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Puppet Build For Client and Pattern  (Read 27811 times)
Jon
« on: September 05, 2008, 04:34:42 pm »

A few weeks ago I was asked by a teacher friend of mine to build her a puppet that she could use in the classroom.  For several months I had the idea of developing a relatively simple puppet pattern that I could make available to beginning puppet builders.  Well I decided to combine projects and I've been building this puppet and making careful patterns of each and every part as I went along.

The pattern is not yet ready to share but I wanted to show you how the puppet looks so far. 



If you go to my  Bashful Puppet Blog you can read a full description of the build materials so far.

Let me know what you think

Jon
« Last Edit: September 05, 2008, 06:46:54 pm by Jon »
Na
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« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2008, 06:36:14 pm »

Looks very nice - I'm in the middle of doing the same thing (making a pattern for a muppet). Yours is so different from mine Smiley   It's nice to see that we can all get such varying results. How are the arms attached at the shoulders?
Jon
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2008, 06:46:17 pm »

Nothing complicated.  I just stitch the arm to the shoulder.  I read about other methods that promise more mobility but have yet to try them.  I figured that since I was going for a simple build I would keep it all simple.  If people want to they can improve on the plan.

Na, do you have any picture of what your puppet looks like.  Always like to see how other people get the job done.
Na
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« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2008, 07:10:23 am »

No pictures, yet - I've only finished doing the head. I hope to get the body started on Monday. I've only done three muppets, and in trying to simplify it for a pattern, I had the idea of doing the arms the same way as you. I think it will be easier than what I was doing before, which is discussed in The Foam Book (using doll joints and string to attach the arms to the body).
Jon
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2008, 12:24:34 pm »

I've never had any difficulty with the movement of my puppets arms and I've done all of them the same way.  I guess the only concern I might have is durability.  There is possibly a danger of the fabric on the shoulder and arm becomeing stretched out or worn.  Because I that I should probably consider another method.

Well keep us posted on your build.

Jon
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« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2008, 02:00:20 pm »

Jon
I really like the puppet!
Brenda
Billy D. Fuller
« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2008, 03:38:18 pm »

Jon I like the puppet to................... Wow we are all working on puppets with different patterns to make available , how exciting. I can always add a new pattern to already large collection. It is funny I usually use something I liked from one pattern a bit from another one a little more from that one, and end up with pretty good looking puppet. Then throw a little bit of my own ideas and it is a new creation.

Billy D.

« Last Edit: September 07, 2008, 08:24:27 am by Billy D. Fuller »
Wisers Mom
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« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2008, 07:58:50 am »

I can hardly wait to see everyones designs.I am no where near the level of designing a puppet.But it's nice to see the talent here.
Brenda
Helen
« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2008, 09:20:34 am »

He looks great Jon, it's quite a task designing a pattern!  Like the colour of the fabric and the head shape looks good.

Helen spin
StiqPuppet Productions
« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2008, 09:54:30 am »

Good luck on your pattern making.....it sure looks like a fun character to bring to life. Smiley

Daryl H
Jon
« Reply #10 on: September 07, 2008, 10:27:50 am »

I finished the round headed puppet I was working on.



The puppet is supposed to be a Peruvian boy but realistically he could be any central or south American boy, depending on how you outfitted him.

This week, if all goes as planned, I'll introduce him to his new owner, a teacher that wants to use him to help teach her students. It will be the first time she has gotten to see him. I hope to surprise her with him at school and get to see the students as they meet him for the first time.

In case you're wondering about his clothes ... His school teacher, owner is very excited about getting to pick out those herself.  So I guess I have to wait to see how he gets outfitted.

Now I just have to get the paper patterns scanned and ready for distribution and this project is done.

Oh yeah, there is a nearly complete description of the build materials on the Bashful Puppet Blog

Jon
StiqPuppet Productions
« Reply #11 on: September 07, 2008, 11:30:00 am »

Very well done.....I hope you can get a few pictures of the teacher and her new student....the best one of course because she can control this one.  icon_lol

Maybe you could ask her to pick some clothing and give them to you and you can have the puppet dressed for his first showing.  I would just give her the size of the clothing that she needs and let her find something.  You could even find a plain shirt for the first showing and then she can remove it and dress him up as she wishes.  I would hate to have him exposed on his first showing in front of the class. Shocked  Just a suggestion of course....  Wink

It looks like a great pattern you have there.....I am sure people will grab it up.

Daryl H
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« Reply #12 on: September 07, 2008, 11:35:50 am »

A picture of the teacher with the puppet would be cool.  If you could capture her smile and delight on a photo, it would be a nice memory photo for you and perhaps a nice little marketing photo of your work in action!
Billy D. Fuller
« Reply #13 on: September 07, 2008, 11:40:24 am »

Thats a good idea Puppet lady Undecided..................... I have always wished many months later that would have taken pictures of my projects and started a photo book albulm to carry about with me to show potential customers of my work.
Jon I love the puppet.............. this will be a great teaching tool for this teacher.

Billy D.
Angel
« Reply #14 on: September 07, 2008, 03:23:52 pm »

Hi Jon,
Nice puppet.  I always take pictures of my puppets before they go to their new home and I try to get the new owner to send me a picture of them with the puppet.  This way potential customers can see the size in relationship to a real person. Sometimes it's hard to tell just how large a puppet is if it's in a picture by itself.  Another thing I do that my customers seems to really love is I give them a birth certificate and a care package (how to handle, store and clean their puppet) some manipulation instructions and a thank you letter. All in a colorful little folder.  I've been told by others that I should charge for this stuff, but it doesn't cost that much to print a few sheets of paper and the folders only cost me ten cent apiece (I purchased them when school was letting out for the summer and a lot of supplies were on clearance).  Besides, sometimes you have to do little things for your customers, they're likely to send someone your way. They really like this, since a lot of people have no idea on how to care for or use their puppet. 

Billy,
what ever you do, start a photo album of the puppets you make, not only for customers to see but also for you to see how you have progress with your building. 


Angel
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