Great for foam work.


    For hard mouth plates I use this or Super 77. For soft ones I use Fabrictac.


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