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Walter Puppet

Discussion in 'Puppet Building and Performing' started by Alfernot, Dec 26, 2011.

  1. Alfernot

    Alfernot New Member

    Can anybody help me with making my very own "Walter" from the new movie. Like what materials do I need, and how many of those materials, etc. . I want to make it in time for my birthday in late January. So please give me the best birthday present ever :) :):rolleyes:
  2. Herry Grail

    Herry Grail New Member

    I posted in your other thread, but today I made a Disney Store plush into a great Walter puppet. Separate the back of his shirt from the pants, pull all the stuffing out of his body and the lower part of his head (in his chin). Them carefully cut the plastic lower-mouth insert to better conform with the shape of the black part of the lower mouth (it pulls with the head through the hole you've made). It's a little tough to manipulate with adult hands, but it displays much better I think. Worth a try...just go to the Disney Store to pick a decent one. I'd like to cover his cloth eyes with plastic ones, but it works for now, and took all of ten minutes!
  3. Alfernot

    Alfernot New Member

    Would you be able to post a few pictures of it?
  4. Herry Grail

    Herry Grail New Member

    Here it is...the ten-minute Walter puppet! He's displayed alongside the regular plush, and he's positioned on a water bottle. The bottom two show my fingers manipulating the mouth, but remember it's just my middle two fingers above and my index finger and pinky below...your hand won't likely fit up into the head.

    [​IMG]
  5. Alfernot

    Alfernot New Member

    thanks! i think i'm going to try it
  6. Herry Grail

    Herry Grail New Member

    I've started removing the eyes to replace them with plastic spoons (I'm leaving the lids, but the lashes come out along with the whites). If they turn out decently I'll post photos in a few days...otherwise he's getting little sunglasses!!
  7. Alfernot

    Alfernot New Member

    Does turning the plush into a puppet require any sowing skill?
  8. Herry Grail

    Herry Grail New Member

    None whatsoever, but if I could sew I would stitch the edges of the opening between his shirt and pants I made. It looks like it will continue to separate, and would be an easy stitch on either side. Of course, you can opt to remove the pants altogether, classic-style, in which case you have the shirt hanging open under the coat.

    I may have bit off too much trying to change the eyes. I will post my results over the next few days...if it turns out badly I'll convert the other Walter plush I have like the one above and leave it at that.
  9. Walter

    Walter Active Member

    Hmm.. Before I do anything, I am trying to figure out how to unstitch the back while leaving enough string to tie off.. I am going to sew the edges of the opening for extra support.. Unlike are friend Walter in the movie, I am not great at sewing..so I will just have to cross my fingers and hope for the best!
  10. Herry Grail

    Herry Grail New Member

    Get some cuticle scissors or a knife blade and pull the shirt and pants apart in the back until enough thread is exposed to snip it. It will start to pull apart easily...then just use some white thread to sew the edges at both hips so it doesn't come apart further. It's all covered by the jacket...mine's not sewn at the edge of the new opening, but I'm hoping it stays together well enough. Since I mainly did it so he displays more puppet-like, I don't plan to stress the opening very often.

    The only tricky part is trimming the bottom plastic mouth insert to conform with the brown lower mouth area. Just keep cutting along at it until you're happy that it conforms better so he loses that severe underbite.
  11. Walter

    Walter Active Member

    Thanks! I'll be careful with the mouth..
  12. Herry Grail

    Herry Grail New Member

    Here's an amateur modification of the Walter puppet beyond the basic unstuffing and mouth-insert trimming I had already done. It looked like a real Muppet to me, except for the puffy eyeballs and embroidered pupils, so I carefully removed them, leaving the lids (the lash lines came out too as they were stitched between the lids and eyeballs).

    I picked up some fabric cement, a sheet of tacky-back felt, and found a couple of plastic spoons. I trimmed the spoons and glued them into the "sockets," trying to set them in a bit rather than just laying them on top of the face. Then I glued the lids down in place, and cut out two strips of lashes and two pupils that were about the same size as the embroidered ones, using a button to trace around. Luckily that stuff is really sticky, so it was easy to stick them in place, and fortunately there was enough play in the felt lash strips not to have to pre-cut them into a curve.

    I didn't use the actual Walter as a model, and I realize the spoons sort of look like...spoons. But I really liked the plush when I saw it, and thought he had a genuine retro-Muppet/ventriloquist dummy vibe. He reminded me of early Sesame Street, even more than Walter himself. So I can't pretend I was making him more like "Walter," but rather taking a base figure that had a lot of potential and adapting it into something that looked like it could be a real Muppet...sort of.

    One of the things that impressed me seeing the real Muppets in that museum tour a few years ago was that the parts looked very hand-made up close, especially the imperfectly round pupils. So this little guy is my own pretend Muppet, rescued from an early Sesame Street skit from my childhood. He doesn't fit over my hand, but he looks smart on a water bottle.

    [​IMG]
  13. Walter

    Walter Active Member

    ...and thats the magic of The Muppets! The most real of characters don't have to look "real" lol
  14. Herry Grail

    Herry Grail New Member

    Over the weekend I saw the awesome blue and orange Whatnot Muppets at Toys R Us for the first time. The top eyes in the orange one's selection (round and lidded) would look great on this Walter "puppet." I passed at the time but plan to get it next time I see it. Since I think those are the same ones I have on the they-make-it-for-you Whatnot I have, I might use them on my other Walter if it looks promising. That would be very close to a real Muppet!
  15. Walter

    Walter Active Member

    I think the ones in the kit are flatter than FAO's... Although the blue whatnot body is VERY close to walter's puppet design( Just the neck is not obscured) and I always thought the oval eyes would look great with some lid customization.. Also, there is a method to getting just the eyes..might save you some money, but it hasn't worked for some people...here's my tutorial just for the heck of it..

    http://www.muppetcentral.com/forum/threads/how-to-order-blank-fao-whatnot.49558/

    Hope it works! Good luck Herry!
  16. Superstarseven

    Superstarseven New Member

    Walter looks like a little anything Muppet with ears.
    He'd fit in well on Sesame Street.


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