New Kermit the Frog replica

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by sctcarts, Apr 21, 2015.

  1. sctcarts

    sctcarts Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I wanted to show off my Kermit the Frog replica I've spent the last 2 months putting together. This is version 2, version 1 was my prototype to work out pattern sizing, assembly, etc. I had started with the Master Replicas poser patterns that are floating around out there, but ultimately threw out because there were many sizing issues once put together into a working puppet. So everything to get to this final Kermit has been trial and error (lots and lots of testing and redrafting until it felt right.)

    I had a goal of using all the accurate materials - he's made of Antron Fleece that has been custom dyed, his feet, mouth plate and frill are all Ultrasuede matched in the accurate colors, and his body, legs and arms are foam construction, with a gasket rubber mouth plate, wire armature fingers, and custom ping pong ball eyes with adhesive velvet for the irises. He's built mostly through hand stitching (the infamous "Henson stitch") and contact cement (Duo 88). All told, about 200 hours of development on the prototype, then an additional 40 hours on this one, which was my finished Kermit. Both hands have rod pockets for removable arm rods to operate.

    I was going for the more classic late 70's early 80's early Muppet movies look - that was the Kermit I grew up with.

    Brought him out for the second day of StarFest '15 in Denver - with me as 70's Jim Henson (complete with beaded mic headband) - more pics of that later.

    All in all, I'm very satisfied with the build, so I wanted to share the results.

    The first three pics are on a temp display stand:
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    His head always looks better on the hand, as it's all hand to give him the shape, so here he is "on hand":
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    I'll post more "in-process" pics soon.
     
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  2. Snow Builder

    Snow Builder Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Came out beautifully -really nice work.
     
  3. Apollo

    Apollo Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Beautiful Bro, can't wait to see the pics of you as Henson! :thumbsup
     
  4. Radigast

    Radigast Member

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    The skills and talents of the members who post here never stop amazing me....
    Kermit came out fantastic!
     
  5. Arwyniel

    Arwyniel Well-Known Member

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    Well done, he looks amazing!
     
  6. LTsmash1200

    LTsmash1200 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    He looks AMAZING!
     
  7. Wes R

    Wes R Legendary Member

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    Amazing, Henson himself would be impressed.
     
  8. ecl

    ecl Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Spectacular!
     
  9. sctcarts

    sctcarts Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks! I've enjoyed the process. Going to be making 3 more of him. Then it's onto some other projects.

    We didn't get many pics on the con floor, but here's some of the whole costume before we went.

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    Replicated Henson's operator's headband and mic, scratch built right down to hand beading the headband.
     
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  10. Apollo

    Apollo Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Man you even nailed the headband!!

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  11. Prefect42

    Prefect42 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    This thread gets better and better. You really captured Kermit perfectly.

    -ted.
     
  12. Gladney

    Gladney Active Member

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    You did a beautiful job !! I agree with an earlier post,I think Jim Henson would be delighted with your work !!

    Regards,
    Gary
     
  13. flimzy

    flimzy Well-Known Member

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    wonderful
     
  14. davidnagel

    davidnagel Well-Known Member

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    Ooh splendid. Nice muppet, captures the original perfectly.

    Nice touch with the detailed headband for Henson.
     
  15. LTsmash1200

    LTsmash1200 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    That's REALLY cool. I've always loved Kermit and your accessories are great.
     
  16. ultraman

    ultraman Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    2000+ cool points for the headband...thats dead on!:cool
     
  17. Rylo

    Rylo Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Very nicely done!

    -Rylo
     
  18. jedi007

    jedi007 New Member

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    that's amazing
     
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  20. sctcarts

    sctcarts Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Here's some better shots of the headband.

    I created the pattern in Photoshop, then put it through a beading design program to give me the beading template. The loom beading took about 6-7 hours. I scratch built the leather band of the headset with velcro in the back for sizing, backed the beaded strip onto canvas then cemented and stitched it onto the leather, and I cobbled together the boom arm from a vintage operators headset, a gooseneck lamp, and some odds and ends hardware. The headstrap is from an old set of broken headphones.

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    I'm planning on a having 1 or 2 Kermits available for sale the in the Junkyard very soon, before I put this project to bed.
     
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  21. davidnagel

    davidnagel Well-Known Member

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    Wow. Nice work and clever way to do the headband.
     
  22. Mr.Spider

    Mr.Spider Well-Known Member

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    I kinda want to make one of those headbands, that is seriously an awesome muppet " prop"
     
  23. sctcarts

    sctcarts Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I created the pattern in photoshop, then used an online beading template program to break it down into a beading pattern. You can build a loom easy enough with some 1x4, a few screws, 2 hooks, and 2 combs. The rest is just beads and thread (and time).
     
  24. Sym-Cha

    Sym-Cha Master Member

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    Now that's Kermit without any doubt ... well done :)

    Chaim
     
  25. skintaster

    skintaster New Member

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    Amazing work! You should try to get a job building muppets since they're supposed to be making a new Muppet show soon. :)
     
  26. RogueTrooper

    RogueTrooper Well-Known Member

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    Absolutely friggin' awesome!.....Excellent craftmanship!.....I loved Kermit and SS growing up....rainbow connection....love it....Well done Sir;)
     
  27. ZeroNos

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    If you end up selling any of these, please let me know!
     

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