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Material for eyelids?

Discussion in 'Puppet Building and Performing' started by greenman, Apr 29, 2004.

  1. greenman

    greenman New Member

    Hi, everybody. I'm new to the forum. I started building puppets a few months ago and would like to know what kind of material (foam, felt) is used to make eyelids on muppet like puppets? I also would like to know if there is any type of thread puppet makers prefer to use when making puppets? I have been using nylon thread because of its strength. Is that a good choice? I do all my sewing by hand and it is a little hard to work as far as tangling and getting knots. Thanks for any help.
  2. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Welcome! :D
    As far as I know, try felt for eyelids. As for thread, Muppets are "seemless", they carve the entire thing out of a block of foam. And they apply the fabric a special so when they do close-ups, they are seemless.
  3. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Actually, on most Muppets you can still see the seam. What HIDES the seams so well is the type of fleece they use to make the characters: Antron fleece. It's kind of got a fluffy surface which hides the seams very well. Of course, with fur, you don't have that problem. After you sew the puppet you just take a comb and comb the fur out of the seam.

    They used to carve whole heads from foam (Bunsen, Pigs, Statler and Waldorf) but now they use a mold and then flock the molded heads.

    For eyelids, you can use ANYTHING; but I prefer the cheaper fleece or the more cheaper felt material. Sometimes, if you use like a plastic spoon ladle, you can paint the eye lids on it, too.
  4. Skeet

    Skeet New Member

    I don't know if they use this method on muppets but it looks really well when done. Try using pipe cleaner for eyelids. It won't be very large though but i guesse it depends on the look your looking for.

  5. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

  6. biblebetty

    biblebetty New Member

    tangling and getting knots

    There is a way to keep your thead from tangling & knots. I do a lot of beaded purse work and also hand sew some of my puppets. I use a wax called Heaven thread or bees wax. just run your thread thru the wax before you start sewing and it will keep your tangles to a mimium. I get a lot of tangles doing bead work and I find this works great.
  7. Whatever

    Whatever Active Member

    ToastCrumbs said that they mold Statler, Waldorf and Piggy, but they still carve everyone else.
  8. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Nowadays, they have molds and flock the results. I think I read that the MFS movie went through 10 Piggy heads? Is that correct?

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