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July 10, 2010
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Jan 1, 2003, 7:24:24 PM
Dragon cable puppet finished by SnowFox102 Dragon cable puppet finished by SnowFox102
Video here: [link]

Here's my prototype dragon cable puppet, all finished! I do plan to redo his horns, because this set is made from Model Magic Fusion and they're too soft. I have some Sculpey, but the horns are made with a wire armature and I don't have any wire that's safe for baking right now. I just used these temporarily so he won't look so much like a kangaroo. :slow:

He's a Soba Dragon. "Soba" means "noodle" in Japanese. I thought it fit. :D

The fabric is faux fur. He has a wire armature, and the mechanical bits are a simple ball joint made from a wooden bead on a wire and paper mache, with a Du-Bro flexible airplane pushrod for the control cable. (You can see what the mech looks like here: [link]) The grip at the end of the cable is another, oval wooden bead held on by super glue and hot glue. His eyes are plastic safety eyes, hand-painted by me with glow in the dark paint and acrylic model paint. The dark picture doesn't really capture how bright they glow, it's a pretty cool effect. His nose is a simple plastic safety nose. He also has a magnet in his chest so he can sit on my shoulder, with another magnet under my shirt.

His neck ended up too long thanks to the fact that I haven't made an armature in years. I call him Noodle because of that. :D But he's just a prototype, so it's ok. I made some changes to the pattern, and the next one will hopefully be easier to control. Noodle has fairly good range of motion, but the cable requires more twisting to turn his head than it should. I think maybe I need to spend the extra money to get a Sullivan pushrod, everyone else seems to use those. Maybe that will twist better.
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KitKatHugz Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student Filmographer
awsome,the dragon is cute

but do the eyes glow in the dark?
SnowFox102 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes they do. :)
KitKatHugz Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student Filmographer
ThePhantomDragon Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Student Filmographer
how did you make the armature? ive always wondered how to do something like this
SnowFox102 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's just floral wire bent into shape. If you mean the mechanism that allows the head to move, there's a closeup of it here: [link] and a different version that works better here: [link] I'm working on another puppet now, with a third mech design. I'll upload pics of that one when I have something to show. :)
FreakMyLife Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Good job!!!
RinOkami Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
This is cool. I've always wanted to try to make one of these after I saw some woodbabies at a renn faire. I may just have to try it now. :)
Mad-March Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Student Digital Artist
This is insane bro, I just did some research on like how to make these and it looks like it takes a crazy amount of dedication. SO I'M GOING TO TRY IT, THANKS FOR INSPIRING ME DUDE 8DD
SnowFox102 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's actually not as difficult as it looks. The main problem is there's so little information out there! I'm trying to put as much info as I can up, because these are a lot of fun and I believe in sharing my techniques, because I think the art is in the execution rather than the tech. ;) I posted some info here: [link] Watch for future info there as well. If you have any questions feel free to ask and I'll do my best to help. :)

Also, I'm a girl, just so ya know. :D
Mad-March Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Wow thanks so much! And yeah I actually found what you had written there. XD I'm excited to get started, I think I've got the basic idea of how to make one.

XD; oops sorry if I offended you, I know you're a girl but I just call everyone a dude lol ;;
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