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Title: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Abdolos on March 15, 2010, 12:23:23 am
A few months ago, Shawn asked everyone if they used any "jigs" in the construction of their puppets.  At the time I really didn't use any such guide, but I did have several things that I had built to assist me in the construction process.  Let's call them tools.  So I'm wondering what kinds of tools everyone else has built for their workshops.  Anybody?

Here are mine:

The Keys to the Kingdom:
(http://puppetsandstuff.com/2008gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=12142&g2_serialNumber=2) (http://puppetsandstuff.com/community/index.php?action=gallery&g2_itemId=12140)
I love dowel.  I use these labelled pieces to measure the parts already built into a prototype, and to choose which size to use next.  They rattle pleasantly.

String Dolly:
(http://puppetsandstuff.com/2008gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=12145&g2_serialNumber=2) (http://puppetsandstuff.com/community/index.php?action=gallery&g2_itemId=12143)
'Nuff said.

Sticker Spoon:
(http://puppetsandstuff.com/2008gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=12148&g2_serialNumber=2) (http://puppetsandstuff.com/community/index.php?action=gallery&g2_itemId=12146)
This thing's for peeling the annoying barcode stickers off of dowel.  Why do they need to use such gummy glue?  I didn't really invent this tool as much as discover its workings in a piece of scrap wood that my brother left in my workshop.  I made this one when the scrap wood finally broke.

Bit Block:
(http://puppetsandstuff.com/2008gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=12154&g2_serialNumber=2) (http://puppetsandstuff.com/community/index.php?action=gallery&g2_itemId=12152)
I use a few bits regularly, so I'd rather they were all ready-to-hand.

Glue Smudge:
(http://puppetsandstuff.com/2008gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=12139&g2_serialNumber=2) (http://puppetsandstuff.com/community/index.php?action=gallery&g2_itemId=12137)
My fat fingers can't reach to the bottom of the right angles where the pieces of wood that I'm gluing meet.  But with a piece of dowel that I've sharpened I can dab the glue right where I want it.

Controller Template:
(http://puppetsandstuff.com/2008gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=12151&g2_serialNumber=2) (http://puppetsandstuff.com/community/index.php?action=gallery&g2_itemId=12149)
I made this after Shawn asked about the use of jigs, otherwise I'd have posted it earlier.  By placing the template on the side-stay of the controller and pushing a pin through the holes, the places where large-gauge holes are supposed to be drilled are marked.  Time saving!

And here's the thing that I built today, the Joint Stringer:
(http://puppetsandstuff.com/2008gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=12133&g2_serialNumber=2) (http://puppetsandstuff.com/community/index.php?action=gallery&g2_itemId=12131)
My hands are sore!  It's a miniature juggling act to hold the different pieces of a joint in the right relative positions and tie a tight, accurate knot at the same time.  So  the Joint Stringer acts as an extra hand or two.  It's really just a miniature vice six inches across.  Here it is with a joint being strung in it:
(http://puppetsandstuff.com/2008gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=12129&g2_serialNumber=2) (http://puppetsandstuff.com/community/index.php?action=gallery&g2_itemId=12127)
Or for a sharper angle I can use it this way:
(http://puppetsandstuff.com/2008gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=12136&g2_serialNumber=2) (http://puppetsandstuff.com/community/index.php?action=gallery&g2_itemId=12134)
The extra holes allow me to reposition the bolts if they get in the way.  For such a simple device, it sure took me a long time to think of it.

Now the rest of you folks.  Is there any thing that you've built, no matter how simple, to help you in your work?




Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Nikole H. on March 15, 2010, 05:45:03 am
VERY CLEVER!!! :D


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Na on March 15, 2010, 08:00:01 am
Brilliant ideas! I've bookmarked this, because I'm currently in the middle of writing a 'gift guide' for the puppeteer's workshop. Little useful gadgets like this are exactly what I'd be writing about - so if you have any more good suggestions, please post them!


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Abdolos on March 15, 2010, 08:27:20 pm
Well, Na, if you have a guide going, maybe you'd like to add a few of your own?


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Na on March 15, 2010, 09:00:30 pm
Well, I have some ideas, but I'd really love to see all the gadgets that other people are coming up with. More out of personal curiousity than anything else!


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Abdolos on March 15, 2010, 09:05:41 pm
You've gotta share if you wanna be shared with!  Let's hear it!


