all you need to know about making puppets...

Each Doogle is carefully created with their own look and charms which helps in developing the characters unique personality. All the Doogles have the 'Muppet-style' feel to them, although we like to call it the 'Doogle-Style'. We love this style as it projects a warm, friendly and fun image which is what we are all about!

There are many techniques and styles of puppets throughout the world! You just have to choose which one is for you.

 

There are many different types of foam available on the market that can be used for puppet construction.

Urethane Foam (Poly Foam) is a soft flexible foam that is off white, cream or yellow in color. This is the same sort of foam that you might find inside a foam seat cushion

Many places sell this foam. In Australia, I use Clark Rubber. There is an excellent book by Drew Allison which shows you different techniques to constructing puppets from polyfoam.

To give you an idea on puppet construction please check out this fantastic video by Stewart. Stewart shows you basic construction designed for beginners.

Reticulated Foam (Scott Foam) is usually a block of foam black/grey or white in colour and is used for sculpting puppet heads.

 

I have found that 'Contact Bond' (or products similiar to this) is the best way to glue foam. Otherwise I use the hot-glue-gun to apply eyes, ears and other odds and ends to our puppets.

 

You can use anything you like to make your puppet. You can use fleece, fake fur, feathers, the possibilities are endless. Below are some of the suppliers used by us in Australia.

SPOTLIGHT offer a range of different fabrics, furs, feathers, foam, eyes and more. Checkout their website.
LINCRAFT offer a good range of furs, fabrics, fleece, feathers and more. Checkout their website.
FEATHERS offering a comprehensive range of products. Check them out.
CRAFT 4 LESS offer a good range of craft supplies. Checkout their website.

We also use overseas suppliers for some of our needs.

 

This is a sketch of Buzz one of our monster puppets. Firstly, we started out with a sketch of what we wanted him to look like. His head and body was made from urethane foam and then covered with a combination of antron fleece and fur fabric. Again, to get a better understanding of the construction process, please check out this video.
I then added the eyes, tongue, ears and eyebrows to give Buzz his facial features which helps build character.
Then after a lenghty process he is completed. Your next step is now to perform your puppet. There are loads of videos online that can help you do this. Check out this video to help you learn how to perform your puppet.

 

For information about our workshops on building puppets for kids, please feel free to contact us.