I am fairly new to the stop motion model making and want to be an animator as a professional career. I have wanted to make a puppet for a long time now, the past experiments used wire and foam. Now that I have liquid latex I am thinking of making a puppet of a gorilla to star in a King Kong movie. The plan is to make the armature out of strong wire with wooden blocks for the head, hands and feet. The armature will be held together with epoxy putty and then muscles created using foam rubber. Over this then I will apply many coats of liquid latex. The face will be sculpted with epoxy. Don't know about the fur though.

Sound like a plan?

The two images show the sculpts of the face and chest plate.

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Sounds great. Since you are covering the model with fur, you could probably get away without coating everything in latex. A thick latex layer + fur could restrict movement. Glue crepe hair directly onto the foam with liquid latex or rubber cement, starting at the ankles and moving up, layering the hair on like shingles on a roof. Or, you could make a miniature gorilla suit out of fake fur material and sew the model into it. I skinned a gorilla model this way using coarse fleece material. See the gorilla test clip, along with a short video on how to make a similar type of model. Let us know how your model comes out. Here are the links to the videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHvoF_4UfmM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQQSkq0L-IM

 

Thanks for the advise. The videos were very helpful. Just need to buy the materials.

You are welcome, glad they were of some help to you. Here is a clip where I used the crepe hair method for the fur on the models legs. Crepe hair is primarily used for fake beards and the like. Its made of wool and comes in a braid. You can cut the hair directly off this braid, but it has a curl to it. To straighten crepe hair, immerse the braid into a pot of boiling water for a minute. When you take it out of the water, it is straight. Just allow to dry before using. Here is the clip:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpOYXjZ_bhg&feature=relmfu 

Here's another piece of helpful advice, watch one of the extras on the original KING KONG DVD.

It really gives you the low-down on making the puppet.

I am going to be building a gorilla puppet also. I have a real nice ball and socket armature built by Tom Breirton. Still deciding how to make the skull ,what to do about fur. Thinking of using silicone for the face like the "Lone Animator" describes on his blog. I will construct the body with cushion foam, adding the muscle shapes.

Thinking of sculpting an artificial skull to be cast in resin,not sure about the lower jaw yet .I like the one used in MJY just not sure how to make it. I will include wires for the lips and brows. I have the proper size glass eyes. I will be sculpting a head in clay than cast it in Platsil Gel10.  Maybe the way Stopmo Nick builds a silicone head, which uses a block of wood with wires for the mouth would be the way to go.             I definitetly need suggestions.

I have made a latex mold of the head. Also bought craft aluminium wire and quick setting glue.Just need the epoxy putty and the fur.

What DVD, the 2-Disc Warner Bros one or the new blu-ray?


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Here's another piece of helpful advice, watch one of the extras on the original KING KONG DVD.

It really gives you the low-down on making the puppet.

OK started making armature. Aluminum wire. Bought plumbers epoxy - didnt work as it was non-setting 

I have never tried plumbers epoxy. I use JB weld cold weld compound. It's a two part epoxy that really works. The only drawback is that it takes 24 hours to dry, but the result is worth it. I use it almost exclusively when building armatures.

Yeah I am going to buy a product that works in the same way as that - Milliput.

Plus I have got some images of the armature process.

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I just came back from Michael's Crafts Store and loaded up with 15 cases of Mighty Putty.  It's a 2-part epoxy.  It's regularly priced at $10.00, but Michael's had clearanced them out for $2.00 each.  The stuff works great for making grab points on your puppet.  Sets in about two hours; however, 24 hours recommended.  If there's one in your area, definitely check it out.  Can't get much better than $2.00. 



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