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Snow leopard hand puppet  (Read 4324 times)
« on: August 14, 2018, 01:01:16 pm »

Here's a new hand puppet build for the Eurofurence Pawpet-Show - an anthropomorphic snow leopardess.
One of my friends drew an initial sketch of her - I used it and several photos of real snow leopards as a reference to make a 3d-model of the head. The 3d-model was printed on my Anet A2 plus 3d-printer (Printed with PLA in 0.2mm layer height, 15% infill, no support material, with brim).

As usual, Plaast was used to glue the parts together, make the pins for the lower jaw and to sculpt the teeth and tongue (by hand).

I used painters tape to make a pattern for the fur on the head

The fur is from https://www.webpelzshop.de/
I cut the fur with a scapel on the backing of the fur

The body was build with foam using my standard pattern

I made a template for the fur on the body with packing paper

For attaching the hand rods to the hand I tried a new method which uses a 3d-printed connector (which can rotate the rod inside the hand)

The fur was cut and sewed together by hand

The eyes were painted by Pan Hesekiel Shiroi (http://pan-hesekiel-shiroi.de/). TaniDaReal (http://www.tanidareal.com/) airbrushed the body

I filmed the whole process - from design to the finished puppet. There are more videos to come.

How to build a foam body for a hand-puppet - part 1 (old video)


How to build a foam body for a hand-puppet - part 2


How to build arm-rods


How to make the teeth for a puppet with Plaast and a hot air gun


Puppet eye mechanic - bowden cable animatronic

Shawn Sorrell
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2018, 06:56:28 am »

Great resource!  Thanks for sharing this with us Tioh
« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2018, 12:28:49 pm »

I am going to have to check these out, they look amazing!  Beautiful result!
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2018, 02:26:52 pm »

I released the files for my 3d-printable snow leopard head base on Thingiverse - you can use it to make your own puppet (or costume head): https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3056091
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2018, 08:34:13 am »

3d-model for the hand-rod attachment and template for the hands (svg-vector file) https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2885073
« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2018, 03:41:21 pm »

Tioh, I have been following your work for a long time and I must say, you never disappoint. This is a beauty!
« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2019, 04:59:08 pm »

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-4bLBds-T4 (Embedding disabled, limit reached)
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