Saturday, January 27, 2007

Lady Fromage Rod Puppet, Part 29

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Measure about an inch or so from the bottom of the puppet's head rod, and make a mark. Using a clamp and pliers, make a ninety degree bend at the mark.

Friday, January 26, 2007

lady Fromage Rod Puppet, Part 28

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Measure between five to six inches from the bottom of the PVC pipe and make a mark.

Using a fine toothed saw make a cut about half way through the pipe. Don't make the cut too deep, or the control will loose strength and break.

Measure about a quarter of an inch from the first cut. Use the saw to make a second parallel cut the same depth.

Using a utility knife carefully cut between the two incisions, and remove the quarter inch piece of plastic.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Lady Fromage Rod Puppet, Part 27

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The main support for the puppet's rod control is made with a length of one inch pvc pipe. Cut it to a size that is right for you - I would suggest making it 12 to 15 inches long.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Lady Fromage Rod Puppet, Part 26

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Using Barge cement, glue the foam body leaves together. Once the bell shaped lower body and torso are constructed, glue them together. This will form the structure of the puppet's body.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Lady Fromage Rod Puppet, Part 25

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Lady Fromage will be wearing a formal gown that has a bell shape. I'm using five flattened triangles to achieve that shape.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Lady Fromage Rod Puppet, Part 24

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Using Barge contact cement, glue the foam pieces together. This shape will be the puppet's torso.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Lady Fromage Rod Puppet, Part 23

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Lady Fromage's body will also be made from foam. Because she is such a small puppet, I'm using quarter inch foam. Just like the head, begin by planning your shapes out on paper. Create patterns of the desired foam shapes, and cut them out using a sharp blade. I find it helpful to put a small dot at the top of each shape, to insure that they are glued together the right way.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Lady Fromage Rod Puppet, Part 22

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Lay the two materials side by side and stitch them together with a small whip stitch.

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Now the puppet's head is taking shape next I'll start construction on the body.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

The Swazzle Workshop Episode 5

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Episode 5 of The Swazzle Workshop is now online. In this episode Mama Dragon stops by the studio to show Tiger and Mousedeer how to make a dragon sock puppet. Watch now.

Lady Fromage Rod Puppet, Part 21

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Cut the white fleece for the puppet's bottom jaw and muzzle. It should be just large enough to cover the desired area, and lay flat next to the gray fleece.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Funny Puppet Video

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Check out this short puppet video. Tiger and Mousedeer will be showing how to make the dragon puppet in the next episode of The Swazzle Workshop coming very soon.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Lady Fromage Rod Puppet, Part 20

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Now that the gray fleece is sewn in place. It's time to add the white on the puppet's bottom jaw and muzzle.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Nice Note from Germany

Occasionally, I get e-mails from people that find my blog helpful. Here is one I just received from Thomas, a new puppet builder in Germany:

"First I'd like to thank you so much for sharing your puppet building "magic". Over here in Germany puppets are still quite often concerned as solely children's entertainment (or very rude entertainment in the comedy business) so there's not so much a puppet-building-society where you could learn how to build puppets.

Thanx to your blog I started building my first puppet and now I'm addicted :-). Just a few days ago I also set up a blog where I'm going to try to share my experiences for german (but not only german) puppet builders."

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Puppet Wikia

For the past couple of weeks I have been contributing information and pictures to the new Puppet Wikia. It was created on December 24, 2006 and as of this posting it is 99 pages strong. Since this is a Wikia that anyone can edit, I'm calling on you to help grow the site. There is plenty to write about: puppetry guilds, puppet theaters, puppet companies, puppetry organizations, puppet shows, puppet websites, puppet characters and more. Given enough time and contributors, this could become a vital a recourse for puppeteers all over the world.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Lady Fromage Rod Puppet, Part 24

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Using a small whip stitch, sew the fleece together. Because the Antron (or Muppet) fleece hides seams so well, it isn't necessary to use a fancy stitch.

Puppet Building Tutorial: Snowman

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There are many steps to building a puppet. This tutorial will give you detailed instructions on how I built The Snowman for The 12 Days of Christmas Podcast. Click on the links below to read each step

Part 1: Design

Part 2: Carving the Foam
Step 1, The Body
Step 2, The Head
Step 3, Refining the Shapes
Step 4, Body Hand Hole
Step 5, Head Hand Hole

Part 3: The Mouth

Part 4: Fabrication

Part 5: The Face
Step 1,The Eyes
Step 2, The Nose
Step 3, The Eye Sockets
Step 4, The Face

Part 6: The Neck

Part 7: Arms and Hands

Meet The Snowman

Monday, January 01, 2007

Frosty's Podcast Episode 13 is Editors Pick!

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Good news everybody, today Episode 13 of Frosty's Podscast was one of the Editor's Picks on Revver. If you haven't seen it yet check it out here

I don't know how long it will be on the main page, so check it out right away!