Monday, December 31, 2007

New light weight bodies




We have created a new body for ventriloquist doll makers. These new bodies will be classified under our "Elite Series". This will incorporate a wood frame with a vacuum formed body. The formed body is lightweight and finishes off the front of the body. All the maker needs to do is add padding if they choose to do so.

The first of the series is a body with a gut or "beer belly". (See photos). We plan on introducing more bodies this year so keep checking back to view other models.



The bodies will be sold and displayed on our web site at http://www.braylu.com/VentBodies.html

Monday, November 12, 2007

Repairing a toy ventriloquist doll


I get many questions by owners of toy ventriloquist puppets. The most asked questions are how they can fix their old toy puppet.

Arlie Everett has put togther a nice article titled "Repairing "Toy" Ventriloquist Figures". She lists the most common repair issues and simple instructions on how to fix them. This article includes photos and will list suppliers for replacement parts.

If you have a toy ventriloquist doll that needs repair, check this site out.

http://reviews.ebay.com/Repairing-quot-Toy-quot-Ventriloquist-Figures_W0QQugidZ10000000000856363

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Puppet implants


Once in awhile, you go a little stir crazy in the shop and you create something a little off the wall. Our latest attempt is breast implants. These implants are made of molded styrene plastic. They are aproximately 3" in diameter and 2" tall.
Used for professional ventriloquist dolls. The breasts fit our size 2T and 3T bodies or most professional size bodies made by others. 32"-42" dolls.

These lightweight implants are made so you can place the implants to your desired position. There is a 3/8" flange surrounding each breast so you can glue the implants or place them under the body fabric.

For more details go to http://www.braylu.com/VentBodies.html

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Learn by doing


There are many resources out there on how to make ventriloquist puppets. These resources range from books to videos and are for beginners to professional puppet makers.

Kenny Croes has developed a blog site where he chronicles his progress of making ventriloquist puppets. His blog site, "Vent into the mic", is interesting reading. He lets you know what he is doing, how he does it and lists his succeses and failures. You can get a real appreciation of what goes into making a puppet and the learning curve involved.

I recommend this site for all puppet and ventriloquist doll makers regardless of your skill level. You can visit Kenny's blog at http://ventintothemic.blogspot.com/

Monday, October 8, 2007

New Light weight hands for conversion puppets


Many new ventriloquist puppet makers get their start by converting Goldberger ventriloquist dolls. When they do, they like to place these heads on a larger body to allow for more hand room. Once you upgrade to a larger body, the hands then are out of proportion. We have developed hands that fit the larger bodies.

We have developed lightwieght, hollow urethane hands that are a perfect match to our 2T bodies.The hands measure 2.5" wide x 3" from finger tips to the wrist or 5.25" from finger tips to attachment. These hands are paintable to meet the skin color needs of your choice.

Visit our web site for more details at http://www.braylu.com/VentArms.html

Friday, August 3, 2007

Eyelid Blinker Shells



We now have eye lid blinker kits available for those makers that want to include blinkers to their puppets. You can purchase the blinkers only or buy the complete eye kit set

The blinker shells (only) include (2) rigid white styrene blinker shells only - designed to work with 1 1/2" eye balls.

for more information go to http://www.braylu.com/VentEyes.html

Saturday, July 21, 2007

The naming debate

I have been reading the debate on what is a pro doll, semi-pro doll etc... Very interesting and good comments by all and surprisingly a topic that has sparked some high interest.

I guess I look at it solely from a marketing perspective. The description of amateur or toy, semi-pro or converted, and professional or supreme are only marketing terms in my eyes. The use of these terms is to help categorize the products that are being produced or sold.

Can a professional ventriloquist use an amateur or professional doll – Yes. As a matter of fact they do not have to use a doll at all and can still put on a memorable performance.
Can a novice ventriloquist use a professional or amateur doll? - Yes, and probably not very well. The type of doll does not make the performer or the puppet a professional.

I use these terms to help categorize the type of doll or puppet for the person trying to purchase the doll. The critical information about the doll should be found in the selling description. The detailed description should help answer what the doll can and can’t do, the size, it’s features and how it is made. After that, it is up to the ventriloquist and they can call it whatever they want.

Less detailed and smaller puppets are typically better for beginning ventriloquists. They give the beginning ventriloquist the opportunity to get started at a minimal investment.
As the ventriloquist becomes more advanced, they typically move to more advanced puppets. Intermediate and advanced ventriloquists typically prefer larger puppets with more features. (moving eyes, eyelids, ears, blinkers, arms etc...). Since they prefer these features and most likely are making some money using these puppets, they are more inclined to pay more for a puppet. Thus the marketing terms amateur, semi-pro and professional dolls have been developed to try and categorize the appropriate doll to the user.

I guess in the long run, I really don’t care what they are called. My hope is that those who make puppets continue to make them in their special way and for those who perform with puppets to find the right puppet and continue to perform. What is important is getting satisfaction out of this craft.

Friday, February 2, 2007

Upgraded Otis


Here is a photo from Jim Foster of Katy Texas. He upgraded his Otis O'Day with Braylu parts.