Here is my rundown of how I made my Witch puppet!
We started by making the armatures - these were pretty simple wire ones made of aluminium and steal bound together by string. The arms were secured onto the body with epoxy putty.
And Suzy and I met up for a crafting afternoon of muscle work and sculpting with Sculpey. Her puppet is the slender one!
I was working off of my scaled design drawing. I am very satisfied with my sculpt. Only problem might be the very small mouth-area - but it works for this specific project as it is without dialogue. Still, I had to make quite a few mouths. And pupils and eyelids... It feels so weird to spend so long on a miniature product.
And how the sculpt looked with some acrylic paint and a few of the replacements applied with wax!
Then came hands. Smaller wires with more thread. And then balloon latex mixed with acrylic. It was really tricky to get a colour that looked like her face - the latex dries darker!
Testing for colour combinations and then after some sowing on the machine I borrowed from a friend of the family!
Then came hair. I started with a spongy white core and then started gluing the embroidery thread on top, starting with the darkest colours and moving my way up my nuances. I used Joanne's for the appliance and then a coat of Elmer's to stiffen everything up when I was finished.
Then I made the final (so far) touches - sowed her witch hat and glued some jewels on her underskirt.
Finished! Maybe. Her cape is difficult to animate with, so I might have to change it.
And a group photo with everyone's puppets!