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The Making of My Rowlf Replica Puppet

Discussion in 'Puppet Building and Performing' started by vic, Oct 31, 2012.

  1. vic

    vic Well-Known Member

    That is absolutely correct! Here is a little update where I am checking out how everything is going to fit.He looks weird because he has no ears yet and the eyes are still cut outs made out of paper.... Stay tuned for the real permanent eyes. Also I haven't finish this nose it still needs a coat of black laquer and the fabric is just draped over his head with no cut or anything. Ps.... Thanks for the awesome comments :)

  2. CaseytheMuppet

    CaseytheMuppet Well-Known Member

    Wow! Very nice! I think plastic spoons with felt pupils would be good. Just be careful with eye focus. :)
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  3. PanthraDion

    PanthraDion Well-Known Member

    Thanks! I'll have to get that book now.:)
  4. CaseytheMuppet

    CaseytheMuppet Well-Known Member

    Yes! You shall! It is a great book. You may have to save a pretty penny for it, though. It's rare nowadays.
  5. PanthraDion

    PanthraDion Well-Known Member

    Hmm... well, no problem. I 'm good at saving up money.
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  6. vic

    vic Well-Known Member

    Ok guys, here is a shot testing one of the permanent eyes and what I think is going to be his final ears and nose . The eyes are not attached yet and not finished if I decide to go with this set I will sand out the rough edges, give it a coat of clear varnish for shine and make him a permanent pupil. Right now the pupil is made out of skulpey :)! the final pupil will be made out of felt or hand painted into the eye... Let's see what you think I am still not sure:
  7. CaseytheMuppet

    CaseytheMuppet Well-Known Member

    That is WONDERFUL!!! I wish I could make something like that! NICE, NICE JOB!
  8. charlietheowl

    charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    I love the fur texture on the ears! Great job and thanks for sharing.
  9. vic

    vic Well-Known Member

    Thanks!!!! and I am sure you can you already have the first ingredient and that is "the wanting" you are only seeing my best solutions so far I havent posted all my wrecks!!! :) for every acceptable nose there are other 4, 5 that are garbage, about 10 eyes that are useless I actually made 3 heads !!! It just takes a lot of trial and error. And I haven't even started with the tuff part which is cutting and stitching the fabric!!!!! Gosh I hope I get this right... It is getting expensive ;) the good news is that once I am done I will know how to more or less make him. And all your feedback is priceless. Thanks again ! ;)
  10. KermieBaby47

    KermieBaby47 Well-Known Member

    Wow. I am insanely jealou... uh, ENvious of you right now man! :D I hope someday to actually find the time to make my own Rowlf, he's the BEST! You are doing such an amazing job with yours, I can't wait to see the finished Dog, and hopefully see/hear you perform him? ;)

    I will add, and maybe it's just me, but his pupils look a tiny bit small and placed too high imo. Though I did read that they're just standing-in for the finals, but I'd be remiss if I didn't say anything. Of course, it's your preference if that's how you want them! :cool:

    Cheers man, and like I said, I can't wait!
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  11. vic

    vic Well-Known Member

    Hi Anthony!

    That is awesome you think I am in the right track!!!
    And yes I think you are absolutely right on the pupils, usually what I do is that I will cut them out of a very flat felt material and stick them with a sticky compound that can be moved and stuck again and again, so I will be definetly be doing lots of testing. I really really appreciate your constructive feedback man;) ps... Tell your little one, Rowlf says hi and potentially sending a shout out to him in a not so distant future on YouTube ;)
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  12. KermieBaby47

    KermieBaby47 Well-Known Member

    Oh my gosh, that would be so amazingly cool!!! :D My Boy is nearly 4 years old now, and he STILL loves his little Rowlf toy I made him. :flirt:

    Fantastic idea about having his pupils adjustable!! On the ONE professional-ish puppet I built almost 10 years ago, I remember using double sided tape for his pupils, and it worked out great for getting his focus just right. ;)

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  13. vic

    vic Well-Known Member

    Absolutely ma man! I will let you know when I am ready to do this, ( at the pace I am going it probably won't be till some time early to mid next year) but I am planning to do so, I will contact you when I am ready. Ps .. What is his name?
  14. cjd874

    cjd874 Well-Known Member

    Hi there, vic. I was redirected here from your other Muppet replica thread with Animal, Elmo, Rizzo, Gonzo, and Cookie Monster...this Rowlf puppet is STUNNING!!! If Jim Henson were still alive and saw this puppet, I'm sure he'd be proud. Heck, I bet he'd want to perform it! Great work so far, and I look forward to seeing the final product!
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  15. vic

    vic Well-Known Member

    Hi cj!!! Man what can I say... You are too much, this has to be one of the most flattering comments I've ever gotten in my life :)!!!!!!!!!!!
    Thank you!!!!!! and I am very very glad you like it so far :)
  16. cjd874

    cjd874 Well-Known Member

    Thank YOU, vic. This is some amazing work here! Thanks for sharing it with us.
  17. SO AWESOME! I'm inspired, time to go work on a puppet! :busy:
  18. uncle deadly333

    uncle deadly333 Well-Known Member

    they are awesome can you try making a lips
  19. crazy chris

    crazy chris Well-Known Member


  20. scandell

    scandell Well-Known Member

    He looks Fabulous. Did you say where you got that color fur? I can't find any that color...

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