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Don Carlson's Discussions

On revealing our secrets...(or not)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Carlson Aug 5. 31 Replies

Someone on Facebook brought up a good point about sharing knowlege. He said that if you share all your secrets at the beginning, you won't have any unique value to bring to the table when it comes to…Continue

PAX painting secret

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Carlson Jun 21. 4 Replies

Hi folks,Taking a page from Rick Baker's policy not to have a "magician's code", I want to share a "magic trick".The brush is a silicone paddle from a frosting kit at Michael's. It was a pack of 3,…Continue

Tags: silicone, cake, frosting, skweegie, paint

Wax animation test

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Horabin Jun 5. 3 Replies

Hi folks, finally putting my money where my mouth is and giving the animation wax a test drive. Here's a short loop illustrating its elastic properties. The way it moves is more like flesh than…Continue

Tags: stop, motion, test, mouth, wax

Blocking windows

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Carlson May 18. 14 Replies

I'm pretty sure we have talked about this before, but I can't find the thread about preventing sunlight through a window from causing light fluctuations on set. After some experimentation, I found…Continue


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puppet putty

This took a bit of figuring out, but I've managed between 12 and 28 colors in 3-packs, insolation-wrapped from each other with one piece of cellophane so that the colors don't touch each other.Future packs will have instructions printed on a label…
21 hours ago
Don Carlson replied to Dean B's discussion The BoxTrolls
"Fantastic film. The bar has been raised, forever."
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"Drown in the tea? Now you're talkin'! Do that."
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"That's cool. Thanks, Lemz.  It doesn't have a Facebook page, and I've never liked to come across as an aggressive marketer. I'm a person, first and foremost, who just happens to make clay, not a faceless company, and I…"
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"Maybe the (active) market for that just ain't here (though it should be). Does it have a Facebook page and is it ready for at least small bulk of orders?. Just asking because I think I knew some people who might like this product. And I would…"
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"Someone actually didn't like the package. Said it was held together with masking tape. The tape is cellophane. The wrapper is also cellophane. I never wanted nice packaging anyway, if only to illustrate the importance of a great product, OVER…"
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"wow Don. I can see such great future for this.Great package design too, did you do that yourself?.Have you sent some studios samples of your clay?"
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"Now in 28 colors. :)"
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"Adorable! Is he going to die horribly in some sort of industrial accident?"
Sep 23
Don Carlson replied to LIOs Nephew's discussion 'Faceless Neil: Out of the Darkness' (2014) animated short
"Goooo Noella! Looks awesome. :)"
Sep 13
Don Carlson replied to emmyymme's discussion casting a character in pieces
"I don't know much about casting, but kind of curious if it's possible to thin silicone with some sort of solvent and then spray it on to create the skin? Ideally, it wouldn't cure in the nozzle. :P"
Sep 6
Don Carlson replied to John Horabin's discussion article on Skatedog up on
"Very nice, man!  I have to see those robots in action. :D"
Sep 4
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mouth on a stick

Sculpted with reddish-brown Puppet Putty. :)
Sep 3

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Comment Wall (3 comments)

At 9:19am on June 25, 2012, Claym8r said…
I used to animate with a clay that is manufactured by Caran d' Ache . It doesn't come in as many colors as the Van Aken brands, its waxy texture holds up much better under hot lights, and it cleans up a lot easier because the dyes in the clay don't run as badly as the other brands .
At 10:09am on June 25, 2012, Don Carlson said…

I have not found Caran D'Ache clay in stores, but did see their other art supplies.

I do know how to modify Van Aken to get the properties you're looking for. Spent a year studying clay formulas and got it down pretty good. I'll send you a private message.

At 2:10pm on January 6, 2014, Robin Haefeli said…

Thank you! Yes it is a combination of latex and sculpy for the eyes.

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Nick Gonin's stop motion

Started by Nick Gonin in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by Will Tebo 15 hours ago. 3 Replies

Hello! Here is my Vine stop motion: for making this 6seconds video I spent one week :( But for sure, I will make more stop motion animation :) Thank you!PS: sorry for link,…Continue

Tags: claymation, stopmotion, vine

The BoxTrolls

Started by Dean B in STOP MOTION FILM DISCUSSION. Last reply by Don Carlson yesterday. 26 Replies

Today, Laika have released the first trailer for their next stop-motion film The BoxTrolls. Continue

Mr. Clay

Started by StampMotionStudio in JOBS & PROJECTS yesterday. 0 Replies

Hello everyone, I've made a playlist of all the Mr. Clay episodes here:…Continue

Tags: short, films, series, animated, claymation

The Nolvin Project (preview)

Started by David Tomasiewicz in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by David Tomasiewicz on Friday. 126 Replies

I had a longer description of this project, but here is a better and shorter one:This is a scene for a project (my space opera: THE NOLVIN PROJECT) that I'll work on 40 or so years later in my life. This scene, however, I'm creating now. It is a…Continue

Help me build a new animation PC!! :)

Started by Darren Nemeth in STOP MOTION & COMPUTERS. Last reply by Jack Liddon on Friday. 9 Replies

Hello, all,I am going to be animating using a DSLR with 'live view' and my 2006 PC probably will not cut the mustard. Can anyone here help me build a new PC from the ground up? What type of hardware will I need?  What parts are essential to…Continue





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