So I'm making this puppet of a large woman who snores rather loudly. I pieced together a somewhat (to say the least) crude little breathing mechanism for her armature, which will raise her tummy up and down. (It's not quite done yet, but see the attached.)

What I'd like to ask everyone is, what is the best way of covering this part of the puppet? She's going to be built up with foam rubber, and usually I use thin wrist wrap and then sculpt bigger chunks of foam to stick on that. But this part of her needs to stretch quite a bit more than usual, I should think. So should I do something different on her tummy? Should it be reinforced in some fashion?

She will be wearing a dress, so I don't need to worry about covering the foam with latex. 

Any thoughts? Thanks.

tummy test from daniel molitor on Vimeo.

EDIT: Video doesn't seem to be imbedding for some reason. Click the "tummy test" link to go to Vimeo.

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I would use a sheet of 1/4" urethane foam if I had some.  You already have what looks like an oval chest plate to spread the pressure so it doesn't make a small point (like a chest burster is about to happen) so it's looking good!  So, a little foam over that, with no latex to stiffen it, should stretch out and spring back as she breathes.

The only breathing mech I ever made was in a foam latex gorilla puppet, and there was some urethane foam over the chest before I cast the foam latex.

Thanks, Nick. I guess I'm more concerned about the sides, where the foam or whatever will have to stretch quite a bit as the stomach expands. I have to keep the cavity behind the metal plate clear in order for the mechanism to work. I was thinking about using bits of a nylon stocking wrapped around the whole thing, but I'm not sure how well that will hold up.

Hmmm...having a chest burster come out of an old lady on a bus....hmmmm...  :)

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