Here's a new puppet I started

It will have mouth open and side to side jaw motion

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Scale please?

the finished sculpture of the head will be 2.75" tall overall puppet is 11.5" tall

It looks like it will have hands on the front to mark the hours, minutes and seconds.

more progress on the puppet

 

this is the tounge mechanism


 this is the head so far,,I worked out the jaw,and chin motions

What, no side-to-side, orbital motion? Tsk, tsk.

Do you design these on paper, or CAD first? Please don't tell me you just wing it.

I'm assuming the thingy that holds the tongue is like a hairpin, and that the screws attaching it to the brass plate are set close enough together such that it's pulled tight around a wee little rod?


Greyguy said:

this is the tounge mechanism

the tongue is a little bar linkage like a  parallelogram but the pivots are not even so that when it goes forward i get a little up motion at the tip.

The jaw also goes side to side.The black linkage is designed to slide abit so when the jaw moves it does not effect the position of the chin,

I hand draw my ideas first then I start building the inner most part of the mechanism and work my way out. As I design individual parts I use EMachinshop's free cad program and build up in 2d views the whole design as I go. Remaking each part until I get it to do what I need it to do.

 

 

Here is an early slide mechanism that is attached to the chin lever

tongue pivot

This looks amazing. Its almost a shame to cover something like this up in rubber. My vote would be for you just to bang a few eyes on the front and call it good.

This is very inspiring, such amazing craftsmanship!  Can't wait to see more!

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