Since the last update, the puppets have their hair glued on and styled, more or less (superglue was the best method of attachment, hair gel and securing the hair while drying to the neck with an elastic helped it follow the curve of the neck better).....and the dresses completed. After experiments with oxford cloth, we found that repurposed silky polyester from a thrift store nightgown had the better drape and cling....then I just did a basic bodice attached to a gathered skirt, attached at the back with a hook/eye closure and added straps to get the right height on the bosom.
Monday, May 30, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Having posted mostly just the occasional video of the puppets, I thought I'd throw in a few stills I've taken over the last couple of months. Currently still working on finding the right material for the dresses, and figuring out how to get the hair to lie against the neck properly. My hair has never behaved properly while it's still on my head, so I shouldn't be surprised it's giving me trouble in the transplants on C&E. Sigh. Hair. In the good old days, I would've just.....
But lately, the follicles seem a bit more precious. Anyway.....stills of puppets as promised:
Monday, May 16, 2011
In any event...short of getting the dresses right.....the next step will be stringing them and determining the controls.....along with creating their cohorts.....bear head guy will probably be next.....and then set painting and acquisition of curious props.
I'm planning on moving to Hawley as soon as I can find a suitable job in the area....not only will it give me great personal pleasure to be with Hans, but puppet production should be greatly simplified...no more carting tool boxes, sewing machines, etc. back and forth in my valiant Celica. Said vehicle had some hiccups today with her speed sensor, but thanks to the fine folks at Meineke, seems to be up for for continued beast of burden status.
Recently applied for a position at Simon's Stamps in Turner's Falls, right outside of Greenfield....they have a wide array of rubber stamp products, and a careful perusal of their site and blog imply they are a fine company to work for, with their values in all the right places. They're located right next to a disturbingly high river we noticed this weekend, as we drove by to check the distance.....I really hope they don't suffer any flood damage should it break it's banks! Fingers are firmly crossed that they'll consider taking me on, saving me from the back breaking and soul-crunching business of working in corporate autoparts, and providing me the financial means of making my other dreams come true, too.
I have also crossed the puppets' fingers, telling them it'll be good for them, too. Join us in all this finger-crossing business, won't you?
Oh, and I noticed that I astonishingly seem to have had visitors to the blog from places as diverse as Germany, the Ukraine, and India...considering that I have had perhaps 12 visitors altogether, I'm chuffed that at least three people from exotic locations have dropped by.....thank you!
Monday, May 2, 2011
Soon we will begin addressing how to string them, so they can achieve true puppet mobility....any suggestions (we hope to avoid unsightly tiny eyehooks) are welcome!
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
I really wish I could figure out how to shoot a video without glitches. Ah well. I'll post updates on the girls' progress as I get around to it.
These are eventually going to (with luck) be Cochlea and Eustachia marionettes. C&E are characters of the extraordinarily talented and all around marvelous in every possible way cartoonist Hans Rickheit, who is helping me create these 3-D versions to hopefully use in a future movie project.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
As I have woefully neglected this blog lo these many months, due to being busy with life, I am beset with guilt. I *have* actually done a couple of neat things. First, the most recent.....Mach 1 of Squirrel Hat. I will have to acquire more gray faux fur for Mach 2, though I do still have some furry type stuff that might pass, it's just the wrong color, I think.
This would be me beckoning to a facsimile of the squirrel I imagine luring back to my apartment for hot squirrel sex. Yeah, no. Honestly, I really just want to get one to eat a nut out of my hand, like they apparently do for all sorts of people who don't even particularly like squirrels. And while I am not so far gone as to think a squirrel would be stupid enough to mistake me for an extremely large, nut bearing member of his species; I do hold fondly to my superstitious belief that if I continue to nurture my squirrel obsession, that one day, my dream will become a reality.
Squirrels aside, my main artycrafty endeavor the past couple of months has been carving wooden puppet heads with the intent of bringing Hans Rickheit's Cochlea and Eustacia (from his Chrome Fetus strips) to life. I've never carved wood like this before, other than a bit of woodblock printing....mostly I've done more 'additive' sculpture techniques, which are much, much easier. Consequently, due both to my inexperience and my desire to create the perfect representation of the girls to Hans' exacting standards....the work is going slowly. Slowly, but delightfully (as I've gotten rather dependent on only working on the girls when Hans is there to suggest what should happen to them next). To be perfectly honest, they are entirely his creation, I have only provided the hands and materials to bring his vision into three dimensions. After the heads, will come the torsos, and the limbs....and the strings.....and then...if the Underbrain wills it.....puppet movies, yay!