Monday, May 16, 2011

Hair on the puppets!

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This isn't the *most* recent update......yesterday, after much fussing about, I got hair on the second puppet....it's not easy supergluing real hair to wooden heads in a way that looks remotely realistic, but it came out better looking than the sewn weft to a wig cap idea I initially tried. The dress was just a first attempt.....I think the fabric (oxford cloth from a repurposed thrift store shirt) is too stiff on this scale....I need to find material that is clingier....can't hide those well-defined curves that took so many hours to painstakingly achieve with the Dremel.
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!

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