Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Now fabrication of the puppet's head can begin. I will be using Antron Fleece (commonly known as “Muppet Fleece”), to cover the puppet's head.
Begin fabrication by draping your fabric over the puppet's head. Stretch it around to get as much coverage as possible, and pin it in place. Because the head is round, darts will need to be cut to achieve the proper shape. Gather the excess fabric evenly on both sides of the puppet's head.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Monday, November 27, 2006
Using batting, stuff the inside of the puppet’s head. This will help keep the gasket rubber and music wire in place. It will also help the puppet’s head keep its shape. Be careful not to over stuff the head, or stuff it unevenly.
Using batting, stuff the inside of the puppet's head. This will help keep the gasket rubber and music wire in place. It will also help the puppet's head keep its shape. Be careful not to over stuff the head, or stuff it unevenly.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Cut a piece of wood dowel that is about half an inch in length. Drill a hole through the center of the dowel that is just wide enough to accommodate the piano wire. Insert the piano wire into the hole. Slide the dowel down until it is flush with the gasket rubber. Glue the dowel in place with hot Glue. The dowel will help keep the piano wire in the puppet's head stable and centered.
Monday, November 20, 2006
Be sure to catch The Jim Henson Company's improv show Puppet Up, Uncensored tonight on TBS at 11:00 pm.
This one hour special was taped during two live performances at the Comedy Festival in Vegas just a week ago. Under the direction of Groundlings alum Patrick Bristow, the puppeteers of the Jim Henson Company perform improv sketches based on audience suggestions. Unlike previous Henson productions, the puppeteers are visible to a live audience, and the television cameras.
Patrick and I have been fortunate enough to participate in this exciting project as it has evolved over the past year and a half. Although we will not be in tonight's show, some puppets we built for the production might - because it's improv there are no guarantees. Keep an eye out for a little gray monster, a red crab, and a shinny turquoise alien.
By the way, this show is not appropriate for children.
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Thursday, November 16, 2006
We have just launched The Swazzle Podcast. We will be posting puppet making videos, episodes of The Swazzle Workshop, behind the scenes videos, and more. If you like what you see, please help support it by clicking on the add at the end of each video. Enjoy!
Friday, November 10, 2006
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Monday, November 06, 2006
The rod used to turn the puppet's head will be made from piano wire. Piano wire is a great replacement for coat hanger wire (a common puppet building material with beginning puppeteers), because it is hardened steal and extremely strong. This is the same wire that I use for puppet arm rods, although for the rod puppet, I’m using a ticker gauge.
Measure a couple of inches down from one end of the wire, and make a mark. Using a c-clamp and pliers carefully make a 90 degree bend at the mark.