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Na on March 15, 2010, 11:37:47 pm
Good point :)

I don't have any pics at hand, but here's some ideas:

 - Get a foam block they use for flower displays, grab a piece of dowel and poke holes in it (not too far down, just about an inch or two) an inch or so apart. You can now use the foam block to put rods in it. It's good for mass-production of gluing wire into dowel for rods. I've got a block with about 20 rods stuck in it, and it keeps your rods nice and straight while they dry. (Just be sure to wipe down the rods after taking them out - I find the foam leaves a little grit on the dowel) You can do the same but to keep your pens, pencils, etc handy

- Not really a gadget, but I've found that a good way to store patterns you use a lot is to get a magazine file holder (see link below) and some folder tab dividers (second link). Put the tab dividers into the file holder, labelled for each pattern, and then slot the patterns in between each divider. I've been finding it much better than having a plastic pocket or other type of folder; I also tend to use patterns a lot, so this keeps them neat, tidy and still on my desk where I can see them and quickly grab whatever I need. (A piece of masking tape is handy for smaller patterns, because then you can tape them to the divider and not have to go looking for it in amongst the larger pieces)

http://www.amazon.com/MAGAZINE-HOLDERS-BRIGHT-CORRUGATED-COLORS/dp/B0030KZHNM/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=office-products&qid=1268717573&sr=1-5

http://www.amazon.com/Wilson-Jones-Insertable-Multicolor-W54311A/dp/B00006ICEM/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&s=office-products&qid=1268717669&sr=1-7

... I don't really have any other gadgets or useful suggestions, except for the obvious ones (storage units, etc)


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Abdolos on March 29, 2010, 08:34:41 pm
N.B.:
I discovered that my little vice can hold the tiny pieces of wood that I'm drilling and sanding with my dremel:
(http://puppetsandstuff.com/2008gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=12339&g2_serialNumber=2) (http://puppetsandstuff.com/community/index.php?action=gallery&g2_itemId=12337) 
Not a huge surprise, but it sure does make them easier to hold onto!  My hands thank me again.   :)


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: StiqPuppet Productions on April 02, 2010, 04:43:47 pm
I have a few things that I use like an old paper towel table top holders....to keep tape organized since I have about 8 different kinds.    I also use the knives holder magnets that stick on the wall for keeping my scissors and other tools within reach when I need them.

If you check out the pictures below you can see my studio that I work in and how it is organized.  I have many more ideas that are simple but work and pretty cheap as well.

(http://puppetsandstuff.com/2008gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=4703&g2_serialNumber=2) (http://puppetsandstuff.com/community/index.php?action=gallery&g2_itemId=4702)

(http://puppetsandstuff.com/2008gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=4709&g2_serialNumber=2) (http://puppetsandstuff.com/community/index.php?action=gallery&g2_itemId=4708)

(http://puppetsandstuff.com/2008gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=4706&g2_serialNumber=2) (http://puppetsandstuff.com/community/index.php?action=gallery&g2_itemId=4705)

(http://puppetsandstuff.com/2008gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=4699&g2_serialNumber=2) (http://puppetsandstuff.com/community/index.php?action=gallery&g2_itemId=4698)

Daryl H


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Na on April 02, 2010, 08:12:09 pm
Hey Daryl, would you mind me using some of your pics in an article I'm writing? (Mentioned above)


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: StiqPuppet Productions on April 02, 2010, 10:37:19 pm
I would be honoured Na no problem...thanks for asking.

Daryl H


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Na on April 03, 2010, 02:14:55 am
Thanks Daryl! It may be a while til it's online, I'm very backlogged in writing stuff at the moment. But I'll post a link when it's up.


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Abdolos on April 10, 2010, 11:53:56 pm
Every little thing counts, right?
I started sewing and discovered another tool that I "built" for myself.  It's this huge block of foam!:
(http://puppetsandstuff.com/2008gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=12435&g2_serialNumber=2) (http://puppetsandstuff.com/community/index.php?action=gallery&g2_itemId=12433)
I pin my patterns to the block to hold them still while I transfer them to the fabric.  I drew on the edge of the foam so that I wouldn't carve it into puppet heads in a moment of desperation/inattention. 
That's it!


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: miguel on April 13, 2010, 06:52:05 am
Thanks guys for sharing those great ideas!  :hug:


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Abdolos on May 31, 2011, 09:50:45 pm
I solved another technical problem by building something to help, so I thought that I would resurrect this thread.  The problem was that I wanted a shoulder joint made out of a wooden ball and a dowel.  But how to drill the hole into the dowel without endangering my hands?  Here's my solution, a vice designed to hold the little wooden ball for my drill press:
 P5300014 (http://puppetsandstuff.com/community/index.php?action=gallery&g2_itemId=17550)
And somewhere in the middle of this mess is the vice at work:
 P5300005 (http://puppetsandstuff.com/community/index.php?action=gallery&g2_itemId=17553)
And finally, here is the very snug fit I get when I use the vice:
 P5300010 (http://puppetsandstuff.com/community/index.php?action=gallery&g2_itemId=17556)
Maybe I should start making drum sticks...


