Man oh man! Who would have thought taking apart one of your oldest puppets could be so damn stressful.
One of the biggest issues with anything older in the world of puppets is the decaying fabric and foam. Things tend to dry out with time and this is no exception. Mister Mummy has had his fair share of decay including:
- Whites of the eyes are almost dust. Just brushing against them gets them to break apart and leave dust behind.
- The pronounced stitching was done with thin cuts of fleece and the edges are falling apart.
- Fabric used for the skin has completely worn out in many places and starting to wear out.
There were a few other small issues like some bad stitching, visible seams, glue marks, and just overall sloppy work but it is from 2005 so what can you expect. Like all things my learning curve improved greatly over time and what I built back then compared to now is night and day.
Tearing Down Mister Mummy
The amount of refuse from the tear down was pretty solid. All of the fiberfill guts were thrown out, the arms and pipe cleaner limbs I had made at the time are gone as well. Everything is going to be rebuilt by the newer standards that I know. Armature wire properly wrapped, better formed hands, etc.
That’s the beauty of learning and practicing your craft. You can rebuild something better than it ever was while keeping the original style and look, with a modernized internal form.
The new body will have an armature wire frame wrapped in Scott Foam, which is a type of foam that is typically black / dark grey in color and has more of an open cell makeup to it compared to the denser puppet building foam with the closed cells.
What’s Next For Mister Mummy?
Now that the tear down is complete it’s time to begin the rebuilding process. I’m moving away from cheaper materials that I may have utilized in the past and onto the “good stuff” like Antron Fleece and armature wire framed bodied. It’s a more complicated creation in the end but Mister Mummy will have a posable body, including hands and fingers. This gives him a much wider range of available poses and location positioning for photos and videos. Party!