I have been a professional puppeteer, performing and building, for the last ten years.
About four years ago, a wonderful friend of mine showed me some miniature marionettes that he was building, using something called Super Sculpey.
Inspired by his work, I started using it to build some of my own.
After reading Bob McKinley's book on working with this medium, I was all set and thought that I knew everything. Well... it took a while, but after working out the kinks and learning how to make the clay work for me, I was all set. Here are a few of my polymer clay creations.
In the book, he is an artist. Perhaps that is the reason for the little purple glasses..
When the strings are pulled, this star leaps, and struts. There are even strings to swivel and thrust his pelvis.
This puppet stands about eight inches tall. I particularly love his lips and the spandex pants which were fun to make.
This head (the part I always build first) was originally going to be an elf of some sort. As I made the hands and the body, he wasn't an elf anymore.
When the fake fur went on at the base of his pants, he became a surfer. He stands about eight inches tall..
He stands nine inches tall and he moves beautifully. In fact, he will do just about anything.
The wings are real; her armor is silver-leafed. She is approximately eleven inches tall without the hair extensions.
He hung around in my shop for a year or so, until I got the idea to make a proscenium out of Sculpey. He then turned into "Pierrot."
Cernit teeth, glass sheep eyes, and ankle joints help him move and look pretty cool in my book.
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