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Erik Stickley replied to Erik Stickley's discussion Making a mould for big nosed sculpts
"@Strider: I used Super Sculpy for my sculpt. Whether it is sulphur free or not is a mystery to me. As for the mustache on the second sculpt, I sort of knew that it could be a problem if I sculpted onto the head. For some reason I did it anyways... I…"
8 hours ago
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Erik Stickley's discussion New and seeking guidance about 3D printing.
"Great, do post some pics of your results. There are some very good threaded rods with balls machined on the ends of them, I forget where from. But these might be ideal for your puppet."
13 hours ago
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Erik Stickley's discussion Making a mould for big nosed sculpts
"Oh, and one tip. You can pour melted Chavant into a silicone mould, ideal if you need to sculpt several versions of one head."
13 hours ago
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Erik Stickley's discussion Making a mould for big nosed sculpts
"Yes, lovely sculpts! They are going to be a bit tricky to cast. It looks to me as if you could have a neat separation in the folds around the base of the nose, so you could cast them independently. Would be good to have something like a little…"
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Making a mould for big nosed sculpts

Started by Erik Stickley in CASTING. Last reply by Erik Stickley 8 hours ago. 5 Replies

I am about to buy some mould-making equipment to start actually making moulds of my character's head for silicone. Before I do, I want to know what would be the best product, and method for making a mould of characters with rather large noses.I was going to try Pinky-sil because there's a hard 3D printed skeleton underneath the sculpts which might not come out if I used a moulding material that hardens to much. But we'll see what you all think.Continue

New and seeking guidance about 3D printing.

Started by Erik Stickley in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh 13 hours ago. 3 Replies

Hello, everyone! I'm new to this site, and new to Stop Motion in general. I don't even have my first puppet made.Speaking of my puppet, I have a 3D printer, and I wanted to know if it would be efficient to use 3D printed joints for my armature. No doubt full metal armatures work best for animating, but since I don't have the means to do any form of metal work or machining, I was hoping that 3D printing was a viable option.Thank you for help!Continue


Started by prammaven in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by prammaven 15 hours ago. 3 Replies

Hi folks, I've noticed this a lot, and it's confusing and prevalent enough that it's high time it was addressed directly: Why are some professional animators friendly and happy to talk about their work and others are cold and indifferent and never write back? Is this a policy at the studios that individuals decide whether or not to enforce -"don't help anyone who asks for it- you'll train our competition", or a personality quirk? Whatever it is, it's irksome. We all have the same interests here, so we can all stand to be approachable and communicative. In my opinion, anyone who gives the cold shoulder for spite is an enemy of stop motion (and, well, a jerk- let's be honest). It has been historically shown that every time someone tries to hog all the glory of something for themselves,  they end up taking it to the grave and it becomes an obscure knowledge. How does that keep the craft going? That's only going to cut it off at the kneecaps and ensure its demise! Can't speak for everyone, but I got robbed at gunpoint the other week at my night job and have been trying to leave it for years because it isn't a safe place to work- and have never been able to because someone impersonated me on the internet and it shows up in every search for my name and occupation whenever someone does a search. How do I convince you it's not me? I can't... And that's exactly how a lot of newbies feel once they have gotten good enough to be a pro and no one will give them a chance- because other peoples' first impression of them was not accurate or representative of how far they've come. Lots of mid-level animators in this boat, some starving. At least one killed himself, and I know another guy who has thought about it. Social isolation is toxic to passion and talent to the point of being deadly.  Let's talk.Continue

Nikon D3300 Live view?

