Hello everyone, I am a complete newbie/novice to the stop motion world and recently ran into what I would consider a problem, but others might just consider part of the process? I made a wire armature, then covered it with some magic sculpt on the parts that I did not want to bend. So basically just left the joints uncovered. It seemed to come out pretty nicely, and felt pretty good. So I bulked it up with some foil and tape then put on some plasticine. I was playing around with him a little bit, putting him in different poses and whatnot, but then one of his arms broke at the shoulder area even before I was able to start trying to animate. I was wondering what I did wrong. The way i made the armature? The wire I used? Is there a certain type of wire that stop motion artists use that is perhaps stronger than regular armature wire? One friend told me that instead of twisting the wire together, If i just put them together then wrap them with string or smaller wire, then it would be stronger. I would really love to make a ball and socket armature, but feel like it is a little too costly for me right now so I am wondering if there are any other stop motion people out there that can help me with any tips to make my wire armature stronger and last longer. I am attaching a few pics of the character I made to show you how I did it and what might need to be changed. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Wow, excellent info Marc! See, this is why you're the Prometheus of Animate Clay.
And just for the record, Marc took part in that thread - he went by the name 1 on the old board.
Thanks Strider, I remember using 1 as my old name due to hastily creating the account - thinking I could come up with something better later on. Then I wasn't able to change it, so I was stuck with the most un-original name on the entire board :)
Haha tell me about it! That's how I've come up with all my names online - if I ever did have something pretty good it was already taken and I had to come up with weird variations until I found something that wasn't.