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Re: 1st puppet, (complex blinking/moving eye, Bill Cipher) feedback/help wanted! Posted in 1st puppet, (complex blinking/moving eye, Bill Cipher) feedback/help wanted! on Oct 18, 2016
I would personally spring for (pardon the pun) springs instead of elastic cord. all of my experiences with elastic is negative. It's elasticity is compromised by temperature, use, age, etc. Your metal springs are definitely more durable.
If the half sphere concept doesn't work with getting enough weight off, you might try to find some of those large Christmas balls to play around with. They weigh next to nothing, just fill it with expanding foam to help make it a little more durable.
And welcome to the group by the way.
Digital Puppets Posted in Digital Puppets on Oct 11, 2016
So the church I am currently the puppet director for recently purchased a digital puppet. Being the builder at heart, I wasn't content with just using one, so I researched the program that they used, now have it. Modeling is no problem, I took 3D animation in college, but I am having issues figuring out how to make it do live action with a controller. Has anyone had experience creating digital puppets? \
Re: help to sell collection Posted in help to sell collection on Oct 11, 2016
Etsy would be another good place. Slap $8 to $10 per with $2 shipping and a discount if they buy bulk. As for donating them, if you have a valuation on them, you can donate them to a church, a school, a library or even a puppet museum and get a donation slip that can be taken off of her taxes at the end of the year.
Re: There you are! Posted in There you are! on Oct 11, 2016
You are in the right place. Any questions you have will get answered. Welcome aboard.
Re: Help with odor and cleaning, please Posted in Help with odor and cleaning, please on Oct 11, 2016
Not sure how bad it is, but if it is just musty and not stinky, you might try red cedar. I went to Lowes and they have these small cedar slices on a hanger. When not using the puppet, store it with  the cedar plank in it. Also, if you have mildew spores inside, every time you use it, the heat and moisture from your hand will reactivate those spores, increasing the smell. There is a product called Shield moisture and allergen barrier fabric. It is a hypoallergenic fabric used to draw out moisture. I created a sleeve/glove that I wear. By having a sleeve, it makes a barrier that helps kill out the bacteria and mildew, when not in use it can be washed. Also, combine this with placing dryer sheets in the head when using it and the heat that was before causing the mildew to grow will now be releasing the smells from the dryer sheets.
The shield fabric that I mentioned, I have actually started sewing into my puppets from the start, seems to work pretty good. I picked mine up from Hancock Fabric that recently shut down, but you can go online to (not a paid endorsement  )
Re: What tools have you made for yourself? Posted in What tools have you made for yourself? on Oct 07, 2016
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I use a CO2 laser engraver and corel to cut out my patterns, not sure if that is what you were looking for.
Re: Do you have a puppetry-related blog or web site? Posted in Do you have a puppetry-related blog or web site? on Sep 27, 2016
Quid pro quo; have an "everything Puppets" resource page and put up links for other puppeteers to get there stuff out there and, in return, they will back link to you. Also, make sure to have a facebook fan page and pinterest page.
Amazon Stop Posted in Amazon Stop on Aug 12, 2016
I am mostly setting this up for the puppeteers/performers I am training, but thought I would share it here as well. Trying to create a page that is centrally geared toward puppet builders and performers. Once I get it organized the way I want it, I want to recreate a similar page for etsy, so that people don't have to wade through the minutia that can sometimes occur when searching. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
will it sell? Posted in will it sell? on Jun 27, 2016
Came up with a design for an individual puppet stand with a built in fan mechanism to help dry out the interior of a puppet after use in order to help cut down on mildew, etc. Thought I would pose this idea to all of you experts out there and see if I am onto something that might have profit potential or if it is something I need to just keep around for personal use. Thanks in advance for the feedback.
Robot puppet Posted in Robot puppet on Aug 11, 2015
Been working on robot (junk bot) puppets for our space themed production, got me to wondering how many of our wonderful builders on Puppets and Stuff have ever done a robot. Would love to see some samples of what others have done.