Monday, February 06, 2006

B.A.R.K. Production Journal: Puppet Arms, Step 1

Now it's time to make the puppet's arms. I am a fan of skinny arms, they give your puppet a great range of motion and lots of movement possibilities (read more about spindly arms in Puppet Design). I also think it's very important for puppet arms to have elbows and not bend like rubber hoses (unless that is an effect you are trying to achieve). The technique I'm going to show you will teach you how to make skinny arms with an invisible elbow.

1) Draw your puppet arm pattern out on a sheet butcher paper, and cut out.

2) Trace your pattern onto a piece of thin cotton material. This will be a liner and not visible so any material will do.

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3) pin the material so it can be machine sewn.

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