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My second puppet: Skeeter

Discussion in 'Puppet Building and Performing' started by Slackbot, Oct 14, 2012.

  1. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    After building Janken Fraggle I felt ready to tackle a canon character, one who actually has to look like something we've seen before. Well, sort of; Sheeter was Scooter's twin sister in Muppet Babies, and had no other canon appearances outside of kiddie books, if you count those as canon.

    And then Boom! Comics published the "Family Reunion" arc of its Muppet Show comic, featuring an adult Skeeter as designed (and spearheaded!) by Amy Mebberson. That's the Skeeter who won my heart, so here is my attempt at puppetcraft...


    Skeeter Puppet: in a hastily-cobbled-together costume I made out of cannibalized goodwill clothes. It'll stand in until I get the materials to make something much more appropriate. That includes, of course, her striped gloves!


    Skeeter Fraggle: One redhead deserves another. Or something. Um.

    Anyway, as I said, I'm still working on a good costume. I really don't love making clothes, but I guess I can't let her sashay around naked, especially since she ends at the waist. (I don't suppose they make roller derby outfits in infant sizes, do they?) I'm also going to make her a sturdier pair of glasses.
  2. Mo Frackle

    Mo Frackle Well-Known Member

  3. Hayley B

    Hayley B Well-Known Member

    That's pretty good. I wondered what Skeeter would look like grown up. I imagine like Scooter with alot more hair.
  4. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    Boy, That looks AWESOME!!! :)
    I love it! I hope you make more puppets.
  5. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    Thanks, guys. As I said, I was basing mine on Amy Mebberson's Skeeter design. I couldn't give her hair like that, though; I couldn't think of a way to make it that wouldn't have made her look like she was part Twi'lek. I ended up using the thickest yarn I could find in a decent color, chain-crocheting that, then chain-crocheting the crocheted chain, resulting in what looks like funky braids. I guess it proves she's a natural redhead, as only redheads have hair that unruly.

    Already I see some goofs. I made her mouthplates too round; her jaws should be more triangular. Ah well, if I make a Scooter I'll correct that.
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  6. charlietheowl

    charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    There are her clothes, lol. Again, it's really cool that you made this and shared it with everybody!
  7. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    I've done some more work on Skeeter. I shortened and narrowed her neck--from the side she reminded me of a giraffe--and made her gloves. Here she is with a friend...


    Skeeter 'n' Janken: Wow, I can see the progress I've made between these two puppets. (Now I know I'll make a better Jan, but after I get some more experience.) Anyhow, on a whim I gave Skeeter some jewelry: a blood donor pin in her ear and my old freedom rings. I didn't think the rings were particularly her, but, looking at it, I kinda like the effect. What do you think? Still to do: make her a better tank top and shorten the skirt.

    Gah, I hate these 'stuck-on-a-stick' poses. Puppets look so much better when someone's working them. Alas, I can either work a puppet or a camera, but not both.

    BTW, it looks like Janken's taller, but that's only because he has a complete body. If Skeeter had legs they'd be the same height.
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  8. Plaid Fraggle

    Plaid Fraggle Well-Known Member

    Dang, your Skeeter ROCKS. I love her! Awesome job!

    I know what you mean about the rings, but honestly I think they work really well. Some much-appropriate pizzazz, and they add some balance to the stark angles and stripes present elsewhere in the character's dress and design.
  9. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    Finalized Skeeter

    I finally got the supplies I needed to put the finishing touches on Skeeter. Black adhesive-backed velvet for her pupils, earpieces (ripped off dollar-store reading glasses) for her eyeglasses, cloth for her bandana, and a new chain for her necklace. I also shortened her skirt. So, I hereby declare her finished! I may work on her clothing a bit more if the spirit moves me, but I have stuck a fork in the puppet.

    I also replaced Janken's pupils. Originally they were adhesive-backed felt, so he was always giving me the hairy eyeball. The velvet looks so much better.

    I've started work on another puppet, the skull of which has photo-bombed this shot. Its working name is Sneetch.
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  10. charlietheowl

    charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    Janken's looking down at that skull, as if to say "what in the world...". Skeeter looks great!
  11. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    Love the Skeeter puppet! Very well detailed and extremely realistic looking.
  12. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    Thanks, guys! I'll try to post some better pictures of Skeeter later. She looks much more lively when she's not stuck on a dowel, but I can't hold her and the camera at the same time.

    Janken is a bit squicked by the Sneetch skull. Wouldn't you be, seeing the skull of someone who is under construction?
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  13. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

  14. KermieBaby47

    KermieBaby47 Well-Known Member

    SO COOL! :D

    Your Skeeter is perfect! Really LOVE your original Fraggle too, keep up the beautiful work!
  15. JacobsBest

    JacobsBest Well-Known Member

    Wow, I can't believe I haven't seen this before. Well done! Love the hair :flirt:
  16. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    I was Googling around for reference material, and lookee what I found!

  17. Derek Thompson

    Derek Thompson Well-Known Member

    I love the video. Your so right. She comes alive so much when you puppeteer her. Dont get me wrong.....she looks amazing just sitting there but so much more life with you helping out. So cool.
  18. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    Nice video of your Skeeter puppet.
  19. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    Oh, no worries. Any puppet looks better when it's live as opposed to hanging on a dowel with its mouth gaping stupidly. :)

    I think TheSHE124 might be the person I'm talking to in this video.

    I need to make a Skeeter smiley.
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  20. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    So I remade Skeeter!


    I fixed a few things that were bugging me about the old puppet. Her head is a pyramid, same as Scooter's, and her jaw is pointed rather than clamshell-like.She has removable arm rods. Her shoulders are a little better defined, and her dreads are thicker and brighter.

    I'm not sure what I'm going to do about the neck hole. I may sew a choker-like ribbon around it as camouflage, or I may just say the heck with it. She's also going to get my freedom rings, but first I have to get a longer chain so they don't just fall into the body.

    Her neck looks awful, but that's because she's perched on a dowel rod. When there's an arm in there she looks much better.
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