And now all my secrets are revealed in the process on how I build my puppets. Most stop motion puppets use what’s called a ball and socket armature since it’s more durable but seeing as I lacked time, energy and skill and in knowing that my film won’t be very long I just went with an aluminum wire armature.
You’ll notice my lady dancer’s armature is built with a lot of thinner wire all wrapped up two or three times… makes it more pliable while staying more durable than if you used a single thicker wire. Fun facts.
Anyways sorry for all the crafty wips lately. I’ve got a few drawings I’m going to be posting up this weekend. One of them’s an objecthead lady for a tshirt design~
Tools: oven mitts, disposable brushes, spatula, timer, turkey bags and flour, scale, egg beater, foam latex mix.
1- grease up the mold with mold release, apply to the area where your foam character will be, let it dry for 30-45 minutes.
2- Bush off the excess mold release (its that white nonsense on my mold in the images above, sorry I didn’t take pictures of what the actual stuff looked like unfortunately!)
*3- prepare your puppet’s armature if need be/seal off an position it in the mold.
4- get the egg beater, a bowl, a timer, your disposable brushes and your spatula. In the bowl pour: raw latex (150g), foaming agent (30g) and curing agent (15g)… they will all be beige in colour.
5- MIX! > slow speed: 30 seconds, high speed: 14 minutes, slow speed: 7 minutes. It should look/have the consistency of whipped cream.
6- Add the gelling agent (grey liquid), mix for 45 seconds, slow speed. ‘Backbowl’ it (if you were spinning clockwise spin counterclockwise).
7- Pour the foam in the mold (you only have two minutes so gogogo! Brush it into the mold with one of the disposable brushes to get rid of the air bubbles.
*8- If required adjust and position armature.
9- Close the mold and if you like, tie it up with a really strong wire to keep the two pieces together
10- Wait for the foam latex to gel, poke whatever squirted out of the mold to see if its springy.
11- Put the mold in a turkey/oven bag with some flour to absorb the moisture, place on aluminum pan/container.
12- Goes in the oven at 200 degrees farenheight for 3 hours (or more) it shouldn’t overcook.
13- Take it outdoors once it’s been cooked and remove the mold, open the mold and release your character/whatever it was that you decided to mold.
14- Clean up the foam latex bugger, cut it out of the pancake, seal the parting line etc.
* Most people use this technique on their characters in stop-motion hence the mention of the armature. I didn’t because alas I was afraid my results wouldnt wield too well. And I was right to assume so.
Mine turned out rather terrible to be honest because of a few things which included the fact that I didn’t clean up my mold properly and since it still had vaseline it cause air bubbles to destroy my final product. Likewise I didn’t brush it into my mold as well as I ought to have. The more you know kids!
Also the measurements up there are good for at least one character there was a whole lot when I was done with it.
Alrighty, this is mostly in a mental note for myself in case I ever need to repeat this mold-making process and want to remember how the hell I did it.
Tools: Ultracal 30 (or other mold-making shananigans/plaster etc), vaseline, bowl for mixing, wall making materials, wet clay, plasticine (the thing youre making the mold from)
1- Sculpt character out of plasticine (or use whatever you’re going to create your mold from, in my case it was the glass chess pieces).
2- Lay character down on it’s back.
3- Create a parting wall (where your mold is going to split in half, for this I kind of cheated and just pressed the chess pieces into the clay).
4- Build retaining walls using cardboard, planks of wood or clay (remember if using wood or cardboard, you need to seal off the corners so that the molding substance doesn’t leak out).
5- Registration keys imprint. (Note: press in not stick out it’s much easier that way).
6- Mix Ultracal 30 (4 cups of U30 to 1.5 cups of water. Put water first then sprinkle the U30 into the bowl with the water, use gloves to start mixing/working all the clumps out).
OR: Mix the substance you’re using to make your mold.
7- Pour the U30 (or etc) into the small enclosure with your pieces. to be molded. Note: do not pour directly on character if not i could cause air bubbles. pour it in a corner then spread it out with a spatula.