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Abdolos on October 08, 2011, 07:10:20 pm
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Unless you're sure you want to reply, please consider starting a new topic.

I'm sure.

It seems I never get tired of my own innovation.  Here are two more tools that I've built to help me make my marionettes:

The first is a refinement on an earlier posted item, the small vice for stringing arms and legs.  I decided that having only a single clamping surface made the vice awkward to work with, so I added a right angle and another screw to the whole thing.  It makes it much easier to use, with a lot of space around the section being strung:
 P9010003 (http://puppetsandstuff.com/community/index.php?action=gallery&g2_itemId=19484) P9010004 (http://puppetsandstuff.com/community/index.php?action=gallery&g2_itemId=19487)
Actually, I've arranged the pieces in these photos in a less-than-optimum way, but I soon learned that it was better to have the joint bend away from the right angle of the vice.  Once I get the music worked out, I should be able to post a video of the vice in use.  But that's that for now.

My second invention is a simple sculpting tool I call a Wrist Spoon.  Here it is:
 PA050005 (http://puppetsandstuff.com/community/index.php?action=gallery&g2_itemId=19478)
And here it is fitted onto the end of the dowel that projects from the wrist of my marionettes:
 PA070003 (http://puppetsandstuff.com/community/index.php?action=gallery&g2_itemId=19481)
It helps make sure that the place where the wrist meets the hand is flattened out so there is no irregular bump to get in the way of hand rotation.  Of course, it needs to be used while the sculpting medium is still wet, unlike in this picture.  Heh, that's two misleading pictures in one post.  Well, if you can't work it out you probably didn't want to know in the first place.

We'll see what further things I invent to help me perform with these puppets.  I'm pretty sure that's the last device I'll be inventing for their construction, but one never knows...


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Shawn Sorrell on October 08, 2011, 08:18:44 pm
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Unless you're sure you want to reply, please consider starting a new topic.

Humm... I didn't even realize the program did that!


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Abdolos on February 03, 2012, 09:30:08 pm
I will not let this thread die!

Recently I had a problem with the stringing vice in my last post; I needed to hold two different sized pieces in the two parts of the vice, but because they were attached together, I couldn't do that.  So here's a big improvement:  The two parts of my new vice clamp separately, and there's a mechanism that allows one half to angle and shift side to side.  The same mechanism allows the whole thing to fold down for transport.

 P2030019 (http://puppetsandstuff.com/community/index.php?action=gallery&g2_itemId=21143) P2030018 (http://puppetsandstuff.com/community/index.php?action=gallery&g2_itemId=21131) P2030016 (http://puppetsandstuff.com/community/index.php?action=gallery&g2_itemId=21134) P2030017 (http://puppetsandstuff.com/community/index.php?action=gallery&g2_itemId=21137) P2030012 (http://puppetsandstuff.com/community/index.php?action=gallery&g2_itemId=21140) P2030008 (http://puppetsandstuff.com/community/index.php?action=gallery&g2_itemId=21146)

I am clever.


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Shawn Sorrell on February 04, 2012, 08:33:14 am
I think it is great that you are not letting this thread die!  Keep it up!

You know I bet you could sell your specialized tools to other puppeteers.  Not sure that you want to go that way but I bet if you took some to a puppetry convention they would be a hit!

P.S.  Yes you are clever!  ;)


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Snail on February 04, 2012, 11:46:36 am
Inspiringly clever!


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Abdolos on February 04, 2012, 03:45:48 pm
My problem with selling the tools I build is that they're specially designed for the method of puppet construction that I invented, so I'm not sure how useful they'd be to other people.


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Snail on February 07, 2012, 06:12:15 pm
Sometimes your idea is a stepping stone to another idea. Maybe your tools will encourage someone on the fence to try your techniques because you made it easier.


Title: Re: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: DrMegan on March 18, 2012, 10:23:19 pm
I disliked the wired hands in the Project Puppet patterns, so on the advice of a friend, we started using a wire "E" shape instead.

(http://img.tapatalk.com/4c71c035-b346-188a.jpg)

Dr Jeff and I built a jig to bend the wire into shape.

(http://img.tapatalk.com/4c71c035-b3b7-947d.jpg)

(http://img.tapatalk.com/4c71c035-b433-0764.jpg)

The hands always turn out perfect, making it easy to churn out a bunch of hands quickly and easily!


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Rikka on March 18, 2012, 11:25:37 pm
Cool idea!


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Shawn Sorrell on March 19, 2012, 07:54:26 am
Nice jig!  I love your approach to things. Even your tools have humor in them. :)


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Na on March 19, 2012, 09:27:26 am
Hand jive ;)


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: DrMegan on March 19, 2012, 09:28:27 am
Thanks! The thought has always been that if we can at least amuse ourselves, we'll hopefully amuse others as well.


