A puppet is a portable form of a person or creature typically moved either by strings commanded from over or by a hand inside it. At the beginning of 2021, I sparked an interest in how to make my own handmade puppets. I researched online, watched many videos, and found Adam Kreutinger to be the most resourceful for making custom puppets. I applied the puppet creators' techniques and tips to my own and was pleased with the outcome. 
MONICA THE PUPPET VISITED SHIH CHIEN UNIVERSITY IN TAIPEI
Hand Puppet I made Monica The Puppet from Puppetwood Comedy visits Shih Chien University in Taiwan.
Puppet Features
Both hand options are included. One hand will have rods for dynamic arm movements, while the other is designed for mouth manipulation and can be operated easily.
Size-wise, the 30-inch model appears ideal for regular sets and should provide easy control, fitting comfortably up to your mid-bicep. A smaller scale will maintain all the detailed craftsmanship, ensuring the puppet remains as lively and impactful as intended. I would not recommend going beyond a 30-inch model; smaller is better.
Our puppet's design is as flexible as your needs. We can craft the lower half with legs and shoes if you prefer a full-body puppet. However, if space or manipulation is a concern, our half-body design is just as aesthetically pleasing and won't compromise the overall look and feel of the puppet.
Regarding the timeline, we value the flexibility to accommodate such requests, ensuring the puppet arrives in time for your upcoming classes and shows. We will work together on this, with the normal process taking four weeks plus another week for delivery to your doorstep.
Understanding Puppet Lightness
By focusing on the following aspects, we create puppets that are not only light but also highly functional and expressive, enhancing both the puppeteer's experience and the audience's enjoyment.
Ideal Puppet Lightness
The ideal puppet should be lightweight, which is emphasized in our designs. Our puppets are notably light and highly successful in this manner. Lightweight puppets are crucial for ease of use and manipulability. Here's why:
Ease of Manipulation: A lightweight puppet is easier to manipulate. It reduces strain on the puppeteer's hands and arms, allowing extended performances without fatigue.
Better Control: Lightness allows for more elegant control and precise movements, making the puppet's actions expressive and realistic, giving it character.
Enhanced Performance: A lightweight puppet enhances the fluidity of the performance, enabling dynamic and artistic presentations.
Wider Range of Movement: Light puppets allow for a broader range of gestures and movements, encouraging creative expression and bringing the character to life.
Accessibility: Lightweight puppets are more accessible for children and beginners due to their ease of use. Their portability benefits traveling performers and educators, making transporting puppets to various locations easier.
How to Design a Lightweight Puppet
Materials:
Foam: We use lightweight foam for the puppet's body and head. Foam is not only light but also easy to carve and shape.
Fabric: We choose lightweight fabrics. Fleece, felt, and certain types of polyester are durable and light.
Hollow Structure: We design a hollow structure to reduce weight without compromising appearance or functionality.
Construction Techniques:
Minimalist Framework: We use minimal internal frames or skeletons to support the puppet's shape without adding unnecessary weight.
Simplified Mechanisms: If the puppet has moving parts (e.g., mouth or limbs), we use lightweight materials and keep the design simple.
Balanced Design:
Weight Distribution: We ensure the puppet's weight is evenly distributed to prevent the top from being too heavy or difficult to control.
Ergonomic Handles: We design ergonomic handles or grips so the puppeteer can comfortably hold and manipulate the puppet.
Practical Tips for Lightweight Puppets
Practice: Spend time practicing with your puppet to get accustomed to its movements and effectively bring out its character.
Storage: Properly store the puppet to maintain its lightweight structure and prevent damage.
Maintenance: Regularly check joints and moving parts for wear and tear to ensure smooth operation.
Puppet Head Measurements for Custom Wig Applications
Accuracy ensures a snug and natural fit when measuring a puppet's head for custom wig applications. Puppets have unique head shapes and postures that differ significantly from human heads, making precise measurements crucial for wig customization.
Standard Measurements:
Side Head Circumference: 18 cm (7.08 inches)
Overall Head Circumference: 61 cm (24 inches)
Side Head Circumference
This measurement is taken around the side of the puppet's head, passing over the top from one side to the other. Ensure your measuring tape is snug but not tight, following the natural contours of the puppet's head. This helps understand how the wig will drape over the sides and top.
Overall Head Circumference
Measure around the widest part of the puppet's head, usually around the brow line. This accounts for the full head circumference, providing a baseline for the wig's overall fit. This is essential for ensuring the wig covers the head completely without being too loose or tight.
Circle Measurement
In puppetry, "circle measurement" refers to the full circumference around the puppet's head. For standard wig fittings, a typical circle measurement is 68 cm. However, this measurement often needs adjustment due to puppet heads' unique positioning and inclination.
Adjusted Measurement for Wig Fittings
The reference measurement should be adjusted to 61 cm for custom wig applications for standard puppets. This adjustment accounts for the natural tilt and posture of the puppet's head, ensuring the wig fits properly and maintains a natural appearance. Puppets often have heads that tilt forward or sideways, so the wig's design must accommodate these angles.
Natural Tilt and Posture
Understanding the natural tilt and posture of the puppet's head is vital. This affects how wigs or other head coverings fit and look. A puppet's head posture can significantly impact the wig's appearance, so the adjusted measurement ensures the wig stays in place and looks as intended during performances.
