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Halloween Countdown 2015: Freddy Puppet Progress!

I am so excited. I got kinda recharged with classic horror movies of my teen years recently, namely the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. So when I heard that Robert Englund would be appearing at Walker Stalker con OVER HALLOWEEN, I was all over it. And since my dear husband started me on a tradition of making little funny puppets for famous actors when I meet them at cons, of course I had to get started on a  Freddy Krueger puppet.

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So first comes the basic hand puppet, or “glove puppet” as I specifically call it. Your fingers operate the two hands and the head. This kind of puppet usually cannot have a moving mouth, but it can do so much gesturing with its arms and hands(however short they may be :D) and it can pick up things with its hands. They are also easy to make and so cute and small.
I’m making Freddy in red cotton and painting flesh over it,leaving gaps where the red muscle shows through. Later I will add more detail with markers.

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Working on his sweater. Painted red fleece. It’s a bit crude, but once it’s all together the crude stripes may add to the grunginess of the character.

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While the body and head are drying I do a quick fitting to make the hat. I also have him a small pompom nose,like a  Muppet nose.

Stay tuned for more progress!

Hello!

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Hello! I’m a stranger here myself.

I took this pic years ago in my late grandmother’s room at the assisted living facility where she spent her last years. I now have this tiny metal hat, and I think my dad told me it was a campaign souvenir for a president in Grandmother’s lifetime, but I can’t find any more information on it. But it is perfectly finger-sized!

Halloween Countdown 2014–Gilroy the Ghost from Avon!

Not being a fashionista or even one who wears makeup that often, I don’t pay much attention to Avon products. Except when those products are cute toys. And in 1977, Avon put out a product that my friend Andrea got, since her mom sold Avon, and which I coveted. Why I didn’t try to wheedle my mom into buying just that one thing from Avon I’ll never understand, but at least I got to play with the thing when I went to Andrea’s house on the weekends when we were in grade school.

What was that thing? Why, it was little Gilroy Ghost, one of the most sought-after Avon collectibles ever.

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Here he is on our table of small toys appropriately known as Toyland.

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