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Rikka on March 19, 2012, 11:27:17 pm
Probably the best approach...


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Buppetpusker on March 20, 2012, 06:34:40 am
That hand jig is an excellent idea, I ought to make one myself!


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Puppetainer on March 20, 2012, 10:30:47 am
Brilliant! I may have to give that a try. In the very short time you've been here Dr. Megan the Institute has already helped. I think you could be in line for a No Bell Peas Prize!


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Rikka on March 20, 2012, 10:37:35 am
I'd really like to see bell peas...


Title: Re: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: DrMegan on March 20, 2012, 10:57:25 am
(http://img.tapatalk.com/a6fa626f-b3d4-6ded.jpg)

Bell Beans. Close enough? ;D

If you think you might want to build your own, here's some stuff I'd change for the next one:

Trim down the tops of the nails. We used 1 1/2" finish nails, so while the tops are small, sometimes I still have issues pulling the finished hand off the jig.

Keep in mind the width of the wire you're using. We had to move some nails to get the shape right.

This is a modification of the standard Project Puppet patterns, so i still use a cardboard palm support in the hand. The wire E shape is designed to go lower than the fingers to reinforce the palm and give more support to the hand. The rest of the hand construction is the same as the pattern directions.

I'd probably use a smaller piece of wood for the base, but it's what I had on hand. We put a hook on the back so when not in use, the whole thing hands on the wall to keep it out of the way.

The whole project took maybe 20 minutes, and has already saved me a bunch of time in The Lab. If you build your own, please let me know! I'd love to see pictures!


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Rikka on March 20, 2012, 12:44:58 pm
Thanks, Dr. Megan, you made my day. I really feel cured now. But tell you what- you really spilled the beans now... ;)


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Angel in Tx on April 10, 2012, 06:30:34 pm
After I saw your post I remembered that I made something similar, although I haven't used it in a while. Let me go see if I can find it and add a picture...


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Angel in Tx on April 10, 2012, 06:39:16 pm
Well, I ran out to the shop, and found it, but embarrassingly, it looks nothing like yours!  It made more of a chicken foot shape.  It's been a while since I've used it and I used small brad nails and now that you mention it, it was hard getting the wire off.  So thanks for your ideas!  I'm going to modify mine now!
 Photo04101931 (http://puppetsandstuff.com/community/index.php?action=gallery&g2_itemId=22414)


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Abdolos on April 14, 2012, 04:49:27 pm
Here's one more thing I made with bolts and wing nuts.  It's used to hold the controller for the final stringing of my marionettes:
 P4120017 (http://puppetsandstuff.com/community/index.php?action=gallery&g2_itemId=22509)
And here it is at work:
 P4060004 (http://puppetsandstuff.com/community/index.php?action=gallery&g2_itemId=22512)
As you can see, the benefit of this over just a string or a hook is that it suspends the controller at an angle, giving the marionette a more comfortable grip.  The diamond pieces of wood prevent the free side of the grip from rotating.  This may be the last tool that I build, seeing as my 8 marionettes are almost complete.  Hurray!


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Shawn Sorrell on April 14, 2012, 05:25:31 pm
Your tools are so nice and Finnish. Mine are always thrown together. :)

You mean no more marionettes after this 8!  :o  Seems a shame.


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Abdolos on April 15, 2012, 12:10:59 pm
Puppetry just doesn't pay the bills.  At all.  Maybe I'll reconsider my position once I'm reliably paying my rent, but until then puppetry is nothing but a big expense that I can't handle.  And I'm bored of working in isolation.  I wanna get out and see the world, you know?


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Rikka on April 15, 2012, 10:27:26 pm
Wishing you the best!


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Na on April 15, 2012, 10:49:31 pm
Puppetry just doesn't pay the bills.  At all.  Maybe I'll reconsider my position once I'm reliably paying my rent, but until then puppetry is nothing but a big expense that I can't handle.  And I'm bored of working in isolation.  I wanna get out and see the world, you know?

I know just how you feel!


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Shawn Sorrell on April 16, 2012, 06:15:12 am
Abdolos I can relate completely!  It is actually why I don't do as much puppetry as I used to. Hopefully you can find a job in a similar field. I work in wardrobe now and I am able to use my skills I learned from puppet building in it.  Actually they come in handy more often then not. Do a lot of work on shows that have body characters. Actually at the moment I am helping out on the build of the Audry puppets for the Kansas City Reps production of 'Little Shop of Horrors'.

Which ever direction you go I hope you'll drop in from time to time and keep in touch with us. 


