20-21 February 2021 / Weekend on Zoom (11am – 3.30pm UK time / GMT) / £100 / MAKING 


Learn how to make beautiful mini rod puppets.

The course will cover ideas and design through to completion of your puppets. Techniques include: polymer clay modeling, stitching, glueing, painting and dressing puppets, we will consider creative ways stage your puppetry. You will need polymer clay and some other materials to make your first puppet and materials, we can suggest where to get these. [SEE MATERIALS LIST BELOW]

You will leave the course with ideas in puppet form! And making/manipulating techniques to transfer to your future puppet projects.

Led by acclaimed puppetry artist, coach and RCA Graduate, Isobel Smith

Enquiries and Bookings

I’m looking forward to meeting you and leading you through the process to make a beautiful puppet.
Please email me directly on if you have any questions or concerns.
Supersculpey 1LB /454g. from Tirantis –
This usually comes in pale flesh tone, can be overpainted. We will use about 2/3 of the pack in the course, you will have some left over for disasters or alterations you may want to make.
Finger bandage – for puppet arms and legs. When stuffed it shrinks up to about half it’s length so get plenty From
Body – wrist bandage From
Sewing kit: Fabric scissors, pins, needle and thread, white or cream for joining body to arms and legs. Coloured threads if you have them for clothing the puppet.
Stuffing. From world of wool choose if you prefer man-made or natural. (Pillow or cushion pad innards are a cost-effective alternative)
Glueing. PVA glue or PVA wood glue. From Artesaver (below), supermarkets or DIY stores
OPTIONAL Hot glue-gun and sticks (for easier attaching of hair, can use PVA and leave to dry overnight) From Artesaver or DIY stores.
Acrylic Paints, what you have already: minimum: red, brown, black, white, your choice of eye colour, other your choice if you want to alter Sculpey skin colour. From Artesaver  £5.30
Bigger tubes  £10.70
Paint brushes, medium and super-fine artist’s brushes.
Sizes 000, 6, 14 (or similar that you have) from Artesaver
Controllers. Pencil or equivalent piece of dowling, sawn to size for head controller
Wooden kebab sticks (2, from supermarkets) or equivalent piece of dowling. Sawn to size for arm controllers
TOOLS. Clay modelling tools. From Tirantis  £17.62 or £2.96
Cocktail sticks, thin knitting needle, or braddall – (i.e. a poking devise for making holes to attach body parts.)
Hot glue gun (optional see above)
Small saw for controllers, a small piece of medium sandpaper
Clothing. Small pieces of whatever you have to hand and would like your puppet to wear.
I recommend nothing too bulky or thick that would inhibit your puppet’s movement. Fabric with a slight stretch is good to work with, coloured tights, old tea-shirts, vests and knickers (which often have tiny patterns on too) are great. Sneaky tricks: a striped or patterned sock makes a fantastic tank-top. Toe ends of socks or tights make superb little hats. Keep an eye out for tiny details which can be appropriated for your puppet, e.g. narrow bra straps make great belts and braces. A cuff and bit of sleeve from a shirt or thin cardigan can make an instant skirt with waistband. Pockets make great aprons.
The most important thing always is that the clothes don’t restrict the puppet’s movement.
Hair. Wool locks are brilliant and come in fantastic colours and furnishes the puppet without being a potential tangle while you are manipulating the puppet. From World of Wool. If you want smoother hair try Locks instead, also World of Wool (you can order samples)

Recommended suppliers: (also available elsewhere or use similar substitute of materials you already have).
TIRANTIS (sculpture supplies)
Artesaver (painting supplies) (puppet arms. legs and bodies)
World of Wool (hair and stuffing)

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