Additional Tips:
Material Selection: While wigs are commonly used, different textile items can also be crafted into head coverings. Consider the weight and texture of materials to ensure they match the puppet's scale and style.
Fitting and Testing: Always test fit the wig on the puppet head before finalizing. This allows for any necessary adjustments to ensure the best fit.
Customization: If the puppet's head has unique features or accessories, factor these into your measurements and adjustments. Customization ensures the wig fits seamlessly with the puppet's overall design.
 PROCESS OF MAKING MONICA THE PUPPET
Drawing of the puppet
Drawing of the puppet
Puppet head production
Puppet head production
Puppet head and body Production
Puppet head and body Production
Puppet hairs
Puppet hairs
Puppet hairs
Puppet hairs
Puppet rods
Puppet rods
Puppet eyes
Puppet eyes
Puppet hand foam
Puppet hand foam
Puppet hand foam
Puppet hand foam
Puppet hands
Puppet hands
Puppt hands
Puppt hands
Puppet hand
Puppet hand
Puppet hand
Puppet hand
Puppet hand rods
Puppet hand rods
Puppet eyelashes
Puppet eyelashes
Puppet eyelashes
Puppet eyelashes
Puppet eyelashes
Puppet eyelashes
Puppet eyelashes
Puppet eyelashes
Puppet poses
Puppet poses
Puppet poses
Puppet poses
Puppet hands sowned
Puppet hands sowned
puppet hands sowned
puppet hands sowned
Puppet hand creases with soft pastels
Puppet hand creases with soft pastels
puppet hand blush with soft pastels
puppet hand blush with soft pastels
Puppet tongue
Puppet tongue
Puppet traditional with Chinese outfit
Puppet traditional with Chinese outfit
Puppet added blush with soft pastels
Puppet added blush with soft pastels
Puppet added blush with soft pastels
Puppet added blush with soft pastels
Puppet sewing the feet
Puppet sewing the feet
Puppet Chinese dress - Monica The Puppet
Puppet Chinese dress - Monica The Puppet
Puppet Chinese dress - Monica The Puppet
Puppet Chinese dress - Monica The Puppet
Puppet Chinese dress - Monica The Puppet
Puppet Chinese dress - Monica The Puppet
Puppet with blue jeans - Monica The Puppet
Puppet with blue jeans - Monica The Puppet
Puppet legs fabric
Puppet legs fabric
Puppet feet
Puppet feet
Puppet legs
Puppet legs
Puppet foot
Puppet foot
Puppet foot
Puppet foot
Puppet as Snow White Princess - Monica The Puppet
Puppet as Snow White Princess - Monica The Puppet
Puppet as Snow White Princess - Monica The Puppet
Puppet as Snow White Princess - Monica The Puppet
Puppet as Snow White Princess - Monica The Puppet
Puppet as Snow White Princess - Monica The Puppet
ADAM KREUTINGER'S APPRECIATION
Unleashing Creativity with Anisa's Custom Puppets
Immerse yourself in the enchanting realm of puppetry with Anisa, a renowned artist who skillfully creates custom puppets, including the much-loved Monica The Puppet. Anisa embarked on her puppet-making journey in 2021, diving deep into online research and learning from informative videos, particularly those by the famed puppet craftsman Adam Kreutinger. By incorporating Kreutinger's expert techniques, she handcrafted a mini puppet version of herself, 'Monica The Puppet,' a star performer on Puppetwood Comedy, showcased on YouTube. Anisa's services extend to customizing puppets for specific requirements and mass-producing her delightful creations for larger projects. Monica The Puppet’s adventures even included visiting Shih Chien University in Taipei. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the puppet creation process on Anisa's TikTok channel, from the initial stages of puppet head production and attaching delicate puppet eyelashes to the final blush strokes added with soft pastels. Witness the puppet's journey from a basic sketch to a fully-costumed character, as seen in Monica The Puppet's traditional Chinese outfit or Snow White Princess avatar. Experience the magic of puppet-making and turn your puppet dreams into reality with Anisa's custom puppets. Explore the captivating puppet world with relevant tags such as #custompuppets, #handpuppets, and #howtomakeapuppet.
PUPPET DESIGN INQUIRY
Feel free to contact me for puppet design needs; if required, we can even handle the mass production of our creations. For those intrigued, my Youtube channel. Offers Speedpaint videos and more, providing insights into the process behind my artistic endeavors.
Before we schedule a call, here's a brief overview of what we can offer:
Puppet Name: You can decide on the puppet's name.
Size & Material: We recommend a 75 cm (30 inch) puppet made from sponge, EVA, and polar fabric. This size ensures easy manipulation without compromising the puppet's quality.
Features: The puppet's fingers are wired for added flexibility. Control sticks are also included for ease of movement.
Cost & Payment: The total cost for this puppet may vary and will be provided during our conversation. We require a deposit to begin, with the balance due upon your approval of the finished puppet's photos.
Delivery Time: The estimated completion time is 4 weeks.
Please let me know your preferred day and time, and we can arrange a call to discuss your project in detail. Looking forward to bringing your characters to life!
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