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Useful Puppet Ttorial

Postby Chris » 26 Mar 2014, 00:20

This Youtube video will be of interest to the makers among us, quite a useful technique.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ee7reSBVtBI
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Re: Useful Puppet Ttorial

Postby Richard Coombs » 27 Mar 2014, 09:23

Thanks for sharing that Chris : the internet is a big old place , so finding good stuff can be hit and miss.

I did know this method ( or a version similar)
But great to share it around.

It might be worth putting the link on the Workshop side here too perhaps ?
In a few years time it will be easy for folk to find again.

But a great , easy to understand video.

Those kind of foam 'muppety' type puppets are like tailoring or clothes making generally : in that you can pattern cut meticulously , or once you have done years of it , or have the knack , you can freehand cut and pin to to a tailors dummy to achieve the effect.

- Or being less cryptic - the more you do of it the less you need rigid patterns and the easier it is create freehand and by eye.
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When I am 'making it up as I go along' I occasionally find I have made a body or head I particularly like the look of...at this stage I un-pin the foam shapes I have T-Pined together and lay them out on some thin card ( or thick "lining" wallpaper ) and trace round them

This 'reverse engineers' a pattern, so that shape can be made again another time.

But its all good .

And that youtube video was an excellent tutorial.

Thanks again.
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Re: Useful Puppet Ttorial

Postby Chris » 27 Mar 2014, 14:34

Yes Richard, I too have known the method of pinning shapes on a clay model to make patterns for many years. What was new to me, and so valuable I thought, was the idea of using a small model and then using those small patterns in conjunction with a computer and CAD program to accurately enlarge them. So obvious when you see it but.... well it's only a few months ago I needed to enlarge some fabric patterns from a magazine - and I laboriously squared them up!
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Re: Useful Puppet Ttorial

Postby Richard Coombs » 27 Mar 2014, 19:33

Im not awfully good with computer stuff and don't have CAD.

But I do have a photocopier that has Enlarge/ Reduce capabilities , and have scaled patterns using that before now.
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Andy Heath and Iestyn Evans who built the puppets for our BBC3 adult series "Mongrels" sometimes work this way too.
Like me ,they most often rough make in foam first , then retro make a pattern from that ( smoothing out and refining the shapes on the paper version to get a nicer and more even shapes )
Then sometimes they will make a clay sculpt of a head , cover it in cling film , then apply masking tape over that and work it out into sections in the same way as this video.

But as you say that is full size patterning - the clever thing shown in the video is the scaling up .

Patterns are brilliant for making lots of identical puppets as I had to last Summer:

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