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Shawn Sorrell on April 18, 2012, 08:27:47 am
This is not one of my tools but I just had to post this video by Philip Stevens over at YouTube. He also has a cool puppet building video.

http://youtu.be/4jZ3NMEo3bs (http://youtu.be/4jZ3NMEo3bs)

I love the fact that he uses for the most part hand tools and the wood is nothing fancy. I really wish I knew more about this Philip Stevens. I could not find anything on his YT profile. Anyone know who he is?  He has some really great tutorials.

Here is another jig he rigged up to drill holes. Kind of a sideways drill press. :)

http://youtu.be/IuYaC43ElNE (http://youtu.be/IuYaC43ElNE)

And one more that shows a few of his jigs in use.


http://youtu.be/Wi-XdpYJ8QM (http://youtu.be/Wi-XdpYJ8QM)


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Angel in Tx on April 18, 2012, 09:27:26 am
I don't know who he is either but I've watched some of his videos. He's very good. He's a definite re-purposer. Love it!


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Gary Sorrell on April 18, 2012, 06:28:26 pm
The one where he builds a puppet from start to finish was one of the first videos I watched when I started. He's a talented guy.


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Billy D. Fuller on April 18, 2012, 06:36:09 pm
The one where he builds a puppet from start to finish was one of the first videos I watched when I started. He's a talented guy.

He mentioned in the video that the puppet pattern he uses is from a missionary pattern and he revised it. That is true.......... It was owned by a lady in Florida and was used in the mission field,the pattern was later purchased by Jo Ann West of Roanoke, Texas and was called " Puppets with personality" I have all three versions of this pattern(Sm,Med,and large). He did revise the pattern by adding the inside liner and attaching it to the mouth plate. I even have her original video demonstrating how to sew it up however his video explains in more detail. I have since lost touch with Jo Ann West and do not know what she did with the copyrights to the pattern. This is a bit off topic but thought it was worth mentioning.
If anyone knows how to get in touch with her I would appreciate it!


Title: The Ultimate Woodshop Jig Book
Post by: Shawn Sorrell on April 22, 2012, 02:37:38 pm
Now granted this book is not geared toward puppetry but it has some great jigs in it that could be very useful to puppeteers. For example projects 6,7,8 and 9 are jigs for the drill press which could be very handy.  They also have some jigs for hand tools like project 27 which uses a portable drill as a sanding station.  Actually that jig is similar to Philip's hole drilling jig.


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: pagestep007 on April 27, 2012, 10:40:24 am
Hello to everyone. I just followed a cyber trail to here and found myself being talked about. I am honored... thank you. Thank you Billy D Fuller for the information about where the generic puppet pattern I did a tutorial with came from. When I first came across it, it had been copied hundreds of times and was badly out of shape, so I reworked it. I was a little nervous doing the tutorial, since I did not know who origonally owned the pattern, but I reasoned that if it was a 'missionary' thing, and we are doing missionary stuff, then I hopefully would not be taken to court, and I had reworked it, so I was not sure how close to the origional it was. Also, since it was a pattern kicking around the South American continent I thought that it was open for all. Seems I was not quite correct there. If you do find out how to get in touch with the woman you mention I would like  to make sure that it is OK to leave the tutorial up on youtube, as it  has  already  been a blessing to a great number of people.


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Billy D. Fuller on April 27, 2012, 12:45:16 pm
Hello to everyone. I just followed a cyber trail to here and found myself being talked about. I am honored... thank you. Thank you Billy D Fuller for the information about where the generic puppet pattern I did a tutorial with came from. When I first came across it, it had been copied hundreds of times and was badly out of shape, so I reworked it. I was a little nervous doing the tutorial, since I did not know who origonally owned the pattern, but I reasoned that if it was a 'missionary' thing, and we are doing missionary stuff, then I hopefully would not be taken to court, and I had reworked it, so I was not sure how close to the origional it was. Also, since it was a pattern kicking around the South American continent I thought that it was open for all. Seems I was not quite correct there. If you do find out how to get in touch with the woman you mention I would like  to make sure that it is OK to leave the tutorial up on youtube, as it  has  already  been a blessing to a great number of people.

Welcome to Puppets and Stuff........... and Thank you for stopping by. I have not heard from Jo Ann West in years. In talking with her in past years she explained that she obtained the pattern from Joyce Brockway copyrighted 1981 and later obtained her copyrights in 1987 calling the pattern "Puppets with Personality". It came in three sizes small 12",medium 18",and large 28" full body pattern. She was pleased that its primary use was in churches and in the missionary field. While she spent quite a bit on money on marketing the pattern she never got around to finishing the video tutorial. I'm sure she would not care that you made the tutorial since you are primarily helping others and are not using it for financial gain. If I hear from her in the future I will update her on things. I would like to commend you on your tutorial it was very easy to follow and understand. I would leave the tutorial online and let it continue to inspire others in the world of puppetry.


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Angel in Tx on April 27, 2012, 01:32:28 pm
Which video is this?


