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Picture of Mexican Thumb Wrestler Puppets and Arena
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LET'S GET READY TO THUMBLE!!!!

Get out your supplies, stretch your thumbs, name your characters, set up brackets and start wrestlin'!!!  It's nothin' but FUN!

Seriously, who doesn't love a good thumb wrestling match?! And with thumb wrestler puppets?!

In case you forgot the chant it goes something like this.....One, Two, Three, Four, I declare a thumb war!!!!

I have always liked the designs of lucha libra masks with their metallic colors and patterns. I used them as my inspiration for my character masks. Metallic thread gave them a similar look and feel - only thumb sized - and they are all wrestlers so it just made sense!
 
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Step 1: Thumb Wrestler Design and Supplies

Picture of Thumb Wrestler Design and Supplies
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Thumb wrestling is a fun game that anyone can play and having a character mask makes it even more enjoyable.

I have seen many masks that cover the tip of your thumb but ultimately they just fall off when you try to pull your thumb away from the opponent. I designed my character masks longer and with elastic so they do not come off during a thumb war.

You will need the following supplies:
-colored felt of your choice
-metallic embroidery floss - if you don't have much experience with embroidery I would suggest regular floss. Metallic floss unravels easily and is much stiffer than normal floss.
-needle
-scissors
-1/4 inch elastic
-character mask drawings - sized according to your thumb
ZoubairC4 months ago

AWESOME!!!!!!!!!

Cute
These look very good, I am definitely going to try these some time!
I can't believe I had missed this before. They're so intricate. :D I love them!
wold630 (author)  jessyratfink2 years ago
Thank you. You would be great at making these since your embroidery is so awesome!
Nice!!!!!!
wold630 (author)  guffe jensen2 years ago
Thank you!
Tigermouse2 years ago
These are great! Very funny.
How about a crocheted version? (Since I don't have the patience for embroidery :D)
wold630 (author)  Tigermouse2 years ago
Thank you! I don't crochet that well but I think it would be difficult to get detail that small. Please post pictures if you make some though. I would love to see a crocheted version!
Challenge accepted!
wold630 (author)  Tigermouse2 years ago
Yay! I can't wait to see them!!
tpobrienjr2 years ago
A clever idea, well done.
wold630 (author)  tpobrienjr2 years ago
Thank you!
Phiske2 years ago
¡Qué chévere! Y ¿dónde está Nacho de Nacho Libre?
Pretty neat idea. I think my thumbs would sweat. Excellent pics.
wold630 (author)  Phiske2 years ago
Thank you, however, I don't speak Spanish so I don't know what you said first!
Phiske wold6302 years ago
Sorry..Just trying to be funny. Hehe. I said "Cool! Where's Nacho from the movie Nacho Libre?"
misko132 years ago
I've seen other homemade thumb wrestling "apparel" but this is THE COOLEST EVER!
wold630 (author)  misko132 years ago
They will certainly be the coolest and tightest fitting apparel (for your thumbs) you have ever tried on!
Kiteman2 years ago
*applause*
wold630 (author)  Kiteman2 years ago
Thanks!
AlainaCharb2 years ago
Such a cool idea!
wold630 (author)  AlainaCharb2 years ago
Hey, thanks!
dummy19772 years ago
I knew I clicked 'follow' the other day for a reason.
wold630 (author)  dummy19772 years ago
Thank you for following!
This is just beautiful! I should have known you would have something awesome up your sleeve for Puppets! I just can't ever get over how professionally done this looks :D
wold630 (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
Thank you so much. I'm glad you think they look professional for all the time I put into them! They were worth it though - we have had thumb wars each day since I finished them!!
doodlecraft2 years ago
Wow, you never cease to amaze! :)
wold630 (author)  doodlecraft2 years ago
Thank you. That's very nice of you!
flyingpuppy2 years ago
Too stinkin' clever and funny!
wold630 (author)  flyingpuppy2 years ago
Thank you! They were fun to make and are even more fun to wrestle with. We can't help but smile when those little masks are at war!