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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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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 Glotime.tv
"Very nice, man!  I have to see those robots in action. :D"
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Sculpted with reddish-brown Puppet Putty. :)
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"Mike- Well, you could play with your Log... j/k "
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"okey doke, i'll contact marc then... thanks Don."
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"What'll we do till then!?"
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"I'm actually going to be selling this through Animateclay's Stop Motion Store., just waiting on the mold to make the 3-packs.  You could ask Marc Spess if he can ship to the UK. The plan was originally just to sell single packs…"
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"Perfect color! Well, in that case I will take two. "
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"i think I'm going to want to try some of this too Don, in the flesh colour- let me know if you will ship to uk, a single pack...I'm teaching a year long animation course this year for the first time, it would be great to have more cutting…"
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"It comes in all colors. A pound? Wowza! That looks like a special order...When you say "pound", do you mean the volume of a normal pound of clay, or do you mean literally 1 pound of puppet putty? I can do a double-batch; that would be…"
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"Well put me down for a pound!Does it come in light blue?  "
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"That 4-pack was a total lark, by the way. It's four re-imagined single packs, if you will. In actuality, it's a pair of scissors and extra packaging. This unfortunately didn't yield enough clay of each color, so I changed the design a…"
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"Not sure, Mike...Depends on if you are willing to put up with a little bit of shininess. The original idea was to have it be matte, but then the clay refused to melt and be pourable. The most matte example I have is not really matte anyway, as the…"
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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.

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"Will O' The Wisp" Production Bumper + Short Film (2014)

Started by Mike in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by StampMotionStudio 8 hours ago. 8 Replies

Hello Everyone :) I've been posting some random W.I.P. photos and little test videos over the past year or so, but I recently discovered there's a "your project" section here in the forum. So this is a thread for my ongoing project, "Will O' The…Continue

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Anyone worked with an anamorphic lens?

Started by krullthewarriorking in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by Strider yesterday. 8 Replies

Hello all!I'm brand new to the community, and am pretty inexperienced with stop motion too, mostly just Lego movies here and there.  But I have been doing some research about lenses, and I have read a TON of the lens threads here over the last few…Continue

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Substitution for Naphtha for painting Silicone?

Started by Dawn Brown in GENERAL PUPPET MAKING. Last reply by Dawn Brown yesterday. 2 Replies

Hi gang,I have often read that Naphtha is used to thin tinted silicone so you can paint with it, or even push it through an airbrush.I want to paint silicone with an airbrush, but Naphtha is not readily available in my area. Can I use Mineral…Continue

Tags: silicone, painting, naphtha

sticky latex

Started by fatih in GENERAL PUPPET MAKING. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh yesterday. 9 Replies

the hands of my puppet became sticky a couple of months later. how can I prevent this situation? why did it become sticky I'm in need of a solution about this?Continue

Looking for animator for 20 sec short

Started by Robert in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by StopmoNick on Friday. 8 Replies

I'm actually designing a storyboard for a short 20 sec animation with 2 characters one in a bed sick with a flu with a thermometer hanging out his mouth the other a doctor, I've been thinking of doing this a while for my documentary I'm making but I…Continue

Grand Prize Winner! "Marshmallow Martyr"

Started by Rick Jacobs in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh on Friday. 5 Replies

Fun! I won grand prize for this animation. On to a more challenging competition.…Continue

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