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Creating a Puppet – Part 2

31 May

To make the hands, I first took 24 gauge steel wire and twisted up 8 strands individually. Then I took those strands to twist them into hand-shapes.

I then took epoxy putty to create a palm, and the spots between the joints. I then took liquid latex to create the skin.

I then attached the hands to the armature with an aluminum tube that will become the forearm and glued with 5-minute epoxy. Unfortunately the tube I had on hand is one size too big, but it’ll have to do.

The ‘dipping’ method is quite haphazard and does not allow for much in the way of sculpting a nice looking hand. The next time I create hands I am going to attempt to make a two-part mold from a hand sculpted with modeling clay over the same type of armature. I will then try to use liquid latex to fill that mold. I am not entirely positive that will work, but it is worth a try. There is a wonderful 3-part video tutorial on mold making I will use as a guide.

I am still working on the ‘muscle.’