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Discussion in 'Muppet Replicas' started by antonydavanzo, Nov 15, 2007.
It's amazing how many slightly different looks she had even in the first few years.
Yipes! You asked me last week and I forgot, sorry!
Anywho, here's a quick little graphic I came up with, it should be about 7.5" from end to end (but maybe cut a 9" piece just to be sure, spreading it over his eyes and making the middle cut by eye, that's what I did).
- Cut out the half-circles on either side, with a flap in the middle that curves back up to the edge from the middle.
- Tuck the lower half under his lid so the half-circle lines up with the peg on the side of one of his eyes, then work your way to the middle of his eyes, tucking it in as you go.
- When you get to the center, you might bunch up the felt just a bit, but that's okay - it'll smooth out a little later when you apply the glue.
- Keep working your way over to the other side, making sure the half-circle lines up again.
After the lower side of the felt piece is all tucked in, it'll be time to hot-glue! As long as you've got a steady hand you should be fine, otherwise, I'm sure a pointy-tipped strong glue-stick would work just as well. All the glue touches is the felt and the white plastic.
- Starting on either end, squeeze an even line along the white lids towards the middle (not too thick, not too thin), stopping before you get to the middle flap. Then quickly fold the felt over and apply pressure (but not too much or you'll squeeze it out) before the glue cools. Hold a few seconds, but don't burn yourself!
- Repeat from the other side.
- Middle flap is the easiest. Daub the glue on the white part in the middle of his eyelids. Fold one side over, then the other, and finally the middle flap. Press, hold, and you're done! Now you've got some adjustable eyelids.
Here's another sketch that sums it all up real quick.
This is what I did, and I love it! It worked out great for me, but everyone has got their own vision of how Animal should look, so please only attempt this if you're confident in your hot-glue applying abilities!
Animal was very intrigued while I was typing this. Cheers!
....Or you can just go to the nearest fabric store and buy some faux fur for about a buck and clip it off and glue it to the white part of the brow, then BINGO!
LOL, yeah, that too. Like I said, this was just the way I did it and it worked out great.
Might I also suggest that there is self-adhesive felt that you can get at Michael's if you're nervous about using hot glue. I haven't tried it yet, but this is what I'm planning to do with mine. I think it will be much easier to correct a mistake this way.
Ah yes, of course! All I've got is Wal*Mart so my pickin's is slim.
wow -that all sounds so .......... complicated. I would be totally lost, lol.
Hmm, methinks me giveth too much detail...lith? Hee hee.
Just look at the second link, explains everything.
I won't be using your instructions, but they are a joy to look at! The detail and quality of your directions are...beautiful, for lack of a better term!
Thanks for the tutorial, Anthony! I like your idea because it does allow the eyes to be posed as well.
I agree, I did enjoy you picture tutorial. I thought it was a awesome drawing that you did.
Just thought i'd take a few pics of my Animal - only just got him outa the box to have a look before putting him away into storage for proper future display, so it aint a great hair day for him, lol, but just for fun, and like people haven't already seen loads of waaaayy better Animals - here they are -
I like him a lot, detail is amazing - though i don't find him easy to pose - those arms seem to just flop anywhere, but i'm getting the hang of it. The hair is another question entirely - i think you guys must be there for days grooming him. Oh and i don't like the eyes really wide in person, i kinda like them half way between the way he comes and wide eyed. Sorry the pics are a bit dark, only had my camera phone to use and it didnt have a flash. I have to hand it to the people on this forum (Jamie and Antony especially) who have taken some fantastic pictures of theirs - it's not until you try it that you realise it takes so much dedication to get perfect!
Great pictures Luke. I agree with you on the eye pose. The extreme wide stance a few have pinned his eyes into tends to cause Animal to appear strange and doll-like in my opinion. Coloring the brow seam really does help too. The hair settles down. Dampening your fingertips with water can help you tame his mane just so. But those are some great out of the box photos. My Animal didn't look so hot right out of the box.
I posted this in the other thread, but I guess no one saw it, so I'm posting it here, too.
I finally got around to taking pictures of my Animal... and here's one for your dining and dancing pleasure!
Animal Greets Kermit
LOL, Looks like Animals about to take a chuck outta Kermit's green a......
Love it WOE!
Great pics luke
I've just received my animal and just have a few questions (apologies if these have already been covered).
1. In regards to the tongue, is there a good foam replacement to buy from anyone that's ready to insert?
2. In regards to pinning the eyes back at bit, where is the best place to do this exactly and would you recommend a particular type of pin for this?
3. For any people from the UK where can I get a silver neck chain and silver bands/cuffs?
Chris - Where did you get the chain you have on yours?
Well guys, he BUSTED into my house and took over. Kermit is NONE too happy. I can tell you that.
ALL **** BREAKS LOOSE!
Why you never leave the room, when potty training another Muppet.
Why is his name Animal?
The ladies know the answer. NEXT!
Hope you all got a kick out of that.
OMG! Animal's such a rockstar.
I posted this in the other thread, but here's a recent photo I shot today of Animal. I've made tweaks here and there trimming etc over the months and I think he's a good compromise on the variety of different Animal puppets they used over the years. I still want to trim him a bit more.
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