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Epoxy Glass Ventriloquist Dummies Part 3

In the first part of this article (see Epoxy Glass Ventriloquist Dummies Part 1) we talked about what Epoxy Glass is, its advantages/disadvantages and the when and why it might be used in making a ventriloquist dummy. And as I had mentioned, I have built a number of Epoxy Glass figures over the years, and

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Epoxy Glass Ventriloquist Dummies Part 2

In the first part of this article (see Epoxy Glass Ventriloquist Dummies Part 1) we first talked about what Epoxy Glass is, its advantages/disadvantages and the when and why it might be used in making a ventriloquist dummy. And as I had mentioned I have built a number of Epoxy Glass figures over the years,

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Epoxy Glass Ventriloquist Dummies Part 1

Epoxy Glass? What does that even mean? Basically it is fiberglass done with epoxy resin (instead of the common polyester resin). And why might a figure maker choose to use Epoxy Glass to build a ventriloquist dummy? Because it is SO STRONG and DURABLE! Because of its great strength and durability they build high end

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Blog Migration

Blog migration. . . What?!?  Does that mean we’re going to start seeing a bunch of blogs crossing the road somewhere? Not quite. All it really means is that I’ve been migrating my blog (hosted on Blogger for a number of years; see photo above) over here to my website.  To be honest, I’ve always

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A Nice Phone Call to get . . .

Sorry guys. I’ve gotten busy with so many things here that I’ve neglected posting to my blog. Our customer ‘Gene Ellis’ writes: “You are a talented man and I am soooooo proud, I’ve been showing him (Sparky) online to my friends, they love him! So thanks one last time, your awesome Mike!!!!!!!” Gene also called

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Another Happy Customer. . .

Below is a picture of Sparky just before he headed off to customer Frank Conenna in New York. I always worry about these little guys until I’ve heard they have arrived safe and sound. Here’s what Frank had to say to my wife (Cathy) and me (Mike Brose): “We picked Sparky up from the post

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A peek inside the process. . .

A peek inside the installation of an upper lip sneer in a professional ventriloquist figure’s head. A customer and good friend requested this animation for his figure order (he ordered awhile back and just finished his figure recently) and I wanted the challenge of installing this animation in this particular character head, as there is

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Sparky’s Younger Brother………

    Introducing Sparky’s younger brother ‘Skippy’! I’ve been meaning to do this for quite awhile, but 2013 has been so crazy, I just could not get to it until now. In any case, with no further ado, here he is, Skippy! He is now up on our website and is available as a finished

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Fred on the Workbench

Like many other figure makers, when a figure is completed, I will spend some time making sure everything is working as it should before the figure gets sent out. And as you’ll see, when I do this, I pretty much always end up making the figure talk a little. Yes, as the saying goes, “I

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I get this strange feeling…..

Every so often, while I’m working in the workshop, I get this strange feeling like someone is watching me! Hmmmmmmmm . . . I don’t think I’m imagining it. Someone IS watching me! Oh no! Everywhere I look there ARE eyes following me! And MORE eyes following me! Then my wife taps me on the

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