Monday, July 12, 2010

Designing Puppets... just too much fun.

I know this might sound a bit crazy, but it's almost like I'm creating a bit of life. While I'm thinking up the character it literally comes to life in my mind, and as I get closer and closer to finishing it I can really imagine it being a real creature out there doing it's thing.

I know that sounds odd...but it's what it feels like.

Which brings me to a bit of a problem. I want to try and make and sell a few of these guys...but it's hard to think about selling them when I'm spending so much time coming up with the ideas. I guess that's something that I'll have to get over if I want to try and sell them.

I do have a few more ideas that I need to try to implement on a couple more "prototypes" before I start thinking about making some to sell. I'm going to try to change the pattern and the instructions a bit so that I can machine sew the entire thing. That should make it go faster all around, and I think I've come up with a way to do it that will require just a tad bit of modifying to the original plan. The original plan will have to have it's mouth plate enlarged just a tad and the material around the mouth on the head enlarged in order to account for the seams that the machine leaves. The original plan also requires you to sew the already completed head to the already completed body, which is a bit difficult to do with the machine. I believe that if I end up sewing the body to the head BEFORE I sew back seam on the two pieces that it would go together really well AND be faster. After trying these two ideas out on a puppet, if they work, I then need to time myself to see how long it takes to make one from start to finish. Now that I've used the machine a bit more I am having less issues with the string getting tangled and stuff. If, however, the two ideas don't work then I'll still have to time myself.

With all of this said...I have another really cool idea for one that i want to work on. I'll keep that a secret until I actually start to work on him. I also have another idea, but he will require one of the other patterns available...which I don't really want to buy right now. So as soon as I get that other pattern, I'll go ahead and start on that idea as well. I'll just say this for now...his name will be Bob.

1 comment:

Doug said...

Have you thought about shows?
Or even a skit/movie?
Or even a how-to video?
Or designing your own?

BTW they look great!