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Gary Sorrell on April 27, 2012, 01:39:46 pm
Awesome, philip is here!


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: pagestep007 on April 27, 2012, 01:40:38 pm
Hello Shawn, To introduce myself... (I should do that over in the introduce yourself section, but you asked the question here in this thread.) I was born in  Invercargill, New zealand, southern most city in NZ but grew up in Nelson, at the north end of the South Island of NZ. I now live in Colombia, South America, am Married, have 5 children, and work under the wide job description of Christian  missionary, but in particular am doing TV and stuff with puppets. My story is  classic...while  'Lord of The Rings' was in full production, with 1 in 7 NZers working on the films in NZ , social services told me there was no future in TV and film for me, and sent me building houses. I quit with them and continued persuing puppetry and TV anyhow, and although we have transmitted hundreds of hours of TV over the last 20 years, we have never ever been paid for  anything transmitted. That background has produced the  handtools and recycled materials philosophy I live by. I don't maintain a website, but for the last three years or so have started using youtube. The Puppet tutorial I did was done so I would not have to do so many seminars (the last one of which I did in Cuba by invitation from the Cuban Govt, and the church there). You are welcome to contact me and ask anything you like. Blessings to you all.


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Shawn Sorrell on April 27, 2012, 02:05:46 pm
Which video is this?

That would be the ones I listed on page 3 of this thread. :)  You can check out all of Philip's video's at http://www.youtube.com/user/PhilipStephens007/videos (http://www.youtube.com/user/PhilipStephens007/videos)  He has quite a collection.


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Shawn Sorrell on April 27, 2012, 02:08:27 pm
Welcome to Puppets and Stuff Philip!  Really pleased you followed the trail of bread crumbs here. :)  I am always impressed by an individual who can make do with the materials at hand.  I think often we get too caught up on having the right "stuff" and thus never get anything accomplished.


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Angel in Tx on April 27, 2012, 03:43:06 pm
Quote
That would be the ones I listed on page 3 of this thread.   You can check out all of Philip's video's at [url]http://www.youtube.com/user/PhilipStephens007/videos[/url] ([url]http://www.youtube.com/user/PhilipStephens007/videos[/url])  He has quite a collection.


Ooooh, THOSE videos. :-[  I should have just scrolled back a bit.  I got a little impatient I guess.


Philip glad you stopped by!!! :wave


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: pagestep007 on April 27, 2012, 09:36:59 pm
Thanks for the welcomes. :)


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Rikka on April 28, 2012, 01:55:10 am
Welcome from me, too!


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Snail on April 28, 2012, 03:33:23 pm
Phillip I think you are a prime example of the creative ingenuity that it takes to make puppets and the jigs that help make them better and faster, you inspire me, thanks for sharing. I spent summer of '72 in Medellin Colombia giving vaccines beautiful place. I was wondering why your puppets spoke spanish but you sounded like an Auzie.



Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Puppetainer on April 30, 2012, 06:46:14 am
Welcome Philip! I too am so glad you've followed the cyber trail here to P&S! Our community is so much the richer for having you in it. You're a fine craftsman and a pretty darn good teacher as well! I'm so very pleased to make your acquaintance through the power of the interweb.


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: pagestep007 on May 01, 2012, 09:03:28 pm
Thank you Puppetainer for your welcome. Nice compliments. I have been looking around the site and am awestruck by the amazing talent that many of you guys have. What I do does not seem that flash in comparison. My puppets are developing in style, but I still lack much of the design finess that some of you have lots of. It is nice to be in contact with serious puppeters. I am subscribed to muppet central, but they are generally not builders and performers, so puppetsandstuff seems to me to be way more useful. It is really hard to find  serious puppeteers down here, so it is good to meet you all, and I hope we can get more aquainted as time goes on.


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Puppetainer on May 02, 2012, 09:59:09 am
You're very welcome Philip! I too am a long time member of Muppet Central Forum, but what I was looking for there I found here instead. I still check in there and post very occasionally but this is where I spend most of my internet puppet time. You've found a great community of like-minded creative folks here!


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: pagestep007 on May 04, 2012, 10:42:49 pm
I made another tool... for making wooden balls, for  eyeballs or  whatever. http://youtu.be/G5x9EYvndsw (http://youtu.be/G5x9EYvndsw)


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: pagestep007 on May 21, 2012, 11:16:42 am
Hi Guys , I have done a vid on a slightly mechanised method of making wooden balls for eyeballs, etc, which  cuts the time of  making in about half. http://youtu.be/jM2JqJw_9TI (http://youtu.be/jM2JqJw_9TI)


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Shawn Sorrell on May 21, 2012, 02:59:52 pm
Another great tool! Thank you so much for sharing these with us!


