Introducing Betty or Thelma...a Work in Progress
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November 5th, 2007 – by: mickeyd302
Back to the puppet...I decided to go with a sock puppet because finding the necessary materials for foam puppet building is difficult here in Baku. Also, I really do not know too much about foam puppet building. This is my tester piece which took weeks to do because I actually work sometimes. My goal was to do my best to not make it look like a hand in a sock. The snout was made with cardboard and cotton swabs. I built-up the head with styrafoam and cardboard. A longer piece of carboard was placed in the back of the head to give it some semblence of an actual skull.
As with most tester pieces, I have discovered what works and what needs to be improved. First, I really needed a bigger sock. When I first started, the sock came to my elbow and now it is a little below my wrist. Second, I needed to build the head better -- better cheek bones and a better "skull". Third, the lower jaw does attached to the upper jaw. Fourth, it would be nice to make some eyelids for it. Fifth, I do need to add some more hair to the sides. Finally, it still looks a little too much like a hand in a sock for me, but then again I am my own worst critic.
Looking at the puppet, I definately see an asian dragon in it. If I added some ears, some horns and whiskers, I would probably have one.
I originally wanted to call this puppet Bashful Betty and make it a puppet that was very shy speaking English around anyone. I have also considered calling her Thelma the Thingamajig due to the fact that the th- sound in English is not used in Azeri.
Finally, I am open to all feedback and ideas on this project. Like I said, I am not a professional puppet maker, and all of the feedback that I get now will go towards hopefully developing more characters for the show.
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