Sunday, December 31, 2006
From all of us at Swazzle, Happy New Year! I hope 2007 is fun, productive, and prosperous for all of you.
As a special New Years treat, please enjoy this bonus episode of Frosty's 12 Days of Christmas Podcast.
Monday, December 25, 2006
On behalf of Frosty, Steve, and all of us at Swazzle, Merry Christmas. I hope you all have enjoyed my Frosty the Snowman puppet building tutorial. I also hope you have enjoyed Frosty's 12 Days of Christmas Podcast.
It's not too late to send a last minute Christmas e-card to friends and family with Puppet Greetings. They have a selection of Frosty and Steve holiday e-cards to choose from.
Sunday, December 24, 2006
The snowman's hands, arms, and fingers are made from bamboo. Bamboo is perfect for a snowman puppet because it's strong, hollow, and has a natural stick look.
Cut the arms to the appropriate length. Thread string through each end so that a couple of inches hang out of either end. Use hot glue to glue the string in place.
Cut the fingers and glue strings inside, make sure a couple inches of string hang out so you can attach the fingers to the arm.
Glue foam and felt around the palm and elbow. Use scissors to poke a hole in the puppet's shoulders. Thread the excess string through the hole and use hot glue to attach the arms inside the body.
Check out Episode 11 of The 12 Days of Christmas Podcast.
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Machine sew a tube from heavy cotton material for the neck sleeve. Make sure the sleeve is wide enough to accommodate the widest part of your arm. Using Barge Cement glue the neck sleeve to the inside of the puppet's head hole.
Check out Episode 10 of The 12 Days of Christmas Podcast.
Friday, December 22, 2006
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Using detail scissors snip a shallow hole in the fake snow, just deep enough to expose the foam. Make sure the hole is large enough to fit the coal eyes, and not any larger.
Check out Episode 8 of The 12 Days of Christmas Podcast.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
The snowman's nose was very simple. I used a fake carrot that I got at the craft store. To attach it, cut a slit in the face with a razor blade. Apply a generous amount of contact cement to the carrot and insert into the hole, then glue fake snow around the base of the carrot.
Check out Episode 7 of The 12 Days of Christmas Podcast.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
The snowman's coal eyes are snipped from foam. Use scissors and snip down until you get the right shape.
Paint the foam with a mixture of liquid latex rubber and latex paint. The latex rubber keeps the paint flexible, and prevents it from cracking.
Check out Episode 6 of The 12 Days of Christmas Podcast.
Monday, December 18, 2006
Now it's time to fabricate the puppet. I'll be covering the snowman with layers of fake snow. Luckily I was building this puppet during December so fake snow was easy to come by. To adhere the snow, I'm using two spray adhesives, Super 90 and Super 77.
Begin by spraying a liberal about of Super 90 over a small section of the body. Once the glue starts to set up, press the fake snow onto the body. It is best to wear rubber gloves so the glue and snow doesn't stick to your hands.
Once the whole body is covered with a layer of snow, spay a small section with Super 77 and sprinkle on glitter, or shinny snow flakes. Continue until the whole body is covered. Once the body is finished, do the same with the head.
Check out Episode 5 of The 12 Days of Christmas Podcast.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Mark the puppets mouth with a pen, and cut it carefully with an electric knife.
Use detail scissors to refine the puppet's mouth shape.
Insert the mouth pallet and glue it in place. Check out this tutorial for more about hand grips and mouth pallets. Usually I like to make the mouth pallet red and the tongue pink, but since this is a snowman I thought it would be fun to use purple and blue.
Check out Episode 4 of The 12 Days of Christmas Podcast
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Using the electric knife cut a hand hole in the puppet's head. Be sure to leave some foam in the top of head to support your hand.
Check out Episode 3 of Frosty's 12 Days of Christmas Podcast.
Check out the snowman's homepage.
Friday, December 15, 2006
Using the electric knife carve a hole in the top and bottom of the puppets body.
It's important that your puppet be as light as possible. Use the electric knife to carve out the excess foam inside the puppet's body.
Check out Episode 2 of The 12 Days of Christmas Podcast.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Once the puppet's head shape is roughed out with the electric knife it's time to refine it with scissors. If I wanted the head to be super smooth, I could sand it down with a belt sander. I'm using scissors because I want the final puppet to have a hand made look.
Check out Episode 1 of The 12 Days of Christmas Podcast.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Just as I did with the body, I'm using an electric knife carve the head. To begin, cut off the corners, then I cut around the top and bottom. Continue to work your way around shaving off the edges until the puppet's head is the desired shape.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Different puppets call for different building techniques. If I were making a fur and fleece puppet, I would most likely use sheet foam, and the darting method. If I wanted a puppet to be super smooth, I would use prefabricated shapes like I did for the peas, or I would use a ban saw and belt sander like Patrick did for Al the Alien. Because I want this puppet to have a natural and hand made look, I'll be carving him from a block of foam with an electric knife.
Electric knifes can be found at most kitchen or home stores like Bed Bath and Beyond. They usually cost about $25.00 or so.
Begin by cutting off the corners.
Continue to carve the foam down until you get the desired shape.
The body is taking shape.
Monday, December 11, 2006
From now until Christmas, I’ll be posting behind the scenes photos of Frosty the Snowman. For those of you following the Lady Fromage rod puppet tutorial, I will be picking that up again after Christmas.
Starting Thursday December 14, Frosty will be hosting his own podcast called Frosty’s 12 Days of Christmas. For more information check out his Flickr photo page, Myspace profile, and blog.
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Swazzle was mentioned on Yahoo's online show The 9 on Tuesday December 5. The Swazzle Workshop came in at number 5 in their countdown. Click here to watch, then select Puppet Masters, number 5. You can also vote for us as the favorite in The 9 poll at the bottom of the page.