It was, as usual around here, a lengthy slow awkward process of attaching the fabric skin and wrapping/anchoring it close to the cast until it dried well. At that point repairs to the puppet were made, including a very lame "pooh bear" fix on her right shoulder joint. I couldn't get that one pivot joint to stay together there so I jammed in about 6 lengths of twisted Almaloy to give her some motion holding. The rest I'll fake. When patched back together, I painted the fabric in hopes that would be the final surface. It wasn't, another layer of sheer washi lamenated with more Fray Stop on top of the fabric was.
Even so, the fabric layer seems to allow the paper layer to flex without tearing during use. Kind of like collagen I guess. So, back to the painstaking labor intensive operation of using washi to smooth over the fabric flaws.
lower left shows the finished fabric layer, as good as I could get it, being embellished with Stop Fraying and Quick Grab glue to build up knuckle and cuticle shapes. Vellum paper nails were added. Lower right shows how rough the two materials looked after a coating of acrylic paint.
Ready for paint, for color details only, and next post... the furry bottom....