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Discussion in 'Puppet Building and Performing' started by Goochman, Mar 11, 2011.

  1. Goochman

    Goochman Member

    Might as well ask since you guys have been awesome so far...

    Does anyone know where to get free patterns or do any of you share your patterns?
  2. TheCreatureWork

    TheCreatureWork Active Member

  3. Puppetainer

    Puppetainer Member

    I've seen one or two free patterns out there but the old adage is true. You get what you pay for. So my recommendation would be to hit up project puppet for some patters. Yes you do have to pay for them but they are TOTALLY worth it! You could start with a simple series pattern if you wanted. For only $19.95 or $24.95 you get a great pattern you can be sure will be useful and from that pattern you can make dozens of puppets! So that's a pretty great value. And with project puppet you're also getting the instructions and tips that come along with the pattern as well so it will help you to learn the craft.

    So while I do own all but one of the patterns offered by Project Puppet I'm afraid I won't share them. Not because I'm selfish or mean, but because of my great respect for the folks at Project Puppet. They've worked hard to provide a truly valuable service to all those interested in puppet building and they deserve our support. We need to respect our fellow artists and give them the credit (and payment) that they deserve. It's an expenditure that you won't regret.

    Which I guess is a REALLY long winded way of saying what Creature Work just said.
  4. Goochman

    Goochman Member

    I've looked there before and I'm sure I'll buy some soon enough, I was hoping someone out there had some that are freely given, I would never ask for something free that isn't isn't offered openly.

    I have the one from Jon at Bashful puppet. It was a great start I'm just looking for a little more variety to really start experimenting
  5. Not sure how successful it'd be having never tried myself, but have you tried looking for stuffed toy patterns? There's gotta be at least free teddy bear pattern out there that could be easily adapted for puppets. Or at least a good starting point to modify or learn how to make your own.
    I never really make patterns myself, as my puppets so far tend to come together without them.
  6. Puppetainer

    Puppetainer Member

  7. Adam Kreutinger

    Adam Kreutinger Active Member

  8. Goochman

    Goochman Member

    Thanks for all the advice! I ended up buying a pattern from projectpuppet. I made the head already, tomorrow it's getting fleeced!
  9. CoOKiE

    CoOKiE Member

    Glad to see that you bought a pattern. I was in the same boat at one point. But i agree. The ppl at PP deserve the money for what they do and they do an awesome job. Lots of tips that come with the pattern so you're really getting more then what you pay for.
  10. Gonzo's Hobbit

    Gonzo's Hobbit Well-Known Member

    I actually have a question about the patterns from Puppet Planet. I'm considering buying one and I think I will lmost definately buy the pattern for the basic sock puppets at some point. However, I have seen patterns, such as the one posted previously and one in a book I currently have from the library, for puppet heads and bodies. So, my question is, if one were to buy one of the simple series patterns does it differ much from any other basic puppet pattern? I just ask because I'm sure it's a greta pattern I just don't know if I want to buy one if I have access to a similar pattern.
  11. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    You can absolutely find very similar patterns in other places. Their sock puppet pattern is very similar to the "Kermit head" pattern that has been floating around for years. The advantage with Project Puppet is that the patterns and instructions are very easy to follow and they remove almost all of the guess work.
  12. Animal31

    Animal31 Active Member

    I noticed on the melon head pattern (and maybe the sock puppet as well) they actually sew the mouth fabric to the fabric head before turning rightside out and adding the inner skull. This was also used in a YouTube video series about building a Kermit. I have always glued the felt to the mouthplate and then glued the fabric around the mouth once the foam skull was in place. Has anyone else used this method instead of glue, and if so, how well does it work where the fabric is loose from the mouth plate?

  13. spcglider

    spcglider Member

    One of the most important things to keep in mind, especially if you're just starting, is that its okay to just build a test puppet first. I always do. Its just an exercise in getting to know the pattern and how to put it together. When a seamstress is doing a new, unfamiliar pattern she'll typically try it out using muslin or something similar so she gets to know how its supposed to go together before she starts cutting up the "good" fabric.

    So, before you get all involved in trying to hit a home-run on your first time at the plate, take a few warm-up swings first. You'll be glad you did.

  14. Gonzo's Hobbit

    Gonzo's Hobbit Well-Known Member

    I have another question about the puppet patterns from Project Puppet. Can anyone tell me the difference between their basic series and their forma series. At a glance the Forma series sounds more in depth than the basic series. But looking at what's included it almost sounds like the same kinda thing as it still comes with a pattern and everything. Does anyone know?
  15. Goochman

    Goochman Member

    my understanding is that the forma series are much larger puppets
  16. Animal31

    Animal31 Active Member

    I think they may also come with a CD and explain about matting fur and such?
  17. Puppetainer

    Puppetainer Member

    Well they are the same sort of thing in that both include a pattern and lots of detailed instructions with helpful photographs. You are also correct in your understanding that the Forma series are a bit more in depth. As the Project Puppet website states a Simple Series puppet will likely be completed in a matter of hours whereas a Forma Series puppet will probably need a couple of days to finish. Also the Simple Series puppets are designed with a neck that is directly attached to the body of the puppet whereas the Forma Series shows you how to build a puppet whose neck is instead sewn to a sleeve that runs through the puppet body and is attached at the bottom.

    And it is true that a Forma Series puppet will be a bit larger. For me the difference is about 16 inches for the Simple Series compared to 20 inches for the Forma. But I've modified the Simple Series pattern a bit so it may be somewhat shorter going by the original pattern. No shorter than 14 inches I'm sure.
    The Simple Series pattern includes a pattern for arms and hands but each of the Forma Series patterns have excellent instructions for making bendable fingers. I especially like the instructions with the Punto Pattern as they also include an excellent method for allowing removable arm rods in your design.

    The instructions for handling fur that Goochman mentioned actually come with either of the two Monster Series patterns.
    Hope that was helpful!
  18. TheCreatureWork

    TheCreatureWork Active Member

  19. Animal31

    Animal31 Active Member

    What ever happened to the little grey guy in your intro? Was he ever finished, he looked really good!
  20. TheCreatureWork

    TheCreatureWork Active Member

    I completed him- gave him away.

    In my last video I explain why that puppet doesn't show up...when I tried to transfer all my footage from my old computer to my new computer it seemed like it transferred fine. When I went to edit the material I found some of the footage had not transferred properly and I got an error code. So I basically had to shoot the whole process over again...was I a happy camper LOL

    Needless to say the new puppet is not as good but as long as the process of building it is not lost. I think the Grey Monster looked better because I matted his fur- I really like that look and it fit his character perfectly.

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