Started by Alistair Nicholls in STOP MOTION & COMPUTERS. Last reply by Alistair Nicholls yesterday. 9 Replies

Hello,I was just wondering if anyone could possibly help me with something? I recently brought the Nikon D3300,inorder to use it for stopmotion.I read that Dragonfame supports live view for this camera,but have had no luck.Iv'e plugged the camera in using usb,and it doesnt come under an available camera to use(iv'e downloaded the trail version) I really don't know why this would be.I was just wondering if anyone knows why this might be? Or what set up you use when connecting camera to computer? Thank you so very much.Continue

Tags: d3300, windows, view, live, Help

Digital input device (DID)

Started by David Tomasiewicz in STOP MOTION & COMPUTERS. Last reply by John Lewis yesterday. 16 Replies

One thing that has always amazed me is how they were able to make the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park realistic. Looking through articles and PDFs, I came across the Dinosaur input device (now called Digital input device), or DID. Some notable differences between a stop-motion puppet and one that has the input devices is that:1. The armature is 3 times larger in order to accommodate the servos and sensors.2. No Ball and socket joints. All joints are hinges, swivels, and universal. The encoders can only sense a single axis.3. Very precise (if built right).4. The resulting animation lacks the artifacts of stop-motion animation, the pops and jerkiness, and yet retains the intentional subtleties and hard stops that computer animation often lacks.Note: If you guys decide to comment on this post, please keep any CGI bashing you might have to a minimum.Continue

damage while annimating

Started by Link Aran in ANIMATION TOOLS & EQUIPMENT. Last reply by prammaven on Tuesday. 1 Reply

hi all,         I hope to animate unite warriors scattershot, which is a v. expensive figure, using helping hands, these are v. powerful, and can cause damage, anyone know how to stop damage, but retain tight grip?Continue

Water droplets/ice effects using boiled isomalt, salt, water, and olive oil

Started by prammaven in GENERAL SPECIAL EFFECTS on Tuesday. 0 Replies

Not sure if ants or small rodents are attracted to this sugar substitute but a Google search says they aren't, and isomalt stays clear once heated and allowed to cool- which means you should be able to use it instead of resin for replacement water effects. At $5.00 per pound, it seems like an inexpensive alternative. Demonstration of IsomaltContinue


Started by Karl Krish in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by Karl Krish on Tuesday. 55 Replies

Hello - does anyone know what the name is of an animation short (looks like claymation) that has two male characters in a confined dingy room where they are typing away, one at a time, taking turns each to wind each other up. Their life depends on being wound up by the other one. They each finish typing just before they wind down and just have enough potential wind energy to wind the other one fully up before stopping, and so on.It is a great animation with an excellent ending and theme. I don't know what they were typing.If anybody has seen this animation short, then please contact me.Regards.Continue

Making puppet heads with Sugru

Started by Joe in GENERAL PUPPET MAKING. Last reply by Adam Taylor on Monday. 4 Replies

HiHas anyone had any success with using sugru to make puppets? I've just ordered some as it looks like it could be a pretty good material for heads and hands.I want to make a head with a hinged mouth - just a fairly basic mouth that opens and closes but no great amount of expression, kind of like the muppets. I'm going to have a go at making the head out of styrofoam to keep the weight down, with sugru over the top. I'm thinking that I'll include an aluminium wire jaw. Going to do some experiments over the next week or so when I get some time.One thing I wondered about is the eyes. If I use plastic beads, pushed into the head, I suspect that the sugru will dry and glue the eyes in place. This is not what I want to happen - I want the eye balls to be held in the sockets but still able to rotate, so the two things I'm going to try are:1) push the eyes into the head to create eye sockets, but then pull them out again and leave them out until the sugru has cured.2) coat the eyes (beads) with vaseline before putting them in, to see if that prevents the sugru from adhering to the eyes.Has anyone on here ever done anything similar to this or got any experience working with sugru at all? If so I'd love to hear any tips. I've never used Sugru myself, I just came across it online and it looks promising.thanksJoeContinue

Tags: mouth, eyes, jaw, sugru, head

CGI films that mimic Stop-motion?

Started by T F in STOP MOTION FILM DISCUSSION. Last reply by Ed Riccardi on Sunday. 1 Reply

What are some CGI animated short films that do a decent job in mimicking stop-motion animation?Something like Gracht - Joost de Jong.Continue

Tags: Something, animation?, stop-motion, mimicking, like



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