Creating a Puppet – Part 1

30 May

The other day I decided to practice going through the stages of creating a puppet so that I may use him for practice animations.

I started out with a some 8 gauge annealed aluminum wire (about a foot in length) and made a hook.

I then took some aluminum foil and made a shape of a head out of it.

I then took some sculpey to sculpt out a head. I am not a good sculptor, so I used this video tutorial.

To make the feet, I took two other pieces of aluminum wire (a little less than 2 feet) and wrapped one end of each around a hex nut that was glued with epoxy.

I then took some epoxy putty to further secure the nut in place (screwing in the nut so that I don’t clog the whole). Afterward I used sculpey to create some shoes.

I then pieced the 3 strands together using epoxy putty.

This is the 4th puppet I have created in this manner, each with slight improvements. One area I need to work on for the next one is the ability to move the head side to side. I could possibly use aluminum tube to connect the neck. I should also put epoxy putty around the hook in the head.

I am still working on the hands and will post that as soon as I’m done. The next step after that is to create the ‘muscle,’ give him some color and clothes.


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