Today I did a lecture on "medium hard puppet making".
"Easy puppet making" is taking a bit of epoxy and mixing it with armature wire.
"Medium hard puppet making" is still pretty easy (with practice), doesn't require any power tools, and gives you quite nice results.
"Hard"- cutting your own aluminum armatures (need a few power tools, and quite a bit of precision)
"Silly Hard"- making stainless steel ball-and-socket armatures (good ones). Why bother unless you're planning to be a pro puppet maker? Or are just really into metal work. If you need a ball and socket armature, buy it.
Anyway, here's a few pics of a semi-finished puppet:
And here's two images of the how-to: drawing him to scale, then on another piece of paper "light box" him around his edges, and then use that to draw in your armature of wire and epoxy, and make that armature (always working to scale)...