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: zooooom on June 02, 2012, 11:07:13 am
I also make my own tools :wave they mostly are for small scale sculpting . I have more than 20 different tools,after some time I've started to sell them so anyone can do the same ( I mean - to earn money from good idea  :shhh ) anyway, please take a look  http://www.etsy.com/shop/AMCreatures?section_id=6428706 (http://www.etsy.com/shop/AMCreatures?section_id=6428706)


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: pagestep007 on June 02, 2012, 11:16:01 am
Wow Zooooom. VERY impressive  sculpting! I am very impressed. LOVE the figures you have on your site. What is the material you use to sculpt with?


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: zooooom on June 02, 2012, 11:24:47 am
Thank you! I work with different materials,mostly polymer clays but also - epoxy putties and resins  :wave


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Shawn Sorrell on June 02, 2012, 02:48:00 pm
Those are some impressive tool sets and I am really surprised that your prices are so good for a handmade product!


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: zooooom on June 02, 2012, 03:19:00 pm
Thanks!!!I make them fast so I`m OK with the prices. I even have two distributors  :lol sell them wholesale price and still feel good  :spin


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: melaine9 on June 14, 2012, 10:34:45 pm
I find that freezer paper works wonders for making templates of patterns. You can trace your pattern on to freezer paper. Once cut out you can place the freezer paper pattern wax side down, iron it lightly and it will stick to your fabric. Making it easier to trace and cut out, it peels right off without any mess on your fabric. Saved me alot of patterns this way.


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: pagestep007 on August 14, 2012, 10:05:57 pm
HI guys. This one is for Shawn  :wave

http://youtu.be/gH94jOCOvcA (http://youtu.be/gH94jOCOvcA)


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Shawn Sorrell on August 15, 2012, 04:28:06 am
Phillip you make me smile! :) Love this.... had a feeling this is what you where up to.


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: pagestep007 on August 15, 2012, 06:51:47 am
Its good to smile! Nice I could help you to do it on this occation.


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: pagestep007 on January 21, 2013, 09:13:33 pm
Hi Guys, I thought I would do a quick look at the board on wheels, which can help mobilize your puppets/puppeteers, on location. The last shot in the  video we managed to work five puppets with two puppeteers on one board...
http://youtu.be/QGl91FF5N9I (http://youtu.be/QGl91FF5N9I)


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: BoozeBandPuppets on January 22, 2013, 03:47:56 am
Ah, that's a great idea! Although seeing as my garage is flooded with snow at the moment, a sledge or a rubber dingy maybe better!! :/


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Billy D. Fuller on January 22, 2013, 04:50:46 am
love your ideas.............so practical. You don't waste anything.


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Shawn Sorrell on January 22, 2013, 06:35:32 am
Even in all the packing up and prep to leave you are still making videos for us. :)  Thanks!


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: pagestep007 on January 22, 2013, 09:07:51 am
yep.. just canĀ“t help myself. There is sooo much I'd love to share before heading away.. but it aint goin to be  possible. I do not know what resources or connection, if any, I will have over the next few months you see. You may notice what I am doing now is not very elaborate...and short. But... it helps me keep sane in the middle of everything. (stress levels got to the point of wife in the clinic yesterday... she'll be ok though)


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Billy D. Fuller on January 22, 2013, 09:58:33 am

I missed something............. Where will you be going?


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Shawn Sorrell on January 23, 2013, 10:19:22 am
Billy,
They are traveling back to NZ for a wedding and a short stay.  Can't remember for sure where Philip announced this... Maybe in the Lord of the Donuts thread.


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: pagestep007 on January 23, 2013, 01:07:36 pm
Yes Billy, we finished all my parts as wizard, grey and white, in 'Lord of the Donuts', and then we are packing to head back to NZ til October, and hope to continue with all puppets when we get back, to finish the movie. Going next week. So we have been busy ...but I started a thread 'In Search of the Donut', in  'chit chat', where I hope to keep you updated with Frogo the Lizard, who is coming with us.


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: pagestep007 on April 13, 2013, 09:04:05 pm
Hi Guys, Considering how little space the airlines give you for luggage these days, I did not have space for a normal tripod in my suitcase, so I built this one and have had time to trial it. The first shot in the video is not indicative of its effectiveness. I have used it in airports, beaches, rivers, taken it up a mountain and trekking around a lake, all to good avail. It is light, and you hardly notice it is in your backpack. It is quickly assembled and disassembled, and has done the trick quite nicely.
http://youtu.be/atgUHxjW80c (http://youtu.be/atgUHxjW80c)


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Shawn Sorrell on April 14, 2013, 06:38:19 am
Very clever!


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Billy D. Fuller on April 14, 2013, 06:43:50 am
Love your ideas and inventions!


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: pagestep007 on April 14, 2013, 01:08:58 pm
Thanks guys. Keeps me going.


