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Your BIGGEST Mistake in Building Puppets

Discussion in 'Puppet News' started by D'Snowth, Dec 13, 2004.

  1. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Let's face it, someone is bound to make a mistake while building puppets, but some mistakes are just too big to handle. I don't know about you guys, but here are some of my biggest mistakes.

    * Attaching the foam head to the foam body. (talk about your stiff necks.)
    * Using cardboard for the mouth plates (they're starting wear out already.)
  2. Uncle deadly

    Uncle deadly Well-Known Member

    well im not smart enough to make puppets!
  3. ScrapsFlippy

    ScrapsFlippy Well-Known Member

    How about:

    - finishing up a head and then trying to put in an eye mech
    - putting on a neck that was only slightly shorter than the torso
    - dabbing at hot glue with your bare fingers. Ouch!

    And my favorite, because I'm gonig through this right now:

    - forgetting to create a pattern so that you can duplicate the puppet without having to rip out all the seams

    -- Scraps
  4. robinthecrow

    robinthecrow Well-Known Member

    Ooooh mistakes! I make enough of those so here goes:

    > Hot glueing fur to a head rather than sewing and covering. Its starting to come off now! :-(

    > Again, covering hand in hot glue!!!

    > Rushing puppet building (curse these deadlines!) rather than taking my time!

    > Putting dye and antron fleece in a wash machine!!! IT JUST DOESN'T WORK!

    > Cutting fur with scissors then realising you've cut the fur and its gone every where. And then suck breathing it in and out the next two weeks!

  5. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    My biggest mistake was chatting with someone in a workshop while waiting for some hot glue (the industrial stuff, not the low-temp) to set and thoughtlessly putting my hand on the workbench without looking...right in to the middle of the hot glue.

    That was a second degree burn (you could smell some of the skin burn). I'm amazed I don't have a scar from it.
  6. punkNpuppets

    punkNpuppets Well-Known Member

    oh where to begin...
    -making my puppets humungus accidentally
    -using cardboard for mouths
    -making the back of the head all round and making the front flat (mistake i did when making my rabbi puppet)
    -when i put the head together and then try to glue the felt on, it always ends up looking like crap. it looks better when i put the felt on the foam and then cut it and glue it into a head.
  7. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Same here HA HA!
    I did that, and I'm doing fine.
  8. scarylarrywolf

    scarylarrywolf Well-Known Member

    OK, fortunately I'm a bit more careful making puppets these days. Most of the problems I have today are far too huge annoying wrinkles at the corners of the mouths because I couldn't figure out how wide to make the fabric mouth opening. Mistakes that haunt me include...

    *using posterboard for mouth plates (3 times worse than cardboard!)

    *stapling instead of sewing or even gluing

    *attaching rods by poking the end out the top of the hand and smothering it with hot glue to keep it there

    *putting contact cement on foam where it didn't need to go

    *not paying attention to the direction of the fur weave

    *sewing head directly to body without leaving space for my hand to fit through the neck

    *attaching lower mouth fabric to upper head mouth plate (<2 days ago)

    Those are some of the most embarassing. Great thread idea! :excited:
  9. Puppetplanet

    Puppetplanet Well-Known Member

    A few weeks ago I was preoccupied in conversation while hot gluing the tongue on a puppet and dropped the tongue on my leg. Since my puppet tongues are basically upside down hearts, my blister is a heart.... although I wasn't feeling much love when it burned me. :cry:

    Oh, and I once had a customer hounding me for their order because the project date was moved up. I was so concerned about pleasing them and in such a rush that I shipped the order of three puppets over night delivery before I realized that they hadn't paid me the balance yet. Never heard from them again. :smirk:
  10. Jivepuppet

    Jivepuppet Well-Known Member

    Biggest mistake?

    Not starting sooner!
  11. Woofus

    Woofus Member

    Ok... I admit it.

    I glued the nose of my 2nd puppet onto his chin. Ooooops! ;)

    (Now he has a nice soul patch there!)

  12. erniebert1234ss

    erniebert1234ss Well-Known Member

    how about using way too much hot glue on a sock puppet nose and trying to put it on with bare fingers. OUCH!

    Also, I screwed up the arms on my Lizzardo puppet, but I worked around it by saying he had had a birth defect from all those pesticides (environmental message from a puppet! ouch!).

  13. ScrapsFlippy

    ScrapsFlippy Well-Known Member

    Most recently:

    I attached a thumb strap and a speedbump to the inside of a mouthplate before attaching the mouthplate. I thought I was being smart, thinking ahead like this.

    Then I attached the mouthplate upside down, so now I have a thumbstrap on top and a speedbump on bottom!

    (if you understood what you just read, and laughed at it, congratulations. You're as big a puppet nerd as I am.)

    - Scraps "really, seriously, I'm not as dorky as I sound" Flippy
  14. Puppetplanet

    Puppetplanet Well-Known Member

    Yay! I'm a puppet Nerd! I'm a puppet Nerd! *jumping up and down*

  15. muppetmayhem

    muppetmayhem Well-Known Member

    At least you guys are smart enough to make puppets. I can't even tie my shoes for crying out loud!~!
  16. ScrapsFlippy

    ScrapsFlippy Well-Known Member


    I don't know. Here's another mistake:

    Sewing fabric directly to foam. Amazing how easy it is for thread to tear through foam! Amazing how I didn't see it coming!

    -- Scraps.

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