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If you’re getting started or want more skills try BJ Guyer’s Puppet making tutorials at Stan Winston.

I missed this class when it was live, but signed up as so as it was on-demand. The class is great. He has a pattern, and walks through foam, gluing, draping, stitching, and decorating.

I needed a puppet for a TV workshop and quickly finished with Wormwood.




Wormwood has removable arm rods using a technique BJ shows using a pocket. I love the mouth plate, with straps, and three pieces to give the mouth extra movement.

While I now have a vacuum foaming machine, I haven’t worked out a good mold, so Wormwood is borrowing some Whatnot parts the sweatshirt and eyes. I had glasses from a Peabody and Sherman DVD that worked perfectly. Also using BJ foam carving class I carved a tongue dyed with rit.

What does Ms Fox say?

Considering I started this one over a year ago, its been far too long for me to post. For the most part she was done last year and has just been sitting waiting for the right activity.

Without further ado, I present Ms Fox.

Ms Fox

Ms Fox was built for my daughter’s talent show, the intent was for her to sing “What does the fox say” as a teacher lecturing to her students.

Here is a shot last year of her in progress. A few things changed from design to finished product. She lost the lips and lots a hair bun.


She is my first attempt using James Kemp’s human head pattern. The pattern is better than what I did with it. I didn’t build a great mouth plate, and so I stuffed the head with a poorly shaped foam skull.  In addition she has Project Puppet style arms, poseable hands, and removable arm rods.  Using a Dr Puppet inspired body she also has breasts I patterned out of foam.

The glasses were plastic and a sheet of foamie. In addition, she has a carved foam tongue dyed dark pink with rit dye with just a touch of red sharpie. Just yarn hair pulled back into a ponytail.

Mandy the Pink Monster

Out of my mass of Puppet making, I purchased some pink fur on the remnants pile, when out with my son, and knew he’d love it.

Using technics I’ve recently learned, and armed with the Melon head pattern, I went to work.

Mandy the pink fuzzy monster. Based on Project Puppet Mellon Head, made by John Arnold Holosite Puppets.


Loved making wire hand inserts with my new hand form, and using 1/8″ Steel welding rods, covered in heat shrink, and dipped in PastiDip, I have nice arm rods.

Its been a while but…

It has been a while since I really built anything. I’ve played with a number of things, but haven’t finished anything. I recently joined both PuppetSmith and the San Francisco Bay Area Puppet Guild, and finally feel motivated to finish.

In May, I joined a workshop lead by Mary Nagler through SFBAPG, we were provided basic materials and we assembled arm rods, glued a gasket mouth plate, and formed wire hands. We also had another workshop with hands on practice in front of a monitor really puppeteering. While I couldn’t make it to beyond the sock. This was really fun and a great learning experience. I really got to see and experience the value of Arm rods, and really did what I’ve seen on Youtube. In addition I’d never worked with Gasket rubber and see what you can do with a puppet’s expressions.

Inspired by the workshop I was going to make some more puppets. I built a wood form similar to what I used in the workshop, and made some hands.


This form is great and makes shaping the wire for Project puppet hand patterns easy.

I got out my patterns the Project Puppet mellon head, the Puppetsmith little guy, and James Kemp’s human head patterns.


After the first day, I had all the pieces of foam, fleece, and fur cut.


After a few more nights, I had the foam glued, most of the sewing complete, arm rods, and more done. While in progress I agreed to do an Evil frog for my son. Below you can see the progress on the little guy in the green/frosted fur, Mss Fox using James’s human head pattern, the evil frog using the glorified sock puppet and alternate body pattern, the pink furry monster, and my puppet still missing details from Mary’s workshop.



Well, making progress more to come.

Ok old puppet but new post . . . Stealth Puppet.


This was a puppet done for a Christmas present.

I was playing with attaching the hair to the head. For Boy puppets I found making two wedges and sewing them together, cutting the wedge larger in the head pattern found in Project Puppet and other similar head patterns then sewing it together worked well.

This was fun and made easier because the arms and body were in black with a green head. Then a removable mask was added to give a ninja like appearance. I liked saving time and effort in creating clothes by just making the arms and body in the clothes for the final puppet. Any superheroes I do will be the same.

