I thought that’s a hard process,” says Gee. While many puppet makers have gone the “hands on” route and had their hand puppets do all the gagging, she’s seen other people use an external mouth, like a tongue sticking out the back of the puppet’s mouth or a doll’s lips. “I’ve seen people doing it the traditional ways of putting lips on the face.”
I have been told that a simple plastic tube inserted into the mouth’s cheeks can be used for gagging. It works well, but you have to be careful not to press your nose down in order not to make your puppet gag when you do it. I found it hard to do this with the tube because I just kept pressing the tube up and down. There are still quite a few people trying this method.
Here’s the original “Sock Puppet Mouth from The Simpsons
The best part of making a sock puppet mouth is the mouth itself. “Making your own will teach you how to do that,” Gee says of making a sock puppet. “There’s something to be said for the artistry of it. But once you’ve been making it for a while you could be using something as simple as a toothpick or straw instead of a big tube.”
For more sock puppet tricks, head over to The Kitchn.
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