Thursday, April 27, 2006

Chee-Chee Doo where are you...

Sewing the arms onto Chee-Chee Doo was harder than making them. I am very happy with the final result though.

A drum roll please...

Chee-Chee Doo!

Ah... Give me a hug!

Chee-Chee Doo loves playing in the trees!

Two arms! Two arms...

I was very apprehensive about making the arms and hands. I wanted the fingers to be posable.

I started by cutting 4 foam hands and hot glued a wire armature between 2 of the foam hands. I then trimmed the foam hands, rounding the fingers and edges. At the wrist of each hand I hot glued a metal tube for the rod arms. I sewed the hand and arm pattern as the instructions stated. I turned the sewn hand and arm right side out over the foam hand. I thought this was going to be a lot hard than it was.

All in all I am very happy with how the hands and arms turned out.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Introducing Kinka Doo and Chee-chee Doo...

My 4 year old son put on his puppet and announced that it's name was Chee-chee Doo. The name works. My wife named the normal size puppet Kinka Doo.

Now it's onto the arms...

Tuesday, April 25, 2006


The mouths.

Doing some body work...

I've started the bodies. Here is the small one sewn and the front and back of the normal sized one.

And here is the test fit of the small one.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Let the puppet building begin...

For my first attempt at building a sock puppet I am going to work on my own version of Boober.

I am making two at once. One at normal size, for myself and one at 75% for my 4 year old. Here are the head and mouth pieces cut out.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

My Blog was found by Andrew

Wow I was very suprised to find my blog listed on Puppet Vision Blog this morning!

Thanks for listing me Andrew!

Going on Vacation!

I've been getting ready for a family vacation so I have not had the time to work on any puppets. I will be working on a few sock puppets while on vacation, in Florida. I will be using the with The Glorified Sock Puppet Pattern. I wonder how seashells would work for eyes.

I hope to enter the upcoming Glorified Sock Puppet Contest that Project Puppet is going to have.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Midlife crisis, hobby or career opportunity?

As a kid growing up I was fascinated with magic and marionettes. I pursued magic but never made any marionettes or puppets as a kid. Since I've turned 40 my passion for puppetry is growing. I can't get enough books on marionettes or puppetry in general.

My interest in puppets appeared again, I believe in part because of my in-laws. They have a puppet theater and a number of shows they used to perform. They are both in their 70s now and no long perform. They have a very nice traveling theater. I'll have to see if I can get photos.

I have recently purchased the Rotondo Puppet Pattern from Project Puppet. I have started my first rod puppet and find it a blast to build. Photos of my progress to come.

So I am asking myself: Midlife crisis, hobby or career opportunity?

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Blog goes online...

Well, I am starting my puppet building blog today. am going to be working on the look of this site for a while