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: pagestep007 on February 10, 2014, 07:07:57 pm
Hi Guys, another  possible helpful technique  for all you  who need rocks in your scenery  on or off camera...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fjktMXpcjM&feature=sharecontrol&list=UUQzDIre5scz8M_IxNaCYQIA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fjktMXpcjM&feature=sharecontrol&list=UUQzDIre5scz8M_IxNaCYQIA)


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Snail on February 12, 2014, 07:30:33 pm

You Rock! Most real looking rocks yet. Really easy too.  Thanks for sharing your expertise.


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: pagestep007 on February 13, 2014, 07:09:19 am
Thanks Snail. I did not mention anywhere, that this mache stuff makes things more rigid, so you don't have to do so many layers of paper base, like 3 in stead of 5, or, if you do 5 then it is even more solid and cool.


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Shawn Sorrell on February 13, 2014, 07:43:00 am
Great set of tips.  Love the new technique. I notice that your "glue" has color.  Do you add a bit of acrylic paint to the water glue combination or is it simply that you are using the brush that had some paint in it?  The reason I mention this is that I've added color/paint to my glue combinations before just to give me that base color/shadow in things before I paint.


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: pagestep007 on February 13, 2014, 08:58:03 pm
no Shawn, just me being too lazy to wash my brush out... and it doesn't hurt the process as it will be painted anyway.


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Shawn Sorrell on February 14, 2014, 01:48:32 pm
I would say that in this case it is an advantage. That way if you get a small nick or scratch in the "rock" it won't show up as much if at all.


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: pagestep007 on September 02, 2014, 09:46:17 am
Hi Guys, I thought this might be useful for someone...Using Bullion fringe for wigs, and if you can't get hold of any fringing, you can make this loom to make your own.
http://youtu.be/8VGCJHssfBI (http://youtu.be/8VGCJHssfBI)

and  how to put a  wig togther...
http://youtu.be/5Qm1fWmulHU?list=UUQzDIre5scz8M_IxNaCYQIA (http://youtu.be/5Qm1fWmulHU?list=UUQzDIre5scz8M_IxNaCYQIA)


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Shawn Sorrell on September 02, 2014, 10:36:23 am
I love the loom! Really like your method for making a wig out of fringe also.  I like that you showed how to make the fringe on the sewing machine also, in the second video.


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Chris Arveson on September 02, 2014, 11:36:17 am
You are a most inventive man. I really enjoy your how-to videos.


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: pagestep007 on September 06, 2014, 11:38:46 am
...you are welcome.:)  Next thing to try, is a wider loom to try weaving a reaaally long haired rug situation, and weave the rug shapes in the shape of the wig patterns so there would be little waste of material or time. I have done a trial which proved concept, however, further development will go on the 'sometime' list.


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Snail on September 06, 2014, 02:39:12 pm
(http://puppetsandstuff.com/2008gallery/?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=32995) (http://puppetsandstuff.com/community/index.php?action=gallery&g2_itemId=32995)Love the loom, got to make one. Always looking for better hair. I have a tool (did not make it but you probably could) that came with my sewing machine for sewing carpet loops I used the looped strips to make curly puppet hair wig.  You wrap the yarn around the tool and sew down the middle on sewing machine, it helps to hold them for you.  Then  you slip it backwards while still in the machine and loop more yarn around it, sew that length then pull back again to make continuous string of loops.  


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Shawn Sorrell on September 07, 2014, 02:43:18 pm
Cool little gadget for sewing loops on a machine!


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: pagestep007 on October 07, 2016, 05:56:15 pm
Hi Guys, someone on youtube asked recently for another look at using silicon as a skinning material on foam puppets. I just happened to have a puppet a friend made which needed a few improvements, so I did the following video. You may be able to glean something from it.
http://youtu.be/hrSJ_K2kpUQ (http://youtu.be/hrSJ_K2kpUQ)


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: Puppet_Dude on October 07, 2016, 08:38:07 pm
(http://puppetsandstuff.com/2008gallery/?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=9742) (http://puppetsandstuff.com/community/index.php?action=gallery&g2_itemId=9742)

I use a CO2 laser engraver and corel to cut out my patterns, not sure if that is what you were looking for.


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: pagestep007 on October 04, 2017, 07:40:39 pm
Hi,  making Bullion fringe... if  your threads break:
http://youtu.be/P5cUqW6BDWQ (http://youtu.be/P5cUqW6BDWQ)


Title: Re: What tools have you made for yourself?
Post by: pagestep007 on October 04, 2017, 07:59:14 pm
...and some improvements on technique in making the weft or  bullion fringe for wigs.

http://youtu.be/Q32a5qqz814 (http://youtu.be/Q32a5qqz814)