Today was the start of the build for Sentence Snatchers, starting with the puppet for Frank. I started out with a front and side elevation sketch -- the puppet is required to be around 40cm tall so her head needs to be about a fifth of that (8cm).
Frank will mostly be constructed from 15mm and 34mm plastic pipe.
The head, which will have a polystyrene outside, has a ply inner with a handle on the back. There is a dowel through the neck with elastic banding holding it to the chest, allowing it to move freely.
The elastic banding has a bit of a weird story behind it -- I have no idea what it's actually called so if anyone knows, get in touch!
I've used two different joints for the knees and the elbows. The elbows have cable ties keeping them aligned and elastic banding holding the arm together but allowing it to move. The knees have metal joints allowing them to move in one plane.
The finished day's work. Frank has a skeleton (sans full head, hands and feet) and is ready for the next stage of work on Sunday.
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