ben gabel & melissa pettitt

We are not just prop / model makers; we like acting  too – we have both been involved in amateur theater for many years,  performing in  productions locally as well as Tenby & Brighton, and also having been on directing, devising, improv , clowning, and puppetry workshops.

It’s useful to know from an actors point of view that the props need to be easy to use as well as looking right. And our acting experience means we are really happy taking part in performances as well as producing objects for them.


Melissa is our costume designer, but I like to join in as well sometimes. I had an idea to make a ceremonial coat with a large ruff collar, and  desgned this using corsetry boning to keep the collar upright.

The base coat I made from  a commercial pattern,  then designed and fabricated the collar to fit.

Necromancer jacket

I made this from a commercial template  as an excercise in fabric pattern matching. Hidden magnets hold the lapels in place while allowing movement.

Constructed on a hand-cranked Singer made in 1917