Pablo the Puppet plays the piano

Pablo is a custom puppet by Picture to Puppet with moveable eyebrows and blinking eyes and moveable hands. Recently I’ve been making a lot of puppets with blink mechanisms and moving eyebrows. Here he is playing the piano (with a little bit of help from his friends!)

 

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At Leith Toy Hospital in Edinburgh, we offer the latest advancements in puppet medicine!

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Does your child have a favourite cuddly toy who’s just been loved and cuddled that bit too much? A teddy full of holes, a bear with missing limbs, or someone who’s just lost their smile?

Don’t panic! Here at Picture to Puppet I’ve seen worse! I can give them a careful operation (under anaesthetic of course), and make sure that they come back to you healthy and strong enough to withstand many more years of love and hugs.

I make toys all day every day, so have a very thorough understanding of how they are made. I know how favourite cuddlies are the centre of a child’s world, and how upsetting it can be when they become damaged. I know how important it is that retain the same character and expression, so will make absolutely sure that this is preserved.

Here are some things I can do:

  • Patching – from £15
  • Limb replacement (matching fabrics as closely as possible) – From £25
  • Darning – from £15
  • Re-embroidering facial features – from £20
  • Replacing safety eyes/ noses – from £15
  • Restuffing – from £15

Or, in the most drastic of cases:

  • “New skin!” Well, snakes do it, so why not teddies? I can make a new skin in a very similar fabric to exactly the same size and shape as your teddy, and put the original teddy inside the new skin (including the soul, of course.) It’s the same teddy, but with a complete makeover. – from £50

I’ll chat with you before I do anything to make sure you’re getting a repair that you’re happy with. I’ll even send your toy back with a doctor’s note stating how long the teddy will need off work to recover fully and what exercises they need to do.

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Get in touch if you have a friend who needs some TLC!

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Or visit 64 Constitution Street, Leith, Edinburgh

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Pablo the Custom Puppet plays Cheburaska

Pablo is a custom puppet by Picture to Puppet with moveable eyebrows and blinking eyes and moveable hands. Recently I’ve been making a lot of puppets with blink mechanisms and moving eyebrows. Here he is showing off his ace accordion skills!

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Danny the Custom Puppet goes to work

I made this custom puppet to order for Learn Play Grow, a company that helps young children to get fit and active.

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Now he is working hard at Learn Play Grow, and it is wonderful to see him having such a good time! He says he is really fit now from all the running around and playing, and he has made so many friends with the children he works with. In fact he’s been doing so well that Learn Play Grow ordered some brothers for him as well!

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Willie the Wolf meets his Dad

Willie the Wolf is a custom puppet that blinks and had moving eyebrows.

I don’t usually get attached to my puppets, as I keep it firmly in my mind that it’s just a job. But every now and then one comes along that I fail to remain aloof with, and Willie the wolf was one of them. Perhaps it is to do with him being such a great hugger, or how disconcertingly alive he looks when he blinks at you – or perhaps just that his blink mechanism took me a whole long, frustrating week to figure out. The upshot is that it was really a wrench to put Willie in his box and send him off to the states – we had a slightly traumatic parting with a long draw-out good bye and I had to make there were some air holes in the box so he could breathe and a marmalade sandwich for the voyage. Just managed to stop short of a note around his neck saying “please look after this wolf.”

So it was a relief to find that he arrived with his new Dad Chris and to see them both looking SO happy to meet each other! He is in good hands 🙂

When Chris’s new book comes out, both Willie and Chris are going to be famous!

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Artwork by Vladimir Cebu. Images courtesy of Chis Mason

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More Custom Cuddly Toys

Toni Toys

At Picture to Puppet I make cuddly toys and puppets based on children’s drawings, grown-ups’ drawings, photos and descriptions. I made these custom cuddly toys for Toni Pilling, a product designer who has used them in her new board game. You can read about her work on her blog https://tonipillingproductdesign.blog/

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Custom Puppets – School Superheroes

I made these bespoke puppets to order for a Primary school in London. They embody the school’s values – Inclusive Izeyah, Achieving Aisha, Enquiring Ebony, Proud Pinar, Respectful Roderick and Self-Aware Samuel. Look how excited they are to start school!

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Micha the Monkey goes to Work

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I made this custom hand puppet to order for Carrickfergus museum. This furry monkey is a Barbary ape which was commissioned to do workshops with young children.

Now she has started her job and sends us post cards from time to time telling us she is having a great time with the children at the museum and loves helping them learn.

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