Hi,

I am going to make silicon hands for my foam latex puppet. I am wondering which material I should use to make the hands sculpture, which I need more details and smooth skin. I guess it may have two choices: 

1. Firm Plasticine (NSP)

2. Super Sculpey 

I saw some youtube videos (maybe Claykids) on how to make mold for hands. Their hands are very detailed but the color is more like Super Sculpey.

Does anyone have experience with this?

Thanks!

Views: 57

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Monster Clay is good for sculpting fine detail, and is sulphur free.  It seems to have more wax in it than most clays.  Chavant NSP is also good.  

Super Sculpy is a bit different to sculpt with.   I find it hard to work with, if you scrape the surface it tends to drag a big piece of the clay along and lose shape,  unlike plasticine clays.  So I always have to work in two stages.  First I make an under-layer and bake it, so it is hard and holds its shape, then I add a small layer of new Sculpy on to the surface to finish the sculpting and get the detail.  But many artists do fantastic work with Sculpey and other polymer clays, and get really good surface detail.  Maybe with the fingers modelled over wire, you could get a good finish and not have to bake it. I don't know, I have not made small puppet hands with Sculpey, only puppet heads.  I am thinking that you want a hard mould of plaster or resin to cast silicone hands in, so you probably want  the Sculpey to still be soft when you make the mould, to get it out easily.

Work backwards from the end product. You want silicone (soft) hands. That means a hard mold. If you make a hard mold, it should be against a soft sculpture material. So you would NOT want baked Sculpey.

I recommend plasticine or monster clay. You can use scraping tools and heat gun to melt the sculpture to remove it from the hard mold.

Don't use plasticine, as it contains sulphur and will inhibit the silicone. But Chavant is good, and Monster clay too.

Reply to Discussion

RSS

MESSAGE BOARD CATEGORIES

STOPMO NEWBIES
basic stopmo discussion

ANIMATOR TALK
experienced animators looking to improve

CAMERA & STAGE
animation camera, lighting and moco rigs

ANIMATION TOOLS & EQUIPMENT
animation tool and rigging discussion

STOP MOTION & COMPUTERS
frame capture, editing, and post-production

STORY
script, storyboarding and storyreel discussion

SOUND
lip-sync, sound effects and music

YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT
discuss your stopmo film

ARMATURES
ball & socket and wire armature discussion

MACHINE SHOP
metalwork tool & talk

SCULPTING
sculpture information and advice

HAIR & COSTUME
materials, patterns and technique

CASTING
foam, silicone and resin

CLAY
clay puppet construction

GENERAL PUPPET MAKING
other puppet fabrication issues

STOP MOTION SETS
set design and construction information

MODEL DEPARTMENT
miniature prop discussion

MATTE PAINTINGS
glass matte paintings and backgrounds

GENERAL SPECIAL EFFECTS

STOP MOTION FILM DISCUSSION

FAVORITE STOP MOTION CHARACTERS

PRO ANIMATOR DISCUSSION

FILM FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

ANIMATION SCHOOLS

STOP MOTION BOOKS

STOP MOTION ON VIDEO

JOBS & PROJECTS
post here if you are looking for talent to hire

SWAP MEET
stop motion items for sale

CHAT BOARD
general discussion

SITE FEEDBACK
report bugs, comments and suggestions here

Latest Activity

Simon Tytherleigh replied to Jet Zhang's discussion Sculpture material of puppet hands
"Don't use plasticine, as it contains sulphur and will inhibit the silicone. But Chavant is…"
yesterday
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Aj Shenefelt's discussion What to use for set background?
"Super cheap would be to use an old bed sheet, stretched on a frame."
yesterday
StopmoNick replied to Aj Shenefelt's discussion What to use for set background?
"I'm working on a forest backdrop at the moment.  I am painting it on a piece of masonite…"
Sunday
Aj Shenefelt posted a discussion

What to use for set background?

Hi everyone,My apologies if this has been discussed already, but I have had a difficult time…See More
Sunday

© 2020   Created by Anthony Scott.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

.xg_widget_forum_index_index .xg_column.xg_span-7.xg_last {display:none;} .xg_widget_forum_topic_listForCategory .xg_column.xg_span-7.xg_last {display:none;} .xg_widget_forum_topic_show .xg_column.xg_span-7.xg_last {display:none;}