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Anatomy of a Custom Figure – Part Two

In the first installment I showed the concept art developed by character designer Larry LaFontsee and the special armature I made just for this project. I did not get any photos of the clay sculpt as it progressed unfortunately, because so often as I get sculpting, I don’t think about getting a camera out. Here

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Anatomy of a Custom Figure – Part One

Most people never get to see some of the ‘behind the scenes’ steps involved in the development of a custom figure. Thought some might enjoy getting a taste of that process. I have a customer who wanted a custom figure that looked like his goddaughter, and wanted a nice caricature of her. On occasion I

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It’s All in the Style. . .

Puppets and Props now offers two styles of vacuum formed styrene winker shells. We now have both a tabbed version and a tab-less version available for purchase on our web site for our customer’s convenience: You now have a choice, depending on what building style you prefer. There is more information on our web site

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It’s All in the Controls. . . .

I’ve been working with wood since I was 12 or 13. Had a woodshop in school and was my favorite class! My dad bought a ‘Shopsmith’ multi-purpose woodworking tool way back then, which I still have and use to this day. Of course it has been completely rebuilt with new variable speed motor and all.

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My Creative Customers . . .

Ventriloquist and comedian John Wayne Peel sent me a great picture of the figure that he finished with our cast dummy parts. He customized one of our Fred heads to resemble his late comedy partner Vic. A very nicely done tribute I would say: John is apparently quite creative and did a great job on

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Another Blinker Experiment. . .

As in a previous post on Blinkers experimentation, this little experiment from the archives was quite interesting to me personally, because of the challenge. Sometimes I like to do these little experiments to see first of all if the idea will work, and second to see if it has any practical value. Also, I am

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Arms, and Hands, and Legs, oh my!

Added some nice sewn/stuffed 3T legs and hands with sewn/stuffed arms to the shopping cart on our web site. These are the same quality arms and legs that we have used on our professional finished figures for years. My wife Catherine (a professional seamstress) makes these and they are quite nice. I’ve always marveled at

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Experiment in terror #9,783! (grin)

Like many figure makers, I experiment all the time, as that’s the only way you find out if something will work and more importantly if its practical as a regular figure building process. With this past experiment, done a number of years ago, I not only was working on refining my installation of metal winker

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What is it?!?

Here’s an interesting project I did for a top balloon artist. The request was for an armature or skeletal type head with moving mouth, moving eyes and raising eyebrows, over which balloons could be placed making for a very unique vent puppet. I first had to come up with a concept of how this might

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Fred with more than a facelift. . . .

We often have customers send in photos of their finished figures that they’ve made with our cast parts. One of the most recent ones was quite impressive. Customer Scott Brekken was quite ambitious and turned one of our ‘Fred’ heads (and other cast parts) into a beautiful ‘Mortimer’ figure. He really did a nice job

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