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My first Muppet... Kermit!

Discussion in 'Puppet Building and Performing' started by callmemilo, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. jimmymontana

    jimmymontana Active Member

    Looks fantastic, great work!
  2. callmemilo

    callmemilo Active Member

    Since making Kermit, I noticed I was having a major problem with the eyes. Maybe it was the hot glue adding weight to the ping pong balls, but the weight of the eyes made it difficult to keep them floating symmetrically. I've since fixed the problem by cutting a thin panel of upholstery foam as an inlay to the front of the face. This fills out and smooths the top of the head enough so that the eyes sit a little more comfortably on the puppet. This should help him look alot better in photos too, which is great as I'm taking Kermit out for his Debut at MCM Expo in London at the end of the month, and the folks there LOVE taking photos, lol.
  3. callmemilo

    callmemilo Active Member

    This weekend, I took Kermit out for his first appearance, at MCM Expo in London. I'm looking forward to finding more photos but here's what I've unearthed so far. :)

  4. callmemilo

    callmemilo Active Member

    Kermit posing with a couple of Cats costumers (Alice and Daniela) at MCM Expo. And yeah, I'm totally sporting the Fozzie tee. :p

  5. Bannanasketch

    Bannanasketch Well-Known Member

    Oh wow!!!! I really, really like this! Incredible job!!!!
  6. Is that just normal fleece, or Antron? I'm busting my butt with normal anti-pill fleece tring to blend the seams and it's just not happening. Close, but not perfect. Any suggestions?
  7. callmemilo

    callmemilo Active Member

    All I can tell you is what I did. It's a skill that takes a lil patience and getting used to, but what you have to do is take a needle (preferably a nice sharp sewing needle) or pin, and free the fibres from the seam by plucking them up. I come at them from the side rather than on top. And I try to do it in 2-3 inch lengths, doing either side of the seam individually. Then when all the fibres are loose, I fluff it about with my finger til it looks right.
  8. Did you machine stitch any part of him, or was everything hand sewn?
  9. callmemilo

    callmemilo Active Member

    The whole thing's handsewn. In hindsight, probably not necessary to do it ALL that way, but it certainly gave me a better appreciation for the craftsmanship that went into bringing those characters to life.
  10. DannyRWW

    DannyRWW Well-Known Member

    I always get jealous when I see puppets other people make. I love performing but have never grasped the finer points of sewing. Always have to buy my puppets sadly. Anyways awesome work. I love your kermit puppet. It is really amazing.
  11. rowlfy662

    rowlfy662 Well-Known Member

    that is really cool great work on kermit i wish i had this skill :)
  12. how did you make the hands
  13. callmemilo

    callmemilo Active Member

    I took Kermit3001's tutorial from YouTube and followed it to the letter. :)
  14. Puckrox

    Puckrox Well-Known Member

    Hey, your Kermit looks great! Wonderful job!
  15. How much would you sell it for? :confused:
  16. callmemilo

    callmemilo Active Member

    Lol, I have no idea. Currently I've already got a close friend that's called shotgun on this one. But I have no idea how to price him.
  17. I would buy a newly made one for $100.
  18. I'm remakeing the muppet show as the muppet's kids. So if a yes make it look younger.
  19. Animal31

    Animal31 Well-Known Member

    All the work into that, I would say no less than $175.00 -$200.00 my friend!

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