I tried making my first 2-part mold for the first time, and made the rookie mistake of not making a key for the mold to pry open on the outside. Also, I used plaster of paris, so the mold inside the…Continue
I'm working a medieval film and will need to build armor and cloaks, and probably some shirts too, as well as pants. I literally have zero experience with sewing. Any tips? Also, how would you make a…Continue
Claws: Yes, epoxy putty from the hardware store. Easy shapes to make, so the quick setting putty works fine, if I needed more sculpting time I would use Aves Apoxie Sculpt or similar, with 2 or 3 hours working time. I…"
"Use a longer setting epoxy so you have time to adjust. Also, pro tip : Don't use thermoplastic and cut the shape out after. I think I am unrecognizable by my left thumbprint because I accidentally cut half it off with a razor while making…"
"Those were two awesome videos there, Nick! On a similar subject, in that first video, did I see you using epoxy putty to make the "claws" on that monster? If so, wow! That's a great idea, solves the problem I was having of giving the…"
"And here is Richard making latex skin. Interesting, he uses some Friendly Plastic to hold the eyes and mouth wire in place, and it while it is warm it is soft enough to shape it to the latex. Otherwise he casts the latex the same way I…"
"Here is a quick look at the process of moulding and casting a foam latex puppet - this creature is bulky and would not have worked as well in silicone. It shows what is involved. But a combination of sheet foam buildup, with some…"
"For foam latex, you need scales, a mixer, and an oven, as well as the foam latex kit. I use it for full body monsters because it is much lighter in weight than silicone, easier to paint, and because I have had the set-up for doing it for many…"
"The best silicone is platinum based and is not cheap. It is not compatible with tin based silicone, and reacts badly to sulphur and latex, so cannot be used in the same mould. But it is good stuff. I use Platsil Gel 00, but there's…"
"Good point. I use 1:6 scale action figure clothing whenever I can find something that suits the character. It works if your proportions are fairly close to realistic, but not if they are extremely stylised like all of Laika films. …"
"If you are casting the skin in liquid latex, be sure to have a look at some of Richard Swensson's puppet making tutorials. Look for Bluworm on Youtube. He does a mix of buildup with cushion foam (like the body I made for removable…"
"Hi, Count Croc. I had to do the same for my piece, and here's what I ended up doing.
I built one of the first outfits for my characters, but it was extremely difficult. My hands were hurting and the process took forever. I have a…"
"Agree with Simon - a harder plaster like Ultracal 30 or Hydrostone will help. But the bit of mould that extends into the inside of the mouth does tend to be a weak point, so (also as Simon said) I usually place a loop of wire in the mouth to…"