Labyrinth Blind Beggar

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Thank you! When I was a little kid, I was scared of the goblins. I grew older, though, and just always loved it.

That first scene when they take toby is still pretty creepy. I remember the Dance Magic song was stuck in my head for WEEKS.

My earliest memory of Labyrinth is watching it on VHS at my babysitters, and the movie scared the daylights out of me! I somehow ended up with this false memory of Sarah wandering through the Labyrinth, crying, while it was pouring rain.

In my teens I ended up finding the movie trailer randomly and I was so struck by how wrong my memory of it was. I ended up watching it out of curiosity and fell in love with it... and here we are 15+ years later and I spend my free time re-creating props from it ha ha.
 
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MouseMeat

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My earliest memory of Labyrinth is watching it on VHS at my babysitters, and the movie scared the daylights out of me! I somehow ended up with this false memory of Sarah wandering through the Labyrinth, crying, while it was pouring rain.

In my teens I ended up finding the movie trailer randomly and I was so struck by how wrong my memory of it was. I ended up watching it out of curiosity and fell in love with it... and here we are 15+ years later and I spend my free time re-creating props from it ha ha.

I just thought my sister was going to wish me away :lol:
I was only scared of the goblins at the start, though. The rest of the movie was okay; I also already had a fondness for Bowie's music when I was 5 or so and watched it for the first time, so the fact that he was the GK made me think it wouldn't all be so bad. That and I loved Ludo!
 

MouseMeat

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So, I've got my first pass with painting and I don't hate it! I've purposefully made the colors a little more saturated for the sake of theatrics. Right now, I'm pretty happy with it, but I may decide to go back at some point and layer more washes of color in.
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MouseMeat

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Another quick update is that I got the basics of my sigil pendant sculpted. I've included my main references (one of which taken from another post here). I've mostly been looking at this top one, which is the buckle on his brown leather jacket (which I would honestly love to have) since it has the most legible detail:
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This is my piece thus far. The center piece with the sigil was made separately, so I've got it glued in like a stone to a setting:
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Once my E6000 is done setting, I'll continue to sand. I have a nice metal nail file, and some 320 grit sandpaper I'm using. The clay already has really soft finish, but I may even spray it a little and try some wet-sanding. The sigil on the puppet is not super polished and shiny. If anything, it's very matte and tarnished (much like the photo above of the dark one Toby Froud has). As of now, my plan is to get is fairly smooth and paint it with regular silver acrylic. The center will be sealed with some PVA, then I'll use gold on that (I have both leaf paint and acrylic). I'll go over the silver with some bronze colors and some rusty browns to really tarnish it, and I'll probably dry-brush the gold center with black and brown to get it good and dirty, but still allow just a hint of shine.

I'm getting rapidly close to having to figure out the puppet body, so if anyone has any pointers, it would be greatly appreciated. Otherwise, I may just resort to making a giant pillow body and try to stuff it with some dense foam. And then maybe use some carved pool noodles or something for the arms and legs. Cuz I honestly don't know.

I also ordered the suede for my hat, so I'll be able to pick at that a little. I already have the skull; I just need to cut the back off to create a flat face for the back to attach to the brim.

Work on this will also slow a little, as I am a student, and my semester starts this week. The next 16 weeks are going to be full of project deadlines, so...
 
It's crazy to me how we haven't gotten an official release of a screen-accurate Jareth amulet. The closest we've gotten is that extremely inaccurate Genki Wear/Hot Topic amulet that was released ages ago that is still floating around the internet.

I'm not sure if anyone has linked to you Adam Kreutinger before, he's a puppet maker that has a lot of tutorials about various puppet builds, maybe some of his videos might give you an idea of how to construct the beggar's body?
 

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Raiders March

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Same! That first scene when they take toby is still pretty creepy. I remember the Dance Magic song was stuck in my head for WEEKS. The Fireys also kind of creeped me out when they started trying to take Sarah's head off lol.
Sarah was also my very first little boy crush. I was SOOOOO in love LOL.

Yep. With this and later rocketeer, Jen definitely had my attention.
As far as Labyrinth goes, its a childhood favourite along with Dark Crystal. Frouds concept art is amazing, and i think toby was his baby in real life?
 
Yep. With this and later rocketeer, Jen definitely had my attention.
As far as Labyrinth goes, its a childhood favourite along with Dark Crystal. Frouds concept art is amazing, and i think toby was his baby in real life?

That's correct! Toby is Toby Froud, son of Brian and Wendy Froud. If I remember correctly, they ended up using Toby in the film because he was already very comfortable around all the Goblin puppets thanks to his parents work.

I believe his characters name in the film was was originally "Freddie", they changed it to Toby because it was the only name Toby would respond to.

(It's been a few years since I've watched Brian Froud's commentary on the movie, but I recall a very sweet moment where he describes how hard it is to watch his own son cry on film).
 

MouseMeat

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Now that it's been a solid couple of months since I did anything with this (school and all that), I finally avoided my academic responsibilities for Halloween weekend and made some progress. This time on my hat!

I didn't think about taking many photos until I was halfway through, so bear with me.

Where we last left off was my pattern & mock-up with wired felt. I've had the faux suede I'm using sitting here for forever, so I finally covered the crown of my hat, then used the pattern from my felt mock-up to cut out the interfacing I bought to make the brim out of (excuse the poor lighting; I was working on this well after the sun went down for the day and my living room has very yellow light)
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Obviously, I cut two pieces: one for each side of the brim. For expediency (and pure laze), I used hot glue to attach the brim to the hat crown. I would have been much more careful and neat with all this if had needed to look nice by the time I'm done. But this doesn't and that's the beauty of it. Once the brim was attached and all my suede was pinned tight, I pinned on the armature wire I have to shape the brim. I whip-stitched it close to the edge of the new brim. Then came the fun part: bias binding. This was pinned, then whip-stitched like an invisible hem to either side of the brim (below is an excellent example as to why there is zero desire to make anything like stays, where hand-binding tabs is often a thing). Again, this didn't need to be super neat, so I didn't waste too too much time making my folds super nice (which was also hard to do with this width).
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My next steps will be to mix my paints and start weathering this. I plan to just use watered down acrylics and splotch it on in some darker blues, tans, and a little bit of brown. For being the first hat I've ever made, I'm pretty proud of how it came out.
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Please appreciate how massive this thing is when completely unshaped (need to paint the top side before sewing the sides up and shaping the brim), as illustrated by this photo of me for scale (sorry about my face, really)
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Regardless, I hope to maybe find the time to finish this by the end of this week, but we'll see how that goes, seeing as I've shirked all of my homework this weekend to get this far.
 

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