Puppet Richard

My first edition of marionette-style figures.
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I needed a figure sculpt to start with. I chose my ‘Richard Simmons’ character, sculpted in Super Sculpy since I knew I’d be making a few of these guys for my ‘Crom’ sculpture and wanted a pose-able base to work from.
Oct 15, 2008
Once the figure was blocked out and mostly detailed, but before I cooked the clay I started cutting into it and dividing it up, that way I could plan how it would break down into parts. After I’d scored into the clay I cooked him and finished the cut all the way through the armature.

Disassembled the parts, and started clean up on them. I had to make sure it woulf fit back together and that the joins weren’t too jagged.

South of Market, Oct 18, 2008

Next I sprued the parts to make molds. This is the process of attaching the parts to a board and to each other to allow them to be suspended in silicone for the mold. The thing to keep in mind at this stage was that I needed to pour the parts in a way that would minimize air bubbles, and allow the resin to flow through. This is one of the most tricky and intensive parts and I’ve learned a ton by trial and (expensive) error.

South of Market, Oct 19, 2008

Pouring silicone molds;
Silver Terrace, Oct 21, 2008

Molds cut open and original parts removed;
South of Market, Oct 24, 2008

I cast the parts in urethane resin,
South of Market, Oct 25, 2008

Which gave me plenty to work with;
South of Market, Oct 26, 2008

Each of these needed to be drilled and have string glued in one side at a time;
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I’m particularly fond of the way I set up the rolling/shrugging shoulders, with string that feeds through the torso into the upper arm;
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And here it is fully assembled.
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Detail in the hands.
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I made a few of these guys;
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These were first made available at the Alternative Press Expo in 2008 and are currently sold out.

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