Blog Update - 02 Aug 2018

And so it begins...


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I’m not sure what came over me, but I started working on my finger puppets pretty feverishly this week. I hear Mercury is in retrograde, which, apparently, can encourage a return to old ideas… IF you believe in that sort of thing. Anyway, after watching a bunch of videos on how to add hair to dolls and make wig caps (check out the video from AkameruKawaii's channel below), I got an overwhelming urge to start making my little puppets again. I mean, I’ve wanted to work on them for some time, but this new information from my research renewed my interest AGAIN and really motivated me to return to this project.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7h37sGmGrxo

I’m fairly certain I’ve used this quote here before, but as an artist (and creator in general), I have always followed the sage wisdom of good ol’ Honest Abe. He said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” So, as with any project, I have been working on some testing for my new creation techniques before starting on my next character. While the costume and sewing is still set to follow the same steps, I have been trying to find a better way to make the puppet heads.

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A while back, I passed through the wood section at Hobby Lobby. There was a packet of dowel caps that caught my attention. They were almost exactly the size and shape of the Model Magic heads I had been creating, and they had large, drilled openings in the bottom that looked big enough for even my spouse’s Kielbasa fingers. I bought them on a whim and am only now starting to practice with them. A couple nights ago, I made some wefts (like demonstrated in the video above) and gave a blank hair. Last night, I managed to get to the hardware store to buy wood stain in varying skin tones to practice changing the color of the wood.

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I still need to work on finding a middle ground between the 2 darker colors, and I also plan to buy a lighter stain for pale characters as well. Regardless, I’m really happy with how this first batch turned out. Once I have a really good handle on the process of making these new character heads, I will be releasing a more indepth, step by step post. Until then, I apologize for the lack of pictures and thank you for checking out my post anyway!

Until next time!


I love feedback, so if you have any questions, ideas, or requests, make sure to leave a comment below. And, if you need more fun stuff to shove into your eyeballs, hop over and check out my YouTube channel, Chimp Skipper, or my online portfolio.

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  • @choogirl

    That's pretty cool. I did not think regular yarn would turn out all silky smooth like that.

  • @veryspider

    Wow, this is very interesting ! I will definitely be following this series off your blog, @hglucky13 <3 Good luck !

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  • @aidarojaswriter

    Oh, i like it! i could never do this, im really bad at those things, but i'll love you if you made a afro-caribean doll! good luck <3

  • @hetty-rowan

    I've never made puppets from wood, but we do have a little lathe bought recently ... so I guess that makes it suddenly become possible to make a puppet myself. So happy I stumbled upon your blog as this is a great inspiration for me ... Thank you and I'm going to follow your progress!

  • @ecoinstant

    Hey there lucky! This looks awesome! I found you on the @c-squared blog, and was intrigued by your skin toned dowel covers! It can be so hard to get skin tones right, but it looks like you have a great place to start : )

    I think physical crafts and sculptures are my favorite forms of art, they are so creative and almost come alive! Thank you for sharing with us here on the steem blockchain :)