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Puppet Pattern Sale

Discussion in 'Puppets For Sale' started by bezalel, Oct 19, 2005.

  1. bezalel

    bezalel Well-Known Member

    The Forma Trio
    For a limited time, Project Puppet will be offering The Forma Trio at a very special introductory price! The Forma Trio brings together all three Forma Series pattern kits - The Rotondo, The Punto, and The Ovale. This is a great starter kit for an amateur puppet builder who is concerned with the quality and variety of his puppet characters. For professional puppet builders, The Forma Trio is an easy way to add to your repertoire.

    What's Next?
    Many have asked what's next at Project Puppet. We have been working on several different things that we feel you will really enjoy. Here's a few:

    Add-on Patterns and Instructions for the Forma Series
    We are currently working on patterns and instructions for covering your Forma Series puppets with antron fleece. The kits will, of course, include full-size patterns, tips on dying the fleece, two methods of stitching the fleece for maximum seam coverage, and tips on fleece hands and facial features.

    Also in the works are add-on patterns and instructions for an assortment of eyes, ears, and noses that can be used for your final characters.

    New Series
    What about new series? Not only are we planning new series, but new series at different skill levels. Not that the Forma Series patterns are difficult, but they do require several days to put a puppet together properly. For those who would rather spend a Saturday or an afternoon building a puppet, we will be releasing pattern series that require less time to complete. Be on the lookout for a Monster series in upcoming months!
  2. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Thanks for this update and incredible offer!!
  3. MGov

    MGov Well-Known Member

    I've been working with the Rotondo pattern and I think it's great!

    It's pretty easy to follow. the only thing that has kept me from finishing it up has been a complete lack of free time. But with a little planning ahead, you could easily have a finished puppet over the weekend. And the pattern is easy to build on. With a little creativity, you can use the same pattern and make two very different looking puppets.

    I had never worked with reticulated foam before and now I won't work with anything but. The patterns are a great way to start with the foam without felling like you might be wasting your money experimenting with the good stuff.

    As soon as I have pictures, I'll post them.
  4. Blink

    Blink Well-Known Member

    I am a puppet builder, and I have purchased these patterns myself. I must say that anyone who is starting out, or even any more advanced builders who want to experiment with other techniques for building, should definately consider buying them.

    I haven't had a chance to use the patterns yet, but when I do, I will post pictures as well. Great price for all three by the way!

    I look forward to the additional products from Project Puppet.

    ***Boy does that ever sound like an infomercial.***

    Seriously though, the patterns are well put together, very professional, easy to understand and the end products speak for themselves (here)
  5. keithallison

    keithallison Active Member

    I wish that there were more photos of the puppets on the project puppet site.. or videos. I want to buy a pattern from them but am unsure about what for instance the punto looks like wihtout the mustache and hair and hat... and I'd like to see something other than a monkey done in the rotondo
    Just my thoughts of course...

    oh... hi! new dude on the block here....
  6. bezalel

    bezalel Well-Known Member

    Hi keithallison! Welcome to MC. The drawings of the head shapes on the respective pattern pages are pretty true to form. Here are some extra pictures of the Punto Pattern head without the features. Hope that helps.

    As far as seeing more puppets made with the patterns, I want that too! :)Hopefully the readers of this thread who have purchased one or more of our patterns and have finished puppet characters will send pictures to be posted in the Project Puppet Gallery!

    Thanks for the positive comments Fozzie, MGov, and Blink. I'm really looking forward to seeing your finished puppets! Thanks again.
  7. keithallison

    keithallison Active Member

    thanks Bezalel.. That's helpful indeed!

    I've made a bunch of those 'ministry style' puppets before but I'm not much of a sew meister... I'd like to try out the Scott foam approach. Just out of general curiosity, is the carved scott foam the method by which Sam the Eagle is made? seems so to me.. but what the heck do i know?
  8. bezalel

    bezalel Well-Known Member

    The patterns in the Forma Series really require minimal sewing.

    Sam the Eagle, I believe, is patterned sheet foam. In the Muppet Shows, the foam was left uncovered. In some later movies (I think Muppet Treasure Island) Sam's head was covered with fleece.
  9. gfarkwort

    gfarkwort Well-Known Member

    Does this sale include enough scott foam for all three patterns?
  10. bezalel

    bezalel Well-Known Member

    Technically, yes, you could finagle 3 full heads and all the foam hands out of the two sheets of foam. However, I wouldn't recommend it. It would require a "creative" pattern layout, plus it would leave very little foam left for the characters' features.

