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Handy Shop Fixtures – Part 1

When working on building professional ventriloquist figures, one can easily have several projects going at the same time. While working on the heads, you might do a few steps on one head, set that one aside temporarily, and then work on another head for awhile or another part of the figure. Where can you put

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Simpler can be better. . .

I did a certain crossing eye mechanism a little more than a decade ago, and experimented with this style for 2 reasons. One, just to verify I could do it (its a little fancier than some and tested my soldering skills), and two, to verify its usefulness in a figure. Here’s a few pictures: Basically

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I really am still here….

Just a quick post to let you all know I really am still alive and kicking! <G> Things just continue to be incredibly busy here, with building dummies, helping others build dummies, finishing out some custom work and other commissions, etc. But on top of that, I got some nasty virus that had lasted almost

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Fresh New Face – Update. . . .

Sorry to have been so quiet, but it has been blindingly busy here! No complaints however. Coming up for air to post an update on the newest member of our high quality figure line. In a previous post I mentioned about a new character named ‘Sparky’. We are very excited to announce that he can

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Why I Do What I Do. . . .

Core Cast Urethane Heads. What does that even mean?!? It means a highly specialized mold that forms the outside and the inside at the same time when a head is cast in urethane. Advantages? Strength/Quality of the casting (which is very important to me) and ease of use when building a figure. We’ll talk about

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Speaking of Spitters . . .

Alterations on existing figures can always be a challenge, and this is especially true when doing these alterations on another figure maker’s fine creation. Here was the challenge on a past project. The customer requested the installation of a spitter in an existing Selberg ‘Sammy’ ventriloquist figure. Here is a ‘before’ picture: It is one

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Character Concepts. . . .

When creating a new character, the first thing that a figure maker usually does is create a ‘character concept’ before doing anything else. There are a number of ways this can be done. One can create concept drawings, a concept maquette (a scaled down sculpture, half size or smaller), or do a quick sculpt in

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Winker Mechanisms Can Be Fun?!?

Yeah, I know. You must think I’m crazy if I think winker mechanisms can be fun! Actually there is a real good reason for the title of this blog post. Long before I ever had my blog going, I had talked to many aspiring figure makers across the country and around the world, and found

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A Fresh New Face. . . .

I’ve been working on a few new characters, but all has been on the back burner for awhile due to extenuating circumstances. I’ve had this one close to being done for some time now, but he has had to be patient until I could get a few spare moments to finish him. He said he

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Blast from the Past. . . .

What a lot of people don’t know about me is that I was a top piano tuner-technician-rebuilder for some 30 years. I was considered one of the top 3 piano techs in Orange County California. What does this past experience as a piano tech have to do with being a quality figure maker? I’ll explain

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