Bela Lugosi Dracula Finger Puppet

Nosferatu turned out so well I decided he needed to make a few friends. So, carrying on from a linear perspective, Bela Lugosi’s Dracula (premiering in 1931, nine years after Murnau’s masterpiece) was the next logical choice.

One square black felt
One square white felt
One square antique white felt
White embroidery floss
Black embroidery floss
Tapestry needle

— Photo courtesy of Classic Horror Campaign

I wasn’t allowed to watch the original Dracula until I was nine years old. Which is damned funny in retrospect, since I was allowed to sit up and watch Dark Shadows: The Resurrection on school nights with my dad. I guess he thought Ben Cross was less scary than this guy (and, he’s sort of right).

Like with Count Orlok, I was able to cut out the approximate shapes for Dracula’s head, body and clothes by measuring according to the size of the Altoid tin and the size of my fingers. Because Drac’s clothes were a little more detailed than Orlok’s (white tie, shirt, slight flare at the back to create the collar of the cape), this puppet ended up being a little larger with more layers.

Instead of cutting out two pieces for the body, I cut out three — two black, one white, to create the shirt and cape effect. The stitches along the side and the bottom where used to secure the white shirt piece to the vest piece while simultaneously securing all three pieces together to create the puppet’s body.

I used antique white to create the head (a relatively simple shape to create without a stencil) and black embroidery floss to mimic the drawn eyebrows and dark eyes of Bela Lugosi’s character. Because we never see fangs in the original film, I opted to not include fangs (or a mouth) at all.

Once the head was created, I used a square of black felt to create and secure the wig. Like the Commander Data doll I made two months ago, this wig was created to mimic the effect of the actor’s hair style — which, like Data, is slicked back from his face. I don’t think I was quite successful in recreating this effect, or at least nowhere near as successful as I wanted to be. Oh well, lesson learned for next time.

Alls well that ends well — I’m giving the body of the puppet a ten and the head about a four. What do you guys think?

~ by blackmoodcraft on October 29, 2012.

One Response to “Bela Lugosi Dracula Finger Puppet”

  1. So awesome!

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