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Live-hand puppet building transition

Discussion in 'Puppet Building and Performing' started by Plaid Fraggle, Nov 9, 2012.

  1. Plaid Fraggle

    Plaid Fraggle Well-Known Member

    Hey guys!

    So my next puppet-building project is going to be a live-hand Mokey Fraggle :dreamy: (I need to make another original character, but the Fraggles are calling to me...!)

    Anyway. So my question here is how to best go about freelancing a live-hand puppet. I don't have the money to get supplies plus the patterns I know of on the internet, and I am pret-ty sure that creating a bigger Fraggle than the other two (I have built a Red and a Boober) I already have and then stickin' on some glovey arms/hands isn't exactly what I should be doing. Or maybe it is. I don't know.

    And that is where you lovely folks come in :) Thanks for your help in advance!
  2. kumakami

    kumakami Well-Known Member

    there are two main ways to do it. The first (as seen in Fozzie, and the swetish chef) the Body and hands are a connected looking thing, like a large sack with mittons attached. the other method used looks like a normal rod had puppet but when you reach just before the wrist there is a extention (like a elbow length glove), the puppet, when looked at full, seems to hand 2 arms (1 coming off the puppet and the "glove" coming from the puppeter) that both connect at the wrist to a hand.

    hope that helped a bit
  3. Plaid Fraggle

    Plaid Fraggle Well-Known Member

    It certainly does, thanks :) I have definitely noticed this. Mokey's totally one of the latter ones, even though this fact is hidden by her robe thing. I think I will *gulp* try to wing it with the creation of her glove-hand...perhaps just kind of experiment with the attachment of those to the stick arms. I just fear the transition from the rod arm to the gloved hand will be too obvious! Ah well. :) Never know till I try.
  4. Animal31

    Animal31 Well-Known Member

    Fozzie isn't a sack design, he's a regular body like Ernie with the gloved arms attached like in your second method. Rowlf or Cookie are the sack design. I would definitely just make a regular puppet and attach the arms to the gloves as suggested...
  5. Plaid Fraggle

    Plaid Fraggle Well-Known Member

    Thanks there! I actually thought that Fozzie was sack design too, though I haven't taken a close gander at Fozzie in a longer time than the Sesame Street guys. Thanks for the advice :D
  6. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    Have a look at this diagram, it might help (if you haven't already seen it):


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