by Sayraphim on December 9, 2008

In the next week there’s going to be a Surprise Piggy tutorial and a cloth doll tute (I haven’t thought of a funky name for her yet) and I’m really looking forward to sharing those with you!

But until then, I figured I’d share some photos from the play I designed that’s just finished, This Is Set In The Future at La Mama. There was heaps of good feedback for it, and I was pretty happy with it all up. This was what the Bedazzler was for, as well as the Confusion Fish. But here are some photos of some of the things I made in all their glory!

Joshua Cameron and his bedazzled DISCO SLUT knickers

Joshua Cameron, Rachel Barring and the Confusion Fish

Something I haven’t mentioned yet on the blog, the Turkey Baby puppet. It waves it’s wings gently if you watch closely. Erm, not in this photo of course, but when Rachel was cradling it.

Rachel and the Turkey Baby.

Nicely enough, I heard one audience member remark as she left “That headless naked turkey really freaked me the hell out” Shucks. It’s so nice when something you make connects with the audience! I used to think puppets were in a realm of their own, you know, only something that a Henson Workshop employee could make. But puppets are just craft. The Turkey Baby is made up of dowel rods, shaped foam, loads of hot glue, some terry toweling for skin and then airbrushed with pink ink. Ok, well, the air brushing takes some special equipment, an air brush and air compressor (love you ebay!) but everything else is simple craft supplies anyone can get. And the best place for foam is the off cuts bin at your local friendly foam store.

And, indecently, if you’re looking for books on how to make foam hand and rod puppets (think the Muppets) you cannot go past The Foam Book : An Easy Guide to Building Polyfoam Puppets
by Donald Devet and Drew Allison it was and continues to be extraordinarily useful. You can buy it off Amazon, and if I could find a simple way to link to the page I would. Damn uppity Amazon!

Stay tuned for more craft…

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