I am going to make my own armature out of aluminum wire and want to make it into a skeleton puppet (sort of like the ones from The Corpse Bride). What material do you suggest I use to make it? should I make the bones hard? I also want the jaw to move up and down. This will be my first puppet and I am really looking forward to it but I need your help! Thanks a lot :D
And here is the finished puppet in action.
The other skeleton puppets I know of, like a really nice realistic one made recently by Peter Montgomery, use ball joints.
I did have to replace one of the wrist wires on mine, after all that wrist action with the sword, and a lot of drinking in 7th Skol. I had a piece of tube in the Ulna, made from a section of a telescoping radio antenna, and was able to cut the old hand wires off, drill it out, and glue in the new hand wires. It was there because I use 1.5mm (1/16th") wire in the arm, but thinner 1mm wire in the wrist and hand, so I had to join them together.
Damn, Nick, watching this again just reminds me of how good you really are. Bring on the "other" Raven Project.
Thank you so much Nick! It's funny because I actually already watched that video and that's what gave me the idea! So to sum it up I will need armature wire, epoxy putty (for bones), and latex? Again it mean so much for you to do all of this for me!
Thank you so much! One last question (sorry for being a noob and asking so many questions) did you find a lot of these items at a store or online? If at a store where? Thanks! It means a lot!
I got the regular epoxy putty from Bunnings, a large hardware chain in Australia. Very similar to Home Depot in North America. So no place I buy from will be much use to you, they will be Australian. But the good news is, everything I can buy, and a few things I can't, can be bought in the US, for less money.
The latex, Aves Apoxie and Super Sculpey came from a specialist sculpting and mouldmaking supplier, either Dalchem or Barnes Products, which do each have a shop here in Melbourne. But if you don't have that sort of place where you live, you may need to buy online.
I got some armature wire from an art supply store - the 3mm I use in the legs, the 1.6mm wire in the neck and arms. The thin 1mm stuff and the 2mm wire has to be bought online at somewhere like Whimsie, which is a pain for me because they won't ship outside the US and I had to work through a US based shipping agent:
5 minute epoxy glue comes from a hardware, or from discount $2 stores.
Aluminium came from an aluminium supplier, where they sell various extrusions, and flat bars at 3mm or 6mm thick, of different widths, and round rod.
Thank you so much! I will try to put my progress up on here and show how it's going! Again thank you so much for all of your help!
It might not be soon because I just got Stop Motion Pro and am basically broke hahaha
Good news! I am going to be getting the supplies for it by the end of the week!! Anybody have suggestions on how many tubes of epoxy putty I should get and please add a link to which you think is best to make the bone! Thanks
The brand I got is probably only sold in australia so not much use to you. One tube of it, about 6 inches long, is more than enough. Probably half of it would do. See what you find locally.