8- Do something else for a few hours so that it dries. (Recommend do it before bed so that by morning it will be ready to handle!)
9- Undo the box you had your mold in (or take down the clay parting walls or pop it out of the bowl you worked it in). I had a real hard time with the bowl I was using, maybe something with no dip would have worked better.
10- Remove the clay surrounding your character (that parting wall dealie. DO NOT remove the character from the mold.
11- Retouch your culture if it was made out of clay, and/or clean up the mold.
12- Grease this half of the mold with vaseline so that it wont stick together.
13- Rebuild walls, place in bowl etc. Don’t forget to seal the corners again.
14- Mix next batch of your mold-making shenanigans and pour.
15- Take another long break and then pull it on out, open it up, remove the pieces and viola. You’re done. You now have a two-piece mold.
Special notes: the keys I made poking out sucked mostly because when I tried to open the mold at the end I had to chisel it open. Two of my keys broke which isn’t the end of the world since my mold’s surface is so bumpy its kind of a key in itself.
Also not sure why but I also had to break my glass chess pieces out of the mold so if this is your first shot don’t use something precious that you love and cherish. Especially something with a lot of undercuts (I believe that may have been the issue).
Also also make sure the mold you are making will serve the right purpose. I made a mold out of plaster created to manually resculpt two halves of masks out of clay that would later be cooked in a kiln, plaster worked fine since the plaster wasn’t going to be cooked, this one however is Ultracal 30 because I was using it to create foam latex pieces which required cooking.
Overall it turned out pretty well though. The Foam Latex however is another story.
And the miss~ Whose skirt was a lot easier than I thought it would be. This is about the extent of my craftiness and sewing abilities but enjoy!
Also enjoy that ridiculous arrangement of books yeesh.
She’s my dancer to accompany my cellist. I’m still undecided if I want to add anything to her feet as shoes though I’m not sure how to tackle the feat (feet get it?).
The Mister PaperBag. He’s my cellist for my small leap into stop-motion puppet animation. I still have his cello/the whole damn set to build for a short 1-2 minute film yeesh. This stop motion ordeal is actually quite a bit of work.
I also will probably post some process stuff if you guys are interested.
But for now enjoy this guy~
I figured I would pop in here for a little update, sorry for a lot of the stuff that isn’t probably the art y’all are looking for but eh so it goes when you’re working hard at things yeah?
I should be finishing my puppets for my short animated stop motion due at the end of this year. Hard at work on my webcomic which oughta be ready for viewing in September once I’ve got enough buffer to go.
Gonna be working on portfolios and soon introducing you guys to some god-fellows that have been germinating in my head since I started learning about Greek and other Mediterranean Myths.
So to all my new followers hello hello don’t be shy if you have any questions~ To everyone who’s stuck around thanks a whole lot for doing so I rEALLY appreciate it and hope you stick around long enough to see some of the good stuff I’m working on.
Once upon a time I did a bit of sculpture… and you’ll soon notice that the sculpture I did was always very raw.
So it’ll come as no surprise when I show off my stop motion puppets and they are really… yep.
Fun facts nobody in the class for critique knew what was inside that box and well most were too chicken to try putting their hands inside because they thought I put shit in it that would hurt them… Here’s what that looks like inside however. Pretty harmless I’d say.
And the last duo of my working webcomic to be released in the fall 8I;;; a little bit intimidating but IM DO IT.
The last two are lineups of the main cast and a few randoms involved in Hattie’s arc.
First chunk of character design sketches. Potential webcomic stuff to come to you lovely folks by next fall 8>
I’m hoping to have the first two arcs done before I start posting since i seem to be pretty slow at comics for the time being and also final film next year.
GETTING THINGS DONE.
Old stop motion puppet stuff I forgot I had. Yay! First year test runs. I’ll upload something at some point that’ll be more descriptive in how I made these for anyone interested 8>