    Really, how far you can "stretch" the foam depends on the characters you are building. For example Rupert and Leo were built from one 16x36 sheet of foam. Rupert was made as outlined in the Rotondo Pattern instructions, with no deviation. For Leo, however, half of his head was to be covered with fur. So for that hidden part we replaced the reticulated foam with upholstery foam. This splicing can be done while the pattern is flat, so the head construction steps remain the same.

    I hope that makes sense. If not let me know and I'll take another shot at explaining it.
  11. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    I understood it! :)
  12. handypuppets

    handypuppets New Member

    Punto Photo!!!

    Hey all,
    I am in Dallas, Tx and have had the pleasure to meet Pasha in person. You could not deal with a nicer guy. Now... the truth about his puppet patterns.

    In a word, INCREDIBLE. I got the Punto pattern and it is amazing. I have been trying to learn puppet making by trial and error with minor sucess. The Project Puppet pattern took my whole experience to a whole new place. Very well written instructions, helpful photos and diagrams make it about a easy as you could ever expect. I used my pattern as a base to create a character I call "Vanya" (a crabby guy from the old counrty).

    So far, I've only done the head.
    Photo at www.patrello.com/puppethead.jpg

    Hope this helps you to see what a great product this is. Believe me, I get nothing for this endorsement (nada, zero, zip), but when I really find something this wonderful, I tell people. So... I'm telling you. My first post too. Looking forward to many more.

    Take care,
  13. bezalel

    bezalel Well-Known Member

    Super! He's quite a character. Thanks for posting the picture. When he's finished I'd love to add him to the Project Puppet gallery. Keep up the good work!
  14. bezalel

    bezalel Well-Known Member

    Changes at Project Puppet

    Unfortunately, due to a significant increase (a 30% increase :eek: ) in the price of reticulated foam from our foam supplier, we are no longer able to include the 16” X 36” piece of foam in our Forma Series pattern kits. We will continue to offer the reticulated foam in 16” X 36” sheets separately at an increased price. We feel this will allow our customers, who have not had the chance to work with the foam, an opportunity to purchase it in small quantities. If you have worked with the foam and would like to purchase it in bulk, we are happy to share our foam supplier’s information.

    The Forma Trio is valid through November 13, 2005 and will still include two 16” X 36” sheets of reticulated foam. The increase in price of the reticulated foam has made the Forma Trio an even better deal!
  15. Yahnke

    Yahnke Well-Known Member

    I really was interested in your pattern- but i don't care for the look of uncovered foam. How soon will you have the add on's available. I think i would like to get your patters if they include instructions on fleece covering.
  16. keithallison

    keithallison Active Member

    I just bought your ovale pattern the other day and was wondering if the foam was still included with it as I purchased before you made this declaration of no more foam. If I won't be receiving the foam as well as the pattern, I'd like a refund as I can't afford to pay $55 for just a pattern. Sorry.
  17. bezalel

    bezalel Well-Known Member

    No Worries!

    Hi kiethallison! The foam will be included in your order as with all orders placed before the posting on our website and Muppet Central. No worries! We are not crooks!:concern: If you would still like a refund we would be happy to oblige.

    As a side note, the value of our kits at Project Puppet lies in the instructions and the patterns. The reticulated foam was included with our kits from the beginning as a bonus - to give first-time puppet builders a jump-start. Our foam supplier has increased the cost of the foam two times since we started offering our kits. The first time we continued to sell our patterns at the same price. This time the significant raise in price made it no longer cost effective to offer the foam in the kits. We chose to continue to offer the patterns at the same price (excluding the foam) instead of raising the price of each kit to accommodate the rise in foam costs. Our patterns are very reasonably priced for the quality of instruction you will receive.

    Yahnke - never fear! In a week or so we will be releasing the fleece covering add-on pattern for the Rotondo Pattern. Add-on fleece covering patterns for the other Forma Series kits will follow. We will be running an initial special on the Rotondo Fleece Covering Pattern so be on the lookout. If you haven't already signed up for Project Puppet Updates, now would be a good time!
  18. keithallison

    keithallison Active Member

    Thanks for the quick response.... I belive that your patterns are more than worth the price... I just don't have that kind of money to throw around is all... I wouldn't be able to spring for the pattern and the foam separately is all... I don't wish to have a refund, I want to try your pattern out... I'm sick of making the ministry style puppets (not that there's anything wrong with them, I jsut want to try something new and more advanced. I appreciate you taking the time to answer this.

  19. bezalel

    bezalel Well-Known Member

    No problem! :)
  20. shtick

    shtick Well-Known Member

    I agree with keithallison on the price.

    Since the price you currently have set is for the instructions, maybe you could sell just the pattern for people who would like the pattern but don't need the instructions. I'd pay bout $30 for the pattern alone.

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