1. Planning is essential - You can't just wake up one morning and say "I'm going to make a puppet!" and expect to have it complete by the end of the day. Clayton spent hours researching the tips on making puppets, then drew out his various patterns, and schematics of the puppet. He made his materials list and his Mom went out and bought the items needed. She and Rod told me I'm the most patient person on the planet to do this, but when you love crafts - and you love this sweet boy - it's easy.
2. Hot Glue is the best invention ever - I was in charge of hot glue and any other carcinogen products that we used. When we got in a pinch and didn't want to take the time for sewing, hot glue worked great. Of course, if you touched it, it was painful, but it dried in an instant and was very adhesive. Hot glue and I are friends.
3. With felt, foam and covered wire, you can make the best hands ever - My favorite part of the puppet was the hands. Clayton had made a pattern and had it all planned out and it worked like a charm. I cut out the pattern in foam, then hot glued portions of covered wire on each finger so they would become pose-able. Then I covered the wire-enhanced foam hands with orange felt and sewed it all together. Voila! We added a dowel rod and all of a sudden you have a working puppet arm that has pose-able fingers. Genius!
4. Humans did not evolve from tadpoles - After making the puppet head 3 times, and then changing our plans completely, I can confirm that God created us. We didn't evolve. A puppet is merely foam and felt plopped on a hand to come to life. Creating a puppet head is so intricate and difficult that there is no way our complex bodies just happened. Unfortunately, we didn't get to make Isaac because we couldn't perfect the head. After more research, I'm hoping we'll be able to make the perfect round puppet head.
Clayton took Rupert the Fish to church the next day to show off to his class. He was so excited. I am now doing research to figure out how to perfect the puppet head. Let's hope another puppet is in our future....one that will be equipped with a well-crafted head.