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Neck armature/skeleton for big puppet  (Read 594 times)
« Reply #15 on: February 12, 2018, 10:17:32 am »

The current plan is to have the springs rest against the edges of the mouth, so I can access them through a flap of fabric if need be.  Probably smear some hot glue on the foam so the screws aren't constantly pushing against it directly.  

As for the lever, had it in my mind that I could use a bike brake lever.  But it doesn't seem to provide enough tension, and failed miserably on my first attempt of a handmade lever.  Since the trigger will be in a sleeved left arm, currently thinking of using a wheel for a pulley and just do a handled draw string.  Not sure how to explain it, but have it in my head.  Ideally, I want the mouth trigger and a claw trigger on a board that I am holding in that sleeve.  Allows me to move the left arm.  
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« Reply #16 on: February 13, 2018, 02:57:14 pm »

Whoa! I had no idea if that would work! Looks Great!
« Reply #17 on: February 15, 2018, 10:13:24 pm »

Worked on the head a bit:

Shawn Sorrell
« Reply #18 on: February 16, 2018, 05:54:07 am »

Looks like you got the mech to work! Looking good!
« Reply #19 on: February 19, 2018, 10:53:27 am »

Well, to be fair, that is me directly pulling on the cable.  Still working on the mech, though I have changed the idea up some.  Playing around with the pulley lever idea, though the claw will be more manually controlled, like a puppet.  Thumb will open and close the bottom claw, while the cable is pulled by pointer and index fingers in the stationary top claw.  Hope to test that part soon.  Currently covering the neck with foam. 
« Reply #20 on: February 19, 2018, 06:23:04 pm »

And that's not gonna work.  Guessing due to distance and materials, I need a good pull to open the mouth.  Was trying to not have a false arm, but looks like I will still need to do that.  I suppose an arm at my chest is better than above my head?  /sigh
« Reply #21 on: Yesterday at 10:28:49 am »

The current plan on visibility is through an amulet that will be tinted plastic.  Going to decorate it up, and add a chain around the neck.  Currently debating on whether to look for a diamond or circle, either way it is going to be a bit bigger than I had anticipated.  I have done several costumes, and always looking at finding better visibility options!

Shawn Sorrell
« Reply #22 on: Yesterday at 01:54:35 pm »

Well I think the diamond may look less like a view port once completed. I recently worked a show http://danieltigerlive.com/ where most the characters had strips or a pattern in their "skin".  On the heads those where view ports which allowed for seeing even out the sides of heads.
« Reply #23 on: Today at 09:15:29 am »

First, that is awesome!  Must be interesting to work on shows like that.  Anyway, Googled the characters, that is an interesting idea.  In the past, I have utilized vents due to the angle of the metal, I could see out and you could only see me at certain angles.  I have wondered if that was doable with foam, would make some good gills on this character. 
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