"I literally did this yesterday for the first time. It wasn't pretty but I did some research it this seemed to be the best way for my model. I'm sure with practice it will look nicer.
What is your model made of? I have a wire…"
"He looks good to me without hair. But it depends on how you see the character, really.
Will the finished puppet be plasticine, or cast in silicone or some other material? Or is it made from Sculpey?
I've used a few different…"
"My wire armatures don't sag or droop, but they can be a bit bouncy! For lightweight puppets the magnets would work fine, but if the puppet is heavy or thick, like a silicone Sumo wrestler I made for a client, the armature needs to be…"
"I haven't used magnets to hold down a wire armature, but I do use a wire armature with tie-downs. Here's what I think would be things to thing about: Wire armatures work well for light characters, but if your character is heavy, (like his…"
"In my opinion for fast and fun, magnets are great. Tie downs give more precision and control, but take longer to tie down. Like most things in stop-motion it depends on the outcome you want to achieve."
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