Puppet Mark Slomski has arrived.

Well, I’ve been busy at work, and in addtion to helping with costumes for halloweeen I completed my first commission, for the Slomski Brothers! Now used in their fundraising campaign. The Slomskis can live on in puppet form. Check out their Indiegogo campaign (http://www.indiegogo.com/slomskiway).

The Slomski Brothers formed in the fall of 2009, and since that time, they traveled the US, produced two vaudeville comedy albums, and delighted audiences young and old alike.

Now, we’re proud to announce the 3rd and final album from the Slomski Brothers, The Slomski Way. Mark Slomski has mastered unreleased comedy routines and recorded new songs that are sure to tickle any Slomski fan. The album is nearing completion, but we need your help. The Slomski Brothers are old school classy fellas who to want give you something you can hold in your hand.

We need to raise the necessary funding for the physical production and distirbution fees for the album. This is your chance to make a difference and reward yourself with more of your favorite vaudeville act.

The puppet is based on the Project Puppet (http://projectpuppet.com) pinhead pattern with the alternate body pattern, both at 120%, and I used eyes from (http://suncatchereyes.net). This also included posable hands with detachable arm rods.

Fun techniques for hands, rods, spoon eyes. I need to learn/play with better techniques for attaching fur for hair, and securing the hand to the mouth plate.

My first cuddle monster.

To date all my puppet building had been done on a sabbatical from work. Before returning to work, I dug up some fur I had and made my first monster. I really only had the body done, and I was left wondering how to accessorize him. On a trip to Mendels to look for other fur, I picked up the boa and I had my idea, the eyebrows for the monster would be fuzzy orange. To add an addition touch, I made horns.

Finished I have My first cuddle monster:

Lil Cuddle Monster

Most of my future updates will have to wait until my first commissioned project can be completed and shown.

Sugar Plum the Birthday Fairy

Its time for another birthday, and so another puppet.

I love the multicolor yarn. Again used the Roly pattern, but changed how I attached the mouth plate to the foam head to lengthen the head.

Still working on hair. This one has a pony tail, and so I assembled the body, and cut out the patch in the head for the hair. I made a circle sewed on the yarn and hand stitched the hair plate on. Then I was able to pull the hair back for a pony tail.

Also love halloween, I was able to get $1 wings from the dollar store.

A finished Dino•Doar

After fixing the arms for a third time, and changing the iris design a couple times, here is my son’s Dino•Doar.

I have some in progress images showing the parts unassembled. The fun thing about this one is I really started to modify and add my own pieces for the pattern.

For this puppet I used the Project Puppet Glorified Sock Pattern, but I never knew how people got their versions of this to look so padded. So I used the Roly foam head design elongated to match the long pointy mouth.  I also made my own pattern pieces for the tail and spine. To get the spine down the back and cut down on seams, I took the body pattern parts and reassembled them to cut on the fold and leave a seam down the back. I could then pin the spikes to the head and back seam to sew them in with the tail.

The other difference and inspiration besides my son’s love of dinosaurs was to cut the pieces from the bubble fleece. Special Note bubble fleece isn’t as stretchy as normal fleece, and it was a lot tougher to sew through at times.

I also tried sewing felt mouth into the puppet body  prior to placing the head and mouth in the body, and the gluing stuck to other places in the head. The mouth has a retile wrinkle which works here, but I think I like the technique from Tom Stewart’s video on puppet building. He recommends glueing the mouth felt in last. Other items to note, I shortened the arms to look more like that of a dinosaur.

My B.P.F. (Birthday Puppet Friend)

I’ve had a great time making puppets recently. With another birthday party, it was time to make another puppet. Again based on the Project Puppet Roly Puppet Pattern I’ve designed a puppet that looks like the birthday girl.

  • Pink fleece to match skin tone and is one of the birthday girl’s favorite colors
  • Natural looking yarn with a curl/kink to it.
  • Practice balls painted for eyes.
  • Felt in colors to match the birthday girl’s eyes.
  • Purple crushed velvet shirt/dress to include the birthday girl’s other favorite color.
  • With help from the whole family we have my B.P.F.