Sunday, November 25, 2012

Christmas deals

I have listed several figures on ebay for sale. My conversion figures are the lowest priced on the internet. I make the prices low because I want everyone to be able to afford my figures.
  I started making these figures as a hobby. I enjoyed it so much, I wanted to share them with everyone interested in ventriloquism. If you would like something made for you, I also do custom figures. Full size as well as conversion. You can reach me at

Sunday, November 18, 2012


I have been working on many new figures through out this summer. One of my favorite is this full size Slappy. here are some pictures of him. He is a one of a kind, hand sculpted from apoxie sculpt and  feather sculpt, a light weight apoxie. He is on his way overseas to his new home for Christmas.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

finished Mortimer and Gnome

I haven't been able to post on my blog because it kept telling me i didn't have an account! Well, I finally had the time to call them and find out what happened and they retrieved it. So here are the belated pictures of the finished Mortimer and Gnorman the Gnome

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Mortimer goes to Russia

I received an order from Igor in Russia, He told me he wants to become a ventriloquist and wanted me to build a full size Mortimer character for him with blinkers, crossing eyes, raising and lowering eyebrows and moving mouth. I promised I would put him on my blog as I worked on him. I am using the spring connected to the eyeball method for the side to side as well as the crossing eyes. The rod and tube for the raising and lowering eyebrows and the standard leather blinker mechanics. Here he is so far.

  I also had a whim after seeing the travelocity Gnome commercial so many times to go ahead and make one. Here is a picture of him as well.He is a 24 inch standing figure, I will post pictures of him as well when he is finished.
 I have been blessed with work this summer and am greatful to  all my customers for choosing me to make your figures. I know the economy is bad and i am keeping my prices lower to make them affordable without breaking the bank. I hope everyone has had a great start to summer. Careful of the heat!  As always, if anyone has any questions about figure making or ventriloquism, feel free to email me at I answer any and all questions.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Blaine and his friend Sullivan

Blaines friend Sullivan arrived for his birthday. According to his Mom he travels everywhere with Sullivan and is already putting on performances! Watch out Jeff Dunham!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

finishing Slappy

In the top phot0 we added his eyes and eyebrows and springs for mouth.The highlights are added to his face with acrylic paint.

His head is mounted to a headstick and the neck and eyebrows are then formed with magicsculpt.

The photo above shows the mechanics on the inside of the head. After they are finished, the back of the head is closed and the hair is sculpted with paperclay.

After the paper clay drys it is painted with several coats of acrylic paint and sealed with triple gloss and then a flat sealer. Slappy's head is finished and we add him to a wooden body with stuffed arms and legs. The whole process of making a body is done in an earlier blog "building Bob"

He is dressed in his classic Tuxedo and is ready to make someone happy.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

making Slappy

youtube was good enough to feature my Slappy video and I have gotten numerous requests for him and how to make him so I will show you the steps of making Slappy.

This Slappy is a conversion figure. I start with a CM head and resculpt it with magic sculpt. After it dries I have alot of sanding to do to soften the features.

The next step is multiple coats of fleshtone paint. This takes acouple of days because you have to wait for the paint to cure before you put the next coat on. I then blend colors and highlights to bring out his features. I then put five coats of sealer on his face.

finishing the jaw

I gave him some teeth and a tongue and built up the bottom of his jaw so it swings back and forth with no gaps underneath. The jaw is now mounted inside the head.

Monday, March 12, 2012

preparing the jaw

After cutting out the jaw, I build up the sides and bottome with magic sculpt. After it dries, I belt sand it until I get a good fit in the head. I then cut a piece of wood for the top of the mouth where i will sculpt his teeth and tongue and hold it in place with magic sculpt/ As you can see by all the holes i drilled in the side of the jaw, There is no science to finding the right pivot for the jaw. Sometimes you have to put the bar through the jaw several times before you get the right spot for the jaw to pivot properly.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Half done?

Over the years I have aquired many half heads. Some are just that. The face and no back. When Finis' shop was sold to Charlie Horner, ventriloquist and figure maker, He sold alot of the unfinished work that was left in the shop. I aquired about fifteen of them. They are made from wood dough. Other figure makers made half heads or faces for practicing a certain style or for practice painting. They then sold them on ebay as such. I have aquired a few of them as well.

The one I am working on right now was done by Mike Palma who is an accomplished figure maker and ventriloquist as well as a magician. His work is highly sought after. I borrowed the picture of the half head from Mike Palmas site as I didn't take a picture of the face before i started working on it. Mike has a very interesting and informative blog. Ypu can read it at

The first thing I did was create the rest of the head using balled up tinfoil and paper. I covered that with a layer of saran wrap and used a light weight polymer to created the rest of the head. I cut out the eyes and the mouth in order to animate them. Here is where I am so far.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Happy New Year

2011 was a pretty tough year for us healthwise. My wife is having bi weekly dialysis and I almost lost an eye. I had a piece of wire enter my eye and it was actually sticking out. I went to the emergency room and they told me it must have fallen out. They gave me some drops and sent me on my way. Two days later I was at the Wills eye institute in Phila. having emergency surgery. I lost my eye sight for about a month. It happened on Nov. 29 and I am just now able to see out of it. Had I waited another day, the opthamologist told me I would have lost the eye.

I started working again in my shop this past week and finished up alot of figures I had in the works. I have finished an Elvis Presley full size figure and an old man.

I used Buzz's cast body for Elvis and it looks great. Kudos to Braylu creations. Buzz is a very creative artist. I enjoy working with him and recommend his products to any one that is interested in figure making.

Here are the pictures of Elvis and the old man as well as a full size Black figure I made and sold on ebay before the hulidays. I will be doing some different things this year. My NYR is to blog alot more. Happy New year to all.