Hey everyone,

I'm not new to animation, but I am new to casting and puppet making. I'm currently in pre-production of a shortfilm, so I thought now'd be a good time to inquire with knowledgeable people about puppetmaking.

I am planning on using plastic for the heads, hair, hands, and shoes of the characters in my film. Unfortunately, I have no clue what kind of plastic I should use. I've heard of various Smooth-on plastics, but can't find any good examples of their use anywhere (how durable/brittle/fragile they are, their translucence, how well they can be dyed or painted, etc.).

And speaking of dying or painting the plastic, I've no clue which might turn out better, or if dying is even possible/has good results.

In short, I'm clueless on all of this stuff, so I just thought I'd come ask for some advice/examples. ;)

Thank you in advance!

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I've always used Smoothcast 300: http://www.smooth-on.com/Urethane-Plastic-a/c5_1120_1209/index.html

Pot life of 3 minutes, which gives you enough time to get it thoroughly mixed and poured before it starts to set up, and a demold time of 10 minutes. It's opaque white and can be painted with acrylics or oils.

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