As promised, a couple of pictures of the sock puppets and "severed head pie" from a production of "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged" that I made. They're pretty basic,but considering the time they were actually on stage, simple proved to be affective.
Left to right: the ghost of Hamlet's father, Severed Head Pie, and Hamlet's Father and Mother. Very life-like, wouldn't you say?
The wigs for the puppets were crocheted out of eyelash yarn (and what a PIA is THAT stuff to work with!), and crocheted crowns with small "gems" sewn on. The pie was made out of papier mache and a styrofoam head. I'm not sure how "realistic" it all looks, but again, for the time they spent onstage, it all worked.
Hamlet's Uncle was portrayed as a shark in the play-within-the-play, which also had to be a puppet. I found a stuffed shark toy, cut a slit in it's belly for a place for the hand, and then used a piece of foam rubber for filling. Then I had to construct a costume to match the costume worn by the actor who was playing Hamlet's uncle. We matched the fabric and trim (also complete with crocheted crown):
So there you are. A little crafting creativity for the theatre. Sometimes I really think I need to get out more...
Have a great weekend!