Saturday, 30 January 2010

Mr Punch gets new clothes

My, doesn't he look dashing. I liked the last costume, but this one is more theatrical. The shadows work rather tastily here!

I can't decide if he should have a hat. Does anyone out there reading this have any opinion on if it would improve the look?

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Another puppet body pattern


This design is a 2-finger control, with the head on a stick in the remaining curled three fingers. This is better than the fixed head version. It can shake its head in despair etc.!

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Hands getting attached

Here is Judy's right hand being glued into place into her arm sleeve.

The hand is modelled and baked Fimo, painted and varnished, with a thin bamboo rod inserted as a mount to keep the arm rigid. This is hot-glued into the fabric arm. The fabric of the arm is reinforced by surrounding with thin plastic from a soft drink bottle to form a rigid, hollow tapering tube which will allow thumb operation.

Saturday, 16 January 2010

First body made from latest pattern...

This will most likely be Judy. The body is full of flocked (i.e. quite fluffy) cotton cloth, cut up and stuffed inside. There are a few coins in each foot to give them some swing. Four pence in each to be exact!

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Body parts

Two-part body made from templates. Part one is the white body with no arms. Part two is the puppeteer sleeve in black with arms in white attached as sleeves to allow thumb and forefinger through. These are combined to create a puppet operated from behind.

Saturday, 9 January 2010

New pattern

A new version of the cutting pattern for the puppet body for 2-fingered operation...

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Costume blanks

Costume blanks, and what they look like without heads...

Tuesday, 5 January 2010 last can get back to making

New year, and finally I have finished installing kitchen, despite many set backs, including non-delivery of the units, and two severe weather episodes closing down most things.
Feels like I can get back onto making the little people fresh in the new year/decade. They are all cold and half-made in the shed, poor lambs.

Next task is to start mass producing bodies. Have template, can sew...