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Rowlf Puppet

Discussion in 'Puppet Building and Performing' started by rtgentry, Oct 4, 2005.

  1. rtgentry

    rtgentry Well-Known Member

    Hey guys does anyone out there have a successfull replica Rowlf Puppet that they made? As one of my favorite muppets , Its one that I cannot figure out.
  2. rtgentry

    rtgentry Well-Known Member

    Okay the only tip I have so far for starting a rowlf puppet is to a 7in foam ball in diameter for the head construction. Anyone have any more tips. I need to know what to use for the eyes and espicially the nose.
  3. gfarkwort

    gfarkwort Well-Known Member

    plastic Spoons for the eyes may be good...
  4. Melonpool

    Melonpool Well-Known Member

  5. rtgentry

    rtgentry Well-Known Member

    Okay I have started the rowlf according to the feedback I have received so far. I purchased a couple of 7in poof foam balls from wal-mart. I use an electric knife to cut the mouth. I bought some model magic to shape the nose with. I really want to get the right fur. So I will have to go to jo anns or hancock to see if they have anything close.

    I will try to post progress pics to see what advice I can get.

    Does any have a pattern for the human hand glove puppet like I would need for rowlf?

    Walmart has some furry pillows that would be almost perfect for rowlfs fur. I wish I could get it in a larger piece...
  6. SesameKermie

    SesameKermie Well-Known Member

    It's not a true "pattern" but try looking for the "Consumer Monster" on Google. (I don't remember its link offhand.) The puppet is a similar type to Rowlf, and should give you some ideas.

    Hope this helps,

  7. rtgentry

    rtgentry Well-Known Member

  8. rtgentry

    rtgentry Well-Known Member

    I am really looking for a pattern for the body, which < like rowlf> has the hands attached . I know I have seen an old commerical pattern for a puppet like that. I just cant find it.
  9. KermieBaby47

    KermieBaby47 Well-Known Member

    Here's a picture of my puppet creation, Rufus the Dragon (c):

    The way I made him, his body looks just like Rowlfs. If you'll notice on Rowlf: his arms aren't separated as with Fozzie, they're just one big piece. Here's a quick drawing of how I cut out his body and gloves:

    On my puppet, I used one big piece for the front, and another same piece for the back. MC member Jinx suggested that I use a Seam Ripper or a similar pick to pull the fur out along the seams (when you're all done) to better hide them (be sure to not rip the actual thread in the seam!). I had originally planned to do that, but had run out of time. I still will though, as it's a much better effect.

    Good Luck!
  10. KermieBaby47

    KermieBaby47 Well-Known Member

    I made the eyes and tooth out of Sculpy. Before baking, I took a screw (the same size I'd use afterwards) and carefully screwed it in and out the bottoms of the eyes. The tooth was a shell that I later hot-glued a piece of foam into (in retrospect, I'd do the eyes the same way so they wouldn't be so heavy). After baking all three pieces, I painted them white, then sprayed on an acrylic matte coat for shine.

    As for a Rowlf nose, that's a toughie for me. I'd probably do it the hard way: sculpt it out of Sculpy, bake it, make a mold of it (with Plaster of Paris), then 3 or 4 layer the mold with black-dyed Liquid Latex Rubber. Don't forget to line the mold with Petroleum Jelly when making the mold and when filling it later. I'm sure there's a much easier way, somebody please post it!

  11. ravagefrackle

    ravagefrackle Well-Known Member

    rowlfs nose is made out of wood,
  12. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

    I did a similar puppet with the same design a while back, Murky the swamp creature
    I used the same exact idea. It works really well, especially when you add foam. I've never heard of anyone putting two fingers in anything except the pinky, though. I guess that's preference.
  13. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

    Also, sculpted foam for the head would probably work well. I don't think there's a seam down the middle of Rowlf's face, though, so that may be a little bit of a challenge.
  14. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter Well-Known Member

    Rowlf is actually a fairly simple design. It shouldn't be too hard to make. I'd suggest finding several pictures of him and making your pattern right from that. That's what I usually do when I make my puppets.
  15. Melonpool

    Melonpool Well-Known Member

    You know, there is a preliminary sketch of Rowlf in Jim Henson: The Works on pages 32-33. The reason I mention it, is that it gives dimensions (8 1/2 inches to the neck, 12 inches from shoulder-to-shoulder. I don;t know how accurate those are, but it might be a good place to start.

  16. rtgentry

    rtgentry Well-Known Member

  17. Whatever

    Whatever Well-Known Member

    The puppets that people made in this thread are awesome!
  18. KermieBaby47

    KermieBaby47 Well-Known Member

    Whoa man, Murky and Rufus could be cousins! :D

    I was watching MTM with my nephews the other day, and I did notice that Jerry had his ring and left fingers in Lews' pinky finger. It probably is preference, I just never heard of it!:crazy:
    Looks pretty good to me, and I know what you were saying about those pillows they carry too, I'd been thinking the same thing!

  19. doctort13

    doctort13 Well-Known Member

    Me love this thread!

    My daughter is a Cookie Monster fan, and I have been thinking of making a Cookie puppet to entertain her with. The toy puppet that a friend gave us at her birth is in need of a break...she bites it!

    So thanks for posting the pattern, I'll be sure to take a picture when (ever) I build the puppet.

    I love seeing everyones puppets too!:)
  20. KermieBaby47

    KermieBaby47 Well-Known Member

    So rtgentry, are you still working on your Rowlf puppet? Better yet, are you done and can we see some pics?

    Hee-hee, really love lookin' at other peoples' puppets. Doctort13, can't wait to see your puppet too!


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