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01 Jun 2009 - 17:4415275
Making a snake with an open mouth
I couldn't think of a better title, sorry
Anyway, I'm in the process of trying to sew the flat body of a snake and style it with wire, but the guides I have found so far only explain how to make a snake with a flat head. What I need is a snake that has it's mouth open, as in the picture below.



I've hit a wall how to do this. Should you sew the flat snake head then add another piece of fabric for the lower jaw? I originally cut the snake head out from a sideways view so it's head is sort of shaped like Pacman, but when I sewed it then turned it inside out the shape became deformed.
Any advice appreciated, because I'm totally stuck!


01 Jun 2009 - 19:1415278
Treat it as a 3D shape, not treating it like a 2D one which is where the pacman idea came from. Your best bet is to make it with the original snake head pattern and not sew it where the mouth will go. Open it up and you'll see it will be like an open mouth. Then you put in a red gusset for where the inside of the mouth will be.

-Tab


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02 Jun 2009 - 10:5215304
OK, so do you mean the pattern should be drawn as if you are looking down at a snake that's been runover i.e. draw a simple pattern and a bulgier end for the head?


02 Jun 2009 - 12:2615307
Yep, then just sew in the mouth later.

Like this:

__/^^^^^^^^^^^\
__................}
....\________/

x2 (I am the snakes head from above.

./^^^^^^^\
{............}
.\______/

x1 and then fold in half vertically to make mouth. The } brackets will line up with the } brackets on the top diagram.

(Ignore the dots, they're the only way to space it out properly. Man this is hard, CI uses two different fonts for writing and the final post so I can't do my dotty mumbojumbo)


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