73: Hand Puppet
I’ve been musing over the term hand puppet for a while now. I’ve wanted to make something that was technically a hand puppet, but not what you’d immediately expect.
So, I ended up making this:
It’s a big marionette hand. And it walks.
I made it mostly out of wine corks. Wanna see how?
Meg bought a bunch of old wine corks at a garage sale for a buck. They’ve been in our hall closet for almost a year. Then I got this idea, and grabbed some glue and felt.
I roughed out a quick skeleton that functioned surprisingly well.
Then I got to work, padding it out with pieces of felt. When I was all done, it worked remarkably like a human hand, only much bigger.
I hesitated for a long time, while I tried to figure out how to do the next step. What kind of skin do I give it?
I finally decided on some tan fleece, and started the incredibly tedious process of hand-sewing it all in place.
It was little things like sewing in between the fingers that took the longest.
Then it was just a matter of sewing the digits into place, and stringing it up.
The only thing wrong with it, is its ability to play Rock, Paper, Scissors.
I’m kind of in a rush, so I’m just going to dump the rest of the photos in a gallery here. See ya next week.
(Update! If you like this post, check out Hand Puppet: part 2)