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Wembley Fraggle! Squeet squeet squat!

Discussion in 'Puppet Building and Performing' started by Slackbot, Apr 27, 2013.

  1. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    I'm feeling a little giddy. I've been working on this guy for a long time, and nearly broke my heart trying to get his head right, and I've finally finished the puppet! So even though he's au naturel 'cause I don't have the fabric for his shirt yet, here's Wembley Fraggle.


    Wembley in the Buff

    Have I mentioned that I nearly went bonkers trying to get his head right? 'Cause I did. I made seven skulls and nearly ran out of 1/2" thick foam trying to get his head shape right, and also get it to move the way it should. And then I had to dye, rip apart, and glue on 25 ostrich feathers for that hair-splosion. But in the end it's worth it, because he can enunciate, whistle, chew, gulp, and lick the tip of his nose.

    His skin is actually light greenish yellow. I'm a lousy photographer, so the flash makes him look creamy white. The hair is also a more saturated yellow, like the middle of his baloobius. His hands are poseable and the arm rods are removable

    I'll post more photos of his flexible face when I can find someone to take 'em while I work the puppet, and when he starts acquiring a wardrobe.
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  2. crazy chris

    crazy chris Well-Known Member

    Fantastic work Kim!!

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  3. Muppet fan 123

    Muppet fan 123 Well-Known Member


    Great job! You're really amazing! :)
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  4. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    Amazing job, Slackbot! :coy:
    I love your Wembley Fraggle.
  5. charlietheowl

    charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    Awwww! He looks so cute! Thanks for sharing!
  6. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    Thanks, guys!

    I'm really proud of this little guy. He's not perfect, but he's very close, IMO. I'm especially happy with the way his face moves.I have to find a way to show y'all.

    In the meantime I'm sewing him a shirt. I don't have proper banana tree fabric yet, but I did find a cotton print that would look cute (read: goofy) on him. Man, I wish I could find some chili pepper fabric...
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  7. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member


    Fashionable Wembley: Now less naked and more decent. I fiddled up a shirt for him. I don't have the banana tree fabric yet; this was a quick & dirty job done in a few hours using some fabric I've had in my stockpile for ages. When I do the shirt for real it'll be more accurate, especially the length and neckline.

    Wem is standing on my official puppet-building area, which is a 2'x3' slab of ersatz-wood particle board. He's very literally homemade. I dread the next time I vacuum the carpet, because it'll have to suck out all sorts of fake fur and fleece fluff and bits of feathers.
  8. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    He turned out beautifully. :)
  9. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    So you've got both papas and their children... Will :dreamy: going to be your next project?
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  10. charlietheowl

    charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    Love his shirt! I guess he specializes in shirts with fruits and vegetables on them, hahaha.
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  11. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure. I was leaning more towards :smirk: Papa #3, actually, as I already have all the materials for him except the stripey shirt and neckerchief fabric. But we'll see.

    Actually, those aren't fruits and veggies. Those are chattering teeth and <ConvincingJohn>funny nose glasses!</ConvincingJohn> I tell you what, though. If I could find chili pepper fabric I'd make him a shirt out of that in a heartbeat!
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  12. charlietheowl

    charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    Wow, I thought those teeth were the chili peppers! I guess I didn't pay enough attention to what you wrote, lol.
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  13. Muppetlab

    Muppetlab Well-Known Member

    One word.. awesome :)
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  14. Twisted Tails

    Twisted Tails Well-Known Member

    Oh my gosh! It's Wembley! My number one favorite FR character Thanks for sharing your Wembley puppet project, Kim.
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  15. Bridget

    Bridget Well-Known Member

    Fantastic! He is soo adorable.
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  16. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    Thanks, guys! When I put him next to my Janken puppet I can see how far I've come in less than a year. Before Dragon*Con I'll definitely have a Janken 2.0, and he'll look more like Papa Wembley and less like Rumple.
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  17. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    That's wonderful! I can't wait for the new one to come.
  18. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    In a related matter, I really should build a Scooter...
  19. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    Great. I can't wait to see that too. ;)
  20. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    Neither can Janken. [​IMG]

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