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.
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.
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?