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My first real Puppet build "Brewster"  (Read 10572 times)
« on: June 16, 2016, 07:33:40 pm »

I'm going to apologize up front and warn you that this build will probably take me a very long time.
I work on a chef's schedule so I have very little free time.

That said, what free time I have I am planning to dedicate to this project.


He's gonna be a biggun, but I never do things by halves (10ths, quarters, kicking and screaming hundredths, but not halves).

His idea started out as just a random sketch I did on my lunch break he just kinda grew on me. so here are his current full size plans. If I get acess to a scanner any time soon I'll post the concept sketches.
Shawn Sorrell
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2016, 06:04:50 am »

Looks like it is going to be a fun project.  Have you ever built puppets before or is this your first time? Let us know if you have any questions.
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2016, 08:39:52 am »

I made a few sock puppets when I was much younger, and my mother bought me a few hand puppets (my most fondly remembered was a small green dragon we used to make reading videos for her students), but this will be my first "from the foam up" build.
I've done some costume work and prop making as a hobby so I have something of a grasp of the basics.
Thanks a lot. The community around here seems pretty friendly and knowledgeable.
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2016, 11:36:53 am »

When you say big, are you talking full body mascot size?  That guy would look awesome walking around events Smiley
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2016, 02:55:02 pm »

He will be right around 2' 6" tall. Not sure I'm ready to tackle a Sweetums build just yet.
« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2016, 03:15:57 pm »

That isn't a bad size.  If you incorporate a vent hole (back of neck) he still would look great being carried around and interacting with people.  Sweetums style is difficult, I think I have the costume aspect down.  Just haven't learned how to incorporate the puppetry side of things to them yet. 
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2016, 07:21:37 am »

Hey there Guys! My last day off I got around to patterning the head.
I had some difficulty finding any kind of tutorial for specifically this task so I borrowed  some technique from a video I found on Patterning foam armor, and smashed it together with some skills I already had.
Dead link due to idiocy. Will re host when off work.
« Last Edit: June 21, 2016, 08:27:35 am by SandPunk »
« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2016, 07:59:05 am »

Looks to be a dead link.
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2016, 08:26:51 am »

Dang. Forgot that my facebook settings were "friends only" I'll re host when I get off work. Sorry.
Shawn Sorrell
« Reply #10 on: June 22, 2016, 06:43:22 am »

Looks like you are well on your way.
« Reply #11 on: June 28, 2016, 12:24:27 pm »

HEY! Just figured out the Gallery feature.
And I learned a fairly important lesson. My foam is too thick.
Working on the head. I'm pretty sure attaching the mouth plate will pull those lips into place.
« Last Edit: June 28, 2016, 01:31:27 pm by SandPunk, Reason: adding detail. »
« Reply #12 on: June 28, 2016, 03:06:24 pm »

Looking good, and you are tackling techniques that I am still scared to try! 

What thickness of foam are you using?  Making an assumption here, but since puppets are primarily supported by our hands, I imagine 1/2" would be best even at that size. 
« Reply #13 on: June 28, 2016, 03:30:41 pm »

I got 1". It was all that was available at the time, but it has since been restocked. That's how I realized  I had grabbed the bigger stuff.

Future endeavors will be done using 1/2" and I'll have a ton of thicker stuff for features.
Shawn Sorrell
« Reply #14 on: June 29, 2016, 07:41:30 am »

You are correct that the mouth plat is going to draw you lips in to the correct place.  Looking good!  1/2" is going to work much better for you.
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