Thursday, December 27, 2007

Monday, December 10, 2007

The Emperor's Nightingale

Two plastiline Dragons to be part of the Emperor's Throne

Friday, November 9, 2007

The Emperor's Nightingale

Almost finished Dragon Door sculpt

The Emperor's Nightingale

I haven't posted for a long time. but it's because my computer's been ill.

I've just learned to use a sewing machine and started to make a costume for the First Courtier.

This is the first time I've sewn anything, the costumes I've made before I've just glued together.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007


Almost completed plastiline sculpt for the Dragon Door handle


Two shots of the nearly completed plastiline Dragon Door sculpt

Monday, August 27, 2007


This is Courtier 5, George, (they're getting names now), ready for plastering. The shims are cut from plastic tubs.


So, on Friday I had the first disaster with making moulds. I had finished the first Dragon relief, modelled in clay, for one of the doors, and made the mould for it in the same way as for the clay heads, in Plaster of Paris with the various release agents. Then I added the glass fibre mix to it and let it dry. And then tried to get the glass fibre out of the plaster mould. No way!! Finally I broke the plaster mould, which is what I have been doing with the head moulds, and the glass fibre shattered in several places. End of the Dragon.

I have started sculpting the Dragon relief again, in Plastiline, and will make a silicone rubber mould for the flexibility, and the need to make more than one cast from the mould. Hey ho.

I do like sculpting in clay for the heads, though, shapes come out of the clay at you, and clay is so soft for the modelling tools.

The photo shows the beginning of the second Dragon sculpt.

Sunday, August 19, 2007


Plaster of Paris on top half of Courtier 4s Head


Plastic shims around Courtier 4 Head

Sunday, August 12, 2007

A Bit more of Courtier 4 and the Dragon Door

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Courtier 3 straight out of mould

Sunday, July 15, 2007


Courtier 2 with eyes


Beginning of Sculpt and nearly end of Sculpt for Courtier 3. Head is about 9cm from chin to top of head. The clay which I am using at the moment is called Newclay.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Sunday, June 17, 2007


Courtier 2 head out of the Mould


Courtier 2 mould with Gelcoat and then Matting


The photo is looking into the mould, the face is not coming out towards you. It may not look like it in the photo, but the plaster mould has been painted with three or four layers of shellac, to seal the plaster, two layers of wax polish, left to dry and polished each time, and two layers of Unibond PVA Adhesive and Sealer, to provide a barrier to the glass fibre gelcoat which will be applied next.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Animated Fairy

An Idea for an Animated Fairy I have been working on

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Ear Sculpt

Ears sculpted in Plastiline for Imperial Dean

Hand Sculpt

Hands sculpted in Plastiline for Imperial Dean

Friday, April 27, 2007

A Marionette Cat. Made from hardwood.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Neck Joint

This is the bit that makes the head go up and down. Two strings come down from the front and back of the ball on the neck joint and round the pulley wheel.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Imperial Dean's Neck Joint-Mark 2

New supports for side to side head movement of Imperial Dean puppet

i've been thinking

Short Puppet Film about High Tech Research and Development in a Factory. Puppets as used in The Appraisal. The model keyboard and computer screen had various pipes embedded in them, attached to a piece of hose pipe, attached to the cold water tap.

Monday, April 23, 2007

The Appraisal

A puppet film, based on the high-powered world of factory life.It was shot on miniDV in one day in July 2006 and edited over a two week period on Pinnacle, version 8.
The puppets were worked from underneath, lip synched to pre recording on tape. Puppets heads cast in glass fibre, mouth movement done manually, Kevin's eyes moved by a servo motor controlled by radio control

Thursday, April 12, 2007

The idea of the neck joint for this rod puppet is that the ball allows up and down head movement, and the wooden ring allows side to side movement.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Working on a neck joint and the body for the Imperial Dean in The Emperor's Nightingale

Monday, April 9, 2007

Working on the puppets and storyboard for a half hour puppet film, The Emperor's Nightingale, adapted from the story by Hans Andersen.
This is a foam latex head of the Usher in the pilot film. He has two sevo motors inside, one working the lower lip, and the other the top lip.