TempleCon: The Temple of Steam

February 7, 2009, Providence, Rhode Island TempleCon, now having completed its fourth incarnation, is a gaming festival, a social celebration and basically a three-day party.  They got continuous gaming, live music, and this year some live performances…. cabaret style!!!

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Adventures in Puppet-Making 101: The Neck and Body


I am going to be gluing the cloth neck tube today. This is the piece of material that your arm will be closest to. The body of the puppet will be placed over this. The neck piece is 17 inches long and 18 inches for the width about the skull.

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SteamPunk Bustle for TempleCon

Manuela has been invited to dance at a local convention called TempleCon and the motif is steampunk.  She asked me to create a bustle for the outfit she had in mind.

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New Zealand Dead Precious Museum Exhibit Illo

I have recently was contacted by the Nelson Provincial Museum in New Zealand.

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Paracyclotosaurus Goes to Washington……….well sorta.

This past week, I was contacted by the Curator of Fishes at the Department of Vertebrate Zoology at the National Museum of Natural History otherwise known as the Smithsonian Institution.

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Adventures in Puppet-Making 101: The Head and Some Corrections

Caution Note: An electric knife is made to carve meat. This is exactly what we are.  As I’m carving foam in smaller and smaller sections while holding onto it, I am beginning to envision fingers jumping about in front of my eyes but they’re not attached to my bones anymore.

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Adventures in Puppet-Making 101: Finger Tubes

Finger tubes provide a place for your fingers to rest in the same position all the time. Their function is to increase the amount of control that you have over the mouth of the puppet.

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