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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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Fumbling on Facebook….

I’m probably one of the last holdouts for getting onto Facebook and finding out how the social networking and such works. I did finally join up last summer and muddled through the process, and have slowly but surely gotten familiar with things on there and the basics of how it works. One thing I really

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A Thousands Words. . . .

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. If that is true, then a video must be worth quite a few more words, eh?!? My blog has had several pictures of the inside of the heads of figures that I have made. And many have let me know that they appreciate seeing these type

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