How to Design Hand Puppets

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How you can make professional looking puppets for your next performance! Find out how to make a child-safe sewing needle for sock PUPPETS HERE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7PSw4XExbI. If you want to make your own wigs for mini puppets check out HOW TO DYE COTTON to create realistic human-like faux hair video here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNOLSwlcjVc

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<p>How to Design Hand Puppetsby Scriptone aka CardboardFurniture</p> <p>1 | P age</p> <p>Intro: How to Design Hand PuppetsMake do with household items, to design a unique puppet!</p> <p>If you enjoy construction, gluing and sewing and take time and care with details, you can finish several puppets over a 2 weeks. Renowned puppeteer Barbara Dewey has easy to follow instructional video on youtube if you need a INSTANT PUPPET. Look for How to make a puppet from A stuffed animal / toy</p> <p>Check out ways you can use puppetry for educational purposes: http://www.nostrings.org.uk/ http://www.youtube.com/user/n ostringspuppets</p> <p>Step 1 : Choose head shapeI cut out small paper circles "thumbnail sculptures" then experimented with designing head shapes. The fabric I used for the puppets here is EVA. Its a strong, soft, lightweight foam, similar to foam used in camping mats. (I got a 4 metre piece for $6.) The more v-shaped slits you cut, you will come up with an egg head shape.</p> <p>2 | P age</p> <p>Sew all the cuts with polyester thread. You could use cement glue, but I think I dont like the smell of the cement.</p> <p>Step 2: Lining the Head &amp; ChinCover the top half of head with fleece. Line inside with lightweight fabric and outside with fleece, or terry toweling, or even an old quilt. Fleece is great because it doesn't fray. I used invisible thread to sew the fleece to the EVA foam. The chin shape will be half the size of the top half of the head. Make the chin in the same way as head top.</p> <p>Image Notes 1 . V cut to fit hand more comfortably</p> <p>3 | P age</p> <p>You can see the steps here clearly to make the chine and head shape. Each triangle cut was sewn together with polyester thread. Then covered with soft fabric and sewn to the EVA foam with invisible nylon thread on the outside and soft lining inside.</p> <p>4 | P age</p> <p>All done covering the head and jaw!</p> <p>O</p> <p>r</p> <p>Here are the pieces to line the mouth piece. I used striped fabric and orange fabric.</p> <p>5 | P age</p> <p>Image Notes 1. Trace EVA smaller to insert between orange fabric and striped lining</p> <p>Step 4: Insert thumb pocketThe red felt is to fit your thumb in for moving the chin.</p> <p>Invisible thread is your best friend here.</p> <p>6 | P age</p> <p>Image Notes 1. Thumb space - Sewn with invisible thread to chin area.</p> <p>Step 5: Decide on your mouth hingeDo you want a tight mouth hinge or a loose one? The loose one is less tiring to control. Leave 2cm between top of head and chin for a loose hinge. A tight hinge is sewn at the corner of head and chin corners.</p> <p>Image Notes 1 . Loose hinge</p> <p>7 | P age</p> <p>Image Notes 1. Tight hinge</p> <p>8 | P age</p> <p>Step 6: Add neckFold over a piece of fleece that roughly fits larger than neck space.</p> <p>Fold in half. Begin sewing with invisible thread from the back. Sew to head top and chin until you have a "sleeve" for your hand to fit through. Use a shorter section of fleece then join a longer sleeve with another fabric to save fleece.</p> <p>9 | P age</p> <p>Step 7: Add accessoriesFor the eyes I used cut spoons and to add a bit of shine to the pupils, cut black plastic bags. On other puppets I used ping pong balls sliced in half. I then spilled a little foam / pva glue inside and left to dry overnight. The nose is a bit of felt sewn over sponge ball. The hair is a short bit of knitted wool. You can improvise with anything at hand. Eyelashes are black frilly wool. Eyelids for the magenta quilt puppet head are made of orange felt cut in a crescent then glued to the back of ping pong ball. You create different characters by rearranging the angle and placement and size of the accessories. The pupils are usually placed a bit cross-eyed (near the nose), to give an appearance of looking directly at the audience at every angle.</p> <p>1.This fabric is a quilt cover 2.Orange eyelashes made from frilly multicolored wool</p> <p>1 . Sponge sewn nose with blue felt 2.Hair cut off old doll 3.White wool knitted in triangular and rectangular pieces</p> <p>Image Notes 1 . This puppet appears slightly cranky because the brows are quite closely knitted</p> <p>10 | P a g e</p> <p>Image Notes 1. Glue purple / black felt first for throat shape. The glue on pink heart for tongue shape</p> <p>11 | P a g e</p> <p>12 | P a g e</p>