Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Q&A: Buying an pre-cut head

QUESTION: Hi. If i made a special order could I get the 2t head open at the back because I am under 15 and have no idea how, I could open the mouth.
ANSWER: Your best bet may be to purchase a used ventriloquist doll on Ebay such as a Charlie McCarthy. For a beginner, these dolls already have the jaw "cut out" and fitted to the head. Also, the cost of the used doll would be less expensive than buying one of our casted heads.

If you want to change the appearance, you can add some Magic Sculpt to the head.

Good luck.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Cut me up

We recently received a question on what tools to use when cutting open a head. This isn't the first time this question has been asked.

There are many ways and tools to use when cutting vent parts. We like to use a dremel with cutting bits. Two of the bits are pictured on the right. We also like to use the new Dremel Stylus. This Dremel is lightweight and easy to handle. Since it is rechargeable, there is no cord to get in the way.

Some people do not like to use a Dremel. They say it is too difficult to handle. If you have other methods of cutting open heads, please add your comments.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Weather pending

The 100 degree weather is here in northern California. The heat is making it difficult for vent making.

Even though we have fans running in the shop, it is too uncomfortable to work. The heat also provides different challenges when it comes to making molds. Chemicals react differently. Clay models get soft, and urethane plastic set up too fast.

Sunny California does have its drawbacks.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Help from the audience

We received an email from Rob Lawrence requesting some information on a puppet. We didn't have all the answers so we thought we would post here to see if anyone else could help out. Clcik on the comments below if you have any information.
Hi, I am looking for a puppet like this one:


I need something that looks realistic with moveable eyes,head and a natural looking mouth that can open and close. Do you have anything like this and where can I get one? Do you know what type of puppet is called? Is this a mask with some moveable eyes? Any help is appreciated.

Warm Regards,

P.S.-Thank you for all the wonderful information on your site!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Willie Talk conversion dummies

From time to time we will retrofit some Willie Talk dolls. Since this doll is no longer in production, we will retrofit used dolls. This also allows us to sell the dolls at a lower price which is easier for buyers to purchase a lower price dummy.

Willie Talk is a smaller sized doll. The total length from head to toe is 25". From shoulder to toes, it measures 18" long. Since this is a smaller sized doll, we only recommend this for kids. Adult hands can fit, but it is a tight fit. Also, we make it a right hand thumb control, since it is easier to manipulate in the smaller opening. For those of you that want to add a hat, the head circumference is 13 1/2".

Willie has been a very popular dummy for us and is a great choice for beginning ventriloquists.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Another good blog site

Here is another good blog site to check out for vent maker enthusiasts. Montana Dan Blog site will show you some of the things he is doing including some steps and techniques on his dummy making adventures.

You can check out his blog at http://montanadan.blogspot.com/ Enjoy!