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Puppet-in-Progress: From the foam up

Discussion in 'Puppet Building and Performing' started by Slackbot, May 4, 2013.

  1. cjspiteri

    cjspiteri Active Member

    What thickness of foam did you use for the body?
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  2. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    That's 1/2" foam. That's what I use for most puppet-making.
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  3. cjspiteri

    cjspiteri Active Member

    Thank you :)
  4. Rugratskid

    Rugratskid Well-Known Member

    Slackbot, I really admire your work. Heck, I more than admire it, I love it! :coy: You've done so great with the Fraggles. Scooter, Janken, and... all of your puppets! Have you ever thought of making a puppet of the early Gobo design, before he had (very visible) eyelids and got a haircut of sorts? I actually liked his original design better, and I'd love to see you make him. Just a suggestion though. :) Unless you are taking a break from replicas, or already have someone else in mind for your next project. If so then just ignore this. :p
  5. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    Thanks, I'm really glad you like my work! :flirt:

    I don't plan to make an "early Gobo" puppet. To me, the later puppets are the right-looking ones. That said, the "baby bird" Gobo puppet used in the pilot episode (The Thirty-Minute Work Week) would be an interesting look for another character.

    I'm between commissions and trying something new now. I think I'll post some pictures soon. Anyone wanna see a hairless, eyeless Fraggle head?
  6. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    Here's the current puppet in progress. I've tried to make his face more flexible by thinning the foam in the cheeks, snout, and lower jaw from the inside. The results are encouraging.

  7. AlittleMayhem

    AlittleMayhem Well-Known Member

    Very expressive! ^^
  8. Rugratskid

    Rugratskid Well-Known Member

    Is that a Fraggle? Didn't you already make the Fraggle Five? :p Or maybe that is an background Fraggle?
  9. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    This is an original Fraggle character. I was in the mood to try out a few different things, and I prefer to experiment on new characters. That way, if I goof it up, nobody knows what it was supposed to look like!
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  10. Rugratskid

    Rugratskid Well-Known Member

    Makes sense. Excited to see it progress! :coy:
  11. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    The finished puppet has been posted in another thread. His name is Lawliet. Say hi if you haven't already.

    So I'm still between commissions, and I figured I'd take it easy, chill out, not worry about puppets for a little while. And look what happened when I turned my back last night.


    Is there no end to the madness?!

    I've been considering making finger tubes for the mouthplates, and using Sculpt or Coat, which is recommended in The Foam Book. Is anyone here experienced with either or both of these, and if so can you offer some words of wisdom or point to a thread where this has already been discussed? My goal is to give finer control of the mouthplate so a puppet can make neat faces and enunciate, but without making the puppeteer uncomfortable or making the mouthplate bendy in the wrong direction.
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  12. bigwilly2000

    bigwilly2000 Active Member

    I was wondering how you made the glasses with the eyes? Spoons glued onto black plastic and cut to shape?
  13. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    Yep. I cut the bowls off two plastic spoons, then filed the edges to remove any trace of the neck and to make sure the bowl would lay flat. The plastic is part of a thick vinyl placement I bought years ago. It will be reinforced with black floral wire on the back.
  14. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    I recently checked back at pingpongballs.net. The site has been revamped, cosmetically at least, and I see that they now accept Paypal. I wanted to order some of their 50MM balls earlier, but their BBB rating and comments made me unwilling to send them my credit card info. Anyway, I'll see what quality the balls are once I get them. If they're any good, I'll have a new source of medium-sized Fraggle eyes.
  15. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Yep, paypal is much better a transaction method. If you don't receive your item after seven weeks of waiting, then you can open a case followed by escalating it to a claim to try to get your money/credit payment back. :shifty:
  16. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    I got my order of 50mm balls from from pingbongballs.net in decent time, and they look good. You can see a seam if you look hard, but really it's hardly noticeable. I used them to re-eyeball Red, and they made all the difference:


    They cost about $2 each in a pack of 24, which is pretty pricey for plastic spheres. But when I consider what I spend on ostrich feathers, it's not all that bad.
  17. Puppet crazy

    Puppet crazy Well-Known Member

    I've tried almost every way imaginable to attach arm rods. This is the best so far. It has been the most secure and easy to make method yet.
  18. RogerPuppet11

    RogerPuppet11 Member

    OMG this looks amazing! Do you sell these?
  19. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    I make puppets on commission.
  20. gonzo 1981

    gonzo 1981 Member

    as it is called the material used to skin fraggle? 1mm is felt?

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