I'm starting my first project and I am having a difficult time deciding on scale. A priority for me is to have my main character possess realistic, articulated fingers and hands (a lot of close-ups handling objects). Given this direction, I don't think I can manage building a hand smaller than 1/6 scale, and more likely closer to 1/4 scale. Most of the commercial armatures have wire fingers which is fine, but I am wondering what material would hold up as a covering over the wires and still manage to look realistic? If I went with a 3D modeled plastic articulating hand (less realistic, but possibly more functional) does anybody know of a manufacturer of 1/6-1/4 scale hands? Or is this something I will need to build? Once I am settled on a scale for my character, I feel everything else, set building wise will fall into place. Still A LOT of hard work, but at least the size of objects will remain constant.
Thanks for any advice!
To thicken the latex the right way I use a small amount of latex paint wich you use to paint walls. This wall paint is a mix of different substances, still water based c.q. latex based and it is very cheap. The amount of paint is approx. 1/40 to the amount of latex. I'm not sure about the percentage because I do it by heart depending on the thickness of the latex at that moment wich also changes by time.
A note though. When you mix it up the thickness stays the same at first. The mixture has to stand a few hours to get the right properties. For the latexpaint I use the colour white cause with the natural colour of the latex it cures to a light skin colour. For other colours I mix acrylics in later on wich do not effect the mix chemically.
you cannot keep it though. Changing will go on depending the amount of paint in the mixture.
Great, thank you. I will try this!
You can also buy something called latex thickener, which does what it says.
The problems I am getting with silicone hands that are quite small are: visible seams, armature coming through to the surface and occasionally air bubbles in the mould. I'm going to try the thickened latex method next. The idea of doing each finger before joining them to the hand is brilliant, and of course no seams!