So I've been working in polystyrene a lot this week. After cutting rough silhouettes and laminating blocks together (as mentioned in my last post) I clamped them, waited for them to dry and then, using a combination of a belt sander and my dremel, carved them down to shape.
The sentence snatchers are thoroughly creepy and theyre really starting to take shape now. They need to be a little scary but not so scary they terrify the audience, who will mostly be very young.
All three of the puppets have what I refer to as kettle handles -- right angled handles built into their heads to allow for close up manipulation. I find these easiest to operate personally but some people prefer a straight rod. The kettle handles go right inside the puppet's skull.
Here are a few photos of their heads throughout the sanding process. For the bigger puppets I smoothed the skull out a little before drilling out the eyes with a 30mm forstner bit. Frank I sanded completely before drilling rough eye holes -- I'm going to add a bead in each eye socket after she's painted to add a little life to her.
Tomorrow I'm going to do some fine sanding. Pictures up when I get the chance! (It's a busy month!)
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