Here is an unfinished form, paper mache on armature. A lot of the puppet pieces I do start out looking a bit like this. I'll be sending this one to my friend Pam in Redondo Beach. Pam does amazing things with beads. I thought she might like to make an amazing bead costume. She said she thinks she'd like that too. I told her to go 'hog wild' and do whatever she wanted. She'll send it back, and based on what she's done, I'll paint and sculpt hands (and most likely things in them) and we will have a full-blown collaboration.
I'll take photos of the stages and post them here so you can see the results. It will be fun, I think.