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Anyone know how to mass-produce modeling clay?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Carlson Nov 16, 2015. 24 Replies

Hi folks, As some of you know, I started making clay last year for our niche group (animators). At first, it didn't sell very well, but now I'm having the opposite problem... I can't make it fast…Continue

Tags: clay, modeling, demand, and, supply

Vote for Animated Tune's "Mike's Hard" can design

Started Jul 6, 2015 0 Replies

Hi folks, my good friend Animated Tunes has entered a contest and could really use your help. She's a 2D animator, but has worked in stop motion, most notably on "Dr. Zond Controls The Weather".I've…Continue

HFR (High Frame Rate Cinema): A trick of the MIND.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Carlson May 12, 2015. 20 Replies

Hi folks,This is not technically animation-related, but it does have to do with the illusion of motion when watching animation and live-action and the way our minds perceive that motion to be either…Continue

Tags: pictures, cinema, motion, HFR, frame

Stoopid Buddy Vimeo camp

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Carlson Jan 4, 2015. 2 Replies

Just in case anyone missed this on Facebook and the SMA chat:https://vimeo.com/ondemand/animationclassExpert-level, techniques…Continue

Tags: Stoopid, Buddy, Stoodios, Chicken, Robot

 

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Don Carlson replied to Alejandra Medina's discussion Random Question on Polymer clay
"Rubbing alcohol or olive oil also works pretty well."
Jan 16
Don Carlson replied to Robert's discussion I want to make animal puppets
" I make my clay harder to begin with to avoid the problem of it over-softening under lights. As far as the resculpting goes, that comes with animating with clay. If you don't want to have to re-sculpt, you may want to use a different material. "
Jan 10
Don Carlson replied to Santino Vitale's discussion Orson Baby Finished! -- "F For Formula"
"Makes you wonder how many movies he's disowned ;) "
Jan 2
Don Carlson replied to Santino Vitale's discussion Orson Baby Finished! -- "F For Formula"
" Nice film by the way, I liked the voice characterization and everything but how disgustingly talented you are. :P "
Dec 28, 2015
Don Carlson replied to Anthony Scott's discussion Stickybones!
"Holy cow, that is really great. The animated examples of it are fantastic! Moves just like a real person."
Dec 28, 2015
Don Carlson replied to Santino Vitale's discussion Orson Baby Finished! -- "F For Formula"
"Ha ha, well… I would've but I get tired of seeing my name over and over.  I've often thought of using an alias.Well, if you ever decide you don't like your film, you can change your film credit to "Alan…"
Dec 27, 2015
Don Carlson commented on Tim Daniel's video
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How-To Harry

"A short film has a beginning, a middle, and an end. It can be as long or as short as it needs to be to tell the story. This looks more like a test (and it's not a bad one!) One thing that is a dead giveaway that a film is too short is when the…"
Dec 20, 2015
Don Carlson replied to Strider's discussion Bruce Bickford's Cas'l is finally released!!!
"This is cool.I worked on Cas'l briefly in the 90's making props (mostly cars) for it. Not sure if any of the shots I animated got used, but it was a good learning experience. Great to finally see it released! That was a two decade effort..."
Dec 18, 2015
Don Carlson posted a photo
Nov 30, 2015
Don Carlson replied to Darren Nemeth's discussion What is the best for my application? StopMotionPro7 or Dragonframe?
"From what I can remember, Dragon Frame has the option to close the keypad if you don't want to use it. I have operated the virtual keypad even with a physical keypad connected and vice-versa."
Nov 30, 2015
Don Carlson commented on Sean McAnulty's video
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claycastle

"I don't think any of my shots made it into the film, but it was great to sculpt some of the cars and watch him work.  He is one of the only animators I know who does not use video reference or a framegrabber. It's all straight-ahead,…"
Nov 16, 2015
Don Carlson replied to Don Carlson's discussion Anyone know how to mass-produce modeling clay?
"Got a nice writeup from clay illustrator Jonathan D. Lopez. He wrote a very unbiased review of Puppet Putty. http://www.jonathandlopez.com/claytips-blog/2015/11/15/clay-for-animationHe is likely to come up with the best ways to work with this…"
Nov 16, 2015
Don Carlson replied to Don Carlson's discussion Anyone know how to mass-produce modeling clay?
"Thanks Andrew. No one seems to care about the separation, so I'm probably going to do away with it. It is only important in the multi-color packs. Haven't been making too many of those. "
Nov 8, 2015
Andrew Carlson replied to Don Carlson's discussion Anyone know how to mass-produce modeling clay?
"To separate the colors in single packs, maybe you could use strips of gloss coated cardstock or wax paper between them. It's another cost and procedure, but would solve your slack issue."
Nov 7, 2015
Antonio J. Cebrián replied to Don Carlson's discussion Anyone know how to mass-produce modeling clay?
"A way to reduce cost may be bulk sale. You could have clay unpacked and by demand, pack the asked quantity and several colours joint with only one label for all the pack."
Nov 2, 2015
Don Carlson commented on Richard Svensson's photo
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Umber Hulk 1

"Looks awesome! The eyes remind me of Slimer."
Nov 2, 2015

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At 9:19am on June 25, 2012, Claym8r said…
Don,
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.

At 1:21pm on February 12, 2015, Lemz Media said…

Hey Don, long time no chat. How's the business going?

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