This is a photo-guide to the construction of a foam puppet. This puppet is Sister Mary Annette, built by Professor Emerita Sandra Persels of the University of the Pacific. The photos on these pages were taken by Professor Persels and have been reproduced here with permission.
The finished puppet, Sister Mary Annette. The base for this puppet was one-inchsheeted open-cell foam (polyurethane foam rubber).
These are the foam components of the puppet, before assembly. The patterns shown were used as cutting guidelines to ensure that the puppet was symmetrical.
The pieces of foam were cut on a bandsaw, with a fine-toothed blade. Thisworks well for cutting precise patterns from a relatively stiff foam. The pieces were later trimmed with scissors for detail shaping.