How to Create Look-Alike Puppets
How to Create Look-Alike Puppets Course

How to Create Look-Alike Puppets

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What you will learn in this puppet making course:


Day 1:

  • Understanding caricature and capturing a likeness.
  • Recognizing the shapes in an individual’s face
  • Building a foam rubber head.

Day 2:

  • Adding facial features
  • Covering with fabric
  • Adding additional facial features

Day 3:

  • Creating a realistic nose
  • Adding hair
  • Finishing Touches


  • BONUS CLASS: How to use fake fur as hair
  • BONUS CLASS: How to create different head shapes from one pattern
  • Bonus item: Materials list
  • Bonus item: Patterns
Barry Gordemer Puppet Maker

Puppet made in class


About the course

Creating Look-Alike Puppets Learn to make puppets that look like people you know. You’ll learn techniques for identifying and creating the shapes make up an individual’s facial features. Then you’ll learn how to reproduce those shapes three dimensionally in foam rubber and fabric. Understand the differences between a likeness and a caricature. You’ll also learn how to create unforgettable faces that burst with expression and life.

Open Facebook Group to students of this course:
Curious Mondo: How to Create Look-Alike Puppets

Time table:
9 hours

Basic / Intermediate / Advanced

Target market:
Puppet makers, puppeteers, ventriloquists, doll artists

Main objective:
Learn to build a professional, camera-ready lool-alike puppet for TV, film, and theater.


Barry Gordemer

About the instructor

Barry Gordemer

Barry Gordemer is an award-winning puppet maker and performer. He's been designing, building & bringing characters to life for film, video and ventriloquism for more than 30 years.

His puppets have been seen on NBC, the Discovery Channel’s Animal Planet network, TV commercials and educational videos. In 2000, Barry performed on the album "Dreamosauraus." It received a Grammy nomination for "Best Musical Album for Kids.”

In his spare time, Barry is a veteran writer, producer and editor for NPR's award-winning news magazine, “Morning Edition.”

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