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Kermit - my first puppet build and first forum post

Discussion in 'Puppet Building and Performing' started by WalkingEye, Dec 23, 2011.

  1. WalkingEye

    WalkingEye Member

    I recently made my own kermit puppet, well it's mostly finished anyway, i just have to make him some legs. It's my first attempt at making a puppet of any kind, i think it came out pretty well. I used references i found here and some photos i took of an early 70's photo Kermit that was at the touring henson exhibition. He's a bit of a hybrid; it's a functional puppet complete with arm sleeve but i gave him poser arms. Not sure if i like the poser arms or not though. That's something i could swap out and replace if need be.

    please excuse the awful pics, they're camera phone pics, i just haven't had time to take proper pics yet.

    here's the head right after i sewed it ( a bit deflated looking)

    here he is with the body and eyes attatched to the head

    with arms and collar (temp pupils)

    i think he's a bit worried that he doesn't have legs

    poser arms in action (refined pupils)
  2. callmemilo

    callmemilo Active Member

    looking really nice so far, eye... well done
    i'm worried that the collar and pupils look a little too large
    but on the whole this is a fantastic first build, you got the face shape down very nicely
  3. WalkingEye

    WalkingEye Member

    thanks milo! and thanks again with the help on putting on the eyes. the collar is indeed a bit large but i think with a bit of deft scissor work it'll be better. that'll have to wait till after the holidays are over. If you look at the last pic the pupils are a bit smaller and more refined than the other shots. it looks really close to the pics i took of the 70's poser. with that said though, i made the pupils so that they can easily be removed and replaced (very thin black felt backed with thin double-sided tape). i really appreciate the observations, you have a keen eye and your kermit was what inspired me to make mine.
  4. Knucklehead

    Knucklehead Well-Known Member

    Really great ! Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing
  5. KermieBaby47

    KermieBaby47 Well-Known Member

    Beautiful! I'm gearing-up to make a Scooter for my Son, then a bigger Rowlf plush for him as well, and then I might make another Kermit for myself. My first version is almost 20 years old, I know I can make a near-perfect replica of him these days! ;)

    Cheers! He really looks ace!!
  6. TML

    TML Well-Known Member

    Wow! You really did an awesome job with him. If he's your first, I can't wait to see what other puppets you make.
  7. Animal31

    Animal31 Well-Known Member

    Nicely done!!!
  8. WalkingEye

    WalkingEye Member

    Thanks for the kind words everyone. This is such a fun forum with awesome and talented people.

    I'm gonna try to finish his legs and fix a few things that are bugging me, then take some better pics. Eventually I want to make a reporter outfit for him. The coat is gonna be tricky as I've never made anything like it. The hat will be a piece of cake as one of my hobbies is making proper fedoras. It should be fun making a little tiny block and flange to make him a hat. Either that or make him a little tiny Indiana Jones fedora.
  9. rowlfy662

    rowlfy662 Well-Known Member

    wow that is amazing my friend good job
  10. what did you use for the mouthpiece
  11. KermieBaby47

    KermieBaby47 Well-Known Member

    Ha ha, I just noticed that ur walls in the first few pics look like they're Kermit-Green! :)
  12. WalkingEye

    WalkingEye Member

    Rowlfy: thanks!
    ElmoPepper: it's clear template plastic i bought at the fabric store; i guess it's used for making quilt patterns and such. it's really easy stuff to use, relatively strong but quite flexible. i ended up doubling up the thickness for my build though.
    Kermie: you can't go wrong with Kermit-green!
  13. KermieBaby47

    KermieBaby47 Well-Known Member

    Right ON! I have been needing to paint my bathroom...

    So have you performed him for anyone? Or is he just for you? I remember taking my Kermit to a hospital years ago, to sing Rainbow Connection for my stepdad who was recovering from heart surgery. During the first verse, I noticed other patients, visitors, and staff starting to gather outside the room. Afterwards there was a full-on crowd! Kermit talked to a couple kids, but I was too shy to carry on for too long, lol. That was a really great feeling though, making all those people happy!

    I hope you get to share your talent!
  14. WalkingEye

    WalkingEye Member

    that's a wonderful and endearing story Anthony! My Kermit was out and about entertaining my family christmas day... my cousin and her 2 year old were thrilled to skype with kermit. that's been about it so far though. You really feel on the spot when Kermit's on your arm. which is funny because no one actually looks at you, ther're all looking at the puppet.
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  15. KermieBaby47

    KermieBaby47 Well-Known Member

    Ha ha, I know! Total and complete magic. :)
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  16. ToodlesTeam

    ToodlesTeam Well-Known Member

    Wow, this is a good looking Kermit you've crafted here! Very well done.

    And yeah, performing Kermit is fun but nerve wracking too! People love Kermit so much that they really expect him to be the frog! I couldn't do a Kermit voice at all when I built my first replica. I had him at a family reunion and everyone wanted him to sing Rainbow Connection and such, but he had to just shake his head and stay mute! I was able to make up for it with a full performance the next year, and now Kermit is a staple of family gatherings since I can perform him a bit more comfortably. He's a member of the family!

    I'll bring Kermit out around my friends too, but I still only like to use him around people I know. Too much pressure to be Jim Henson otherwise! :p
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  17. you forgot the arm rods and the arm sleeve
  18. Liamblackere

    Liamblackere Member

    I love it !!! did you make a pattern for it? or was it done by eye as you went along ? I cannot say how much I LOVE this puppet its amazing!!!!
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  19. WalkingEye

    WalkingEye Member

    Thanks Toodles! When I focus, my Kermit voice is pretty good... A bit more Steve than Jim to be honest though. It's getting better. When I'm just goofing around my Kermit seems to sound like a slightly drunken Ray Romano.

    Liam: thanks too! I mostly just jumped into it. I saw the drawing of the disassembled master replica head. It seemed off to me so I drew up my own version. The angle of the mouth and roundness of the peak of the head are different as was the underjaw/ neck area. pretty much a total refining but the image of the MR was good for understanding the broad strokes. The mouth assembly I just completely guessed at the size relative to the mouth opening and luckily got it first shot. The rest of the body was just eye-balled too. So basically all I have drawn down is the head and mouth assembly patterns.

    Elmopepper: arm rods are coming! I just haven't had any time the past week. he does have an arm sleeve, just tucked up into the body.
  20. Liamblackere

    Liamblackere Member

    Happy New year sir , I really hope that I dont sound A pain but would you be able to draw
    Me up a copy ,as I think your version is fantastic! Please & Thankyou

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