Thursday, 5 August 2010

Liz's Puppet-Making Master Class, Part One

My latest project is Fluffville Films - puppet shows, written and created by Secondary School Students, aiming to raise young peoples' energy-awareness. The productions will feature Tiddles and the Stepford Bunnies, and possibly an Energy-Saving Piglet if anyone has a mind to make one! I will be working in six schools, with older kids this time and we will be using a professional film-maker to produce sweet little Fluffville DVDs! If any of you want to see how to make a Tiddles or Bunny puppet, here's how!
The first thing you need to do is blow your balloons up to a sort of puppet-head-size, so not too big! The best kind of fixing method is PVA glue, mixed with water - not too much water, about 1 part glue to 3 parts water seems to work fine. You can use wall-paper paste, or even flour and water if you have no posh glue!

Make sure you cover the balloon evenly with strips of torn newspaper. Don't make the strips too big and it's best to rip the paper, rather than cut it with scissors, it seems to lock together better.

Now add cardboard ears and stick them in place using masking tape - don't worry that it all looks a bit scruffy and random at this point, it will all be painted later. A good way to make a nose is by squidging some paper tissue with glue. It becomes quite soft and you can mould it into whatever shape you need. You then just paper mache over the nose to make it neat-ish.

The next step is to carefully paper-mache around the cardboard tube where you put your finger, ensuring it feels nice and secure. Make sure the tube is wide enough to fit your finger!

Here are the puppet-heads with their final coats of paper mache. They need to dry thorughly before they can be painted. Be sure to tune in next time to see the finished Tiddles and Bunny and how to make the little puppet glove!


Owen said...

Hi Liz !

A zillion thank you's for your package which arrived a couple of days ago ! We are thrilled ! Tiddles is simply marvellous...

More soon, have to run to work...

Aaaaaarrrrrgggghhhhh !

Buskitten said...

Hi Owen!
I'm so pleased you like it! It's only a humble little book, but very thrilling for me to have achieved this! The film project should be good, too, as kids always come up with the funniest things and their puppets will beased on Fluffville characters!
Take Care,
Liz xxxx

quiltcat said...

Hi Liz. How cool! I'm sure that it's going to be a really super fun project for you and the students! Question about the you pop the balloon at some point so you can put the cardboard tube on up into the "neck"?

Buskitten said...

Haha! I knew I'd forget something crucial, Paula! Yeah, you pop the ballon once the first coat of paper mache is hard - it's cool, as it makes a really funny noiseas it pops and shrinks! Then you carry on with inserting your finger tube, doh!