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Topic: A Little Different Head-In-Box
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Jul 21, 2013 11:11PM)
As we all know, one of ventriloquism's biggest heydays took place here;
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Jul 21, 2013 11:11PM)
So it put the idea in my head, what would be a really appropriate head-in-a-box figure, and I came up with this;
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Jul 21, 2013 11:12PM)
As most will be able to tell, I just used a Charlie vent doll head. I didn't want to go to the time and trouble to carve a head, it was supposed to be a quick novelty project. Plus, for this idea, I wanted the head to look like Charlie since the idea came from ventriloquism's heyday.
Turned out to not be as quick and simple as I would have liked, even with using a head already made, but that's normal.
For starters, I didn't have the monocle so I had to fill in the little creases for that and then repaint the head because of those two little spots. I was very careful around the mouth and eyes so I wouldn't have to repaint those too.
And I replaced the rubber band in the head with a spring.
Of course, I didn't make the "box", it's a vintage style replica I picked up fairly cheap and gutted for this project. On one side it had a cassette player too, so I had to fill in that opening with wood.
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Jul 21, 2013 11:12PM)
I put his hat on him, but it just sits on his head so I can take it off too.
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Jul 21, 2013 11:13PM)
And on the back is the ring to pull the string to work the mouth.
Message: Posted by: Aussie (Jul 22, 2013 12:59AM)
That is fantastic! I love that you even used a traditional looking radio to add to that nostalgic look.

Very clever indeed.
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Jul 22, 2013 07:06AM)
Thank you. Yes, to me, it had to be a vintage looking radio for it to be "right", which actually made it more difficult. I saw many others that would have been much easier to separate the front for the door, but they didn't have the right look.
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Jul 22, 2013 07:12PM)
This is so cool! GREAT WORK!!! :bigsmile:
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Jul 22, 2013 07:42PM)
Thank you!
Message: Posted by: Bob Baker (Jul 23, 2013 04:43PM)
I really like that. Very creative. And you're handy, too!

Bob
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Jul 23, 2013 07:15PM)
Thank you Bob!
Message: Posted by: KeithS (Jul 23, 2013 07:20PM)
Cool idea, Dave!
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Jul 23, 2013 07:31PM)
Thank you Keith!
Message: Posted by: manal (Jul 25, 2013 09:51PM)
Great concept and the craftsmanship is very professional!
Message: Posted by: Dickens & Dave (Jul 25, 2013 10:56PM)
Thank you Jim, although I am pleased with the concept, I won't claim any great craftsmanship - if I had carved a head to go in there I would take that claim, but like I said, it was supposed to be a quick simple project.