"I second that, about the latex freezing and being ruined. I held off last year on ordering any latex during the winter because I was warned that this would happen. When it finally did come, it was perfect (aside from the fact that costume latex…"
"Oh, I should add - the foam latex base is fairly lumpy. Must be those latex solids... I gues they don't matter in a foamed-up mixture that goes into a mold. The surfae will end up exactly like the inside of the mold. But for buildup work it…"
"I looked up the Woodland Scenics latex - it seems to be a somewhat thinner version of standard moldmaking latex - probably with less filler in it for capturing smaller details. But it still seems to have some filler in it. They put filler in the…"
"As far as latex... I continue to push Woodland Scenics' version of the stuff for anyone willing to look into it. I've tried many brands and the quality varies (some is even crumbly when it cures). Woodland Scenics continues to be far and…"
"I was actually thinking about trying to skin it with liquid latex too, but my supply is back in LA. I usually get lumpy results with my liquid latex build-up puppets (which actually is a great texture for an alien or a burn victim that happen to be…"
"I think, since you can skin really anything with liquid latex, the name of the game is getting the armature as close to the final shape of the character as possible. Then you just kind of "connect the dots", treating the skin like…"
"Sorry it took so long to get the results in! I've had a busy Thanksgiving week. I finally had some time to make a quick arm armature (an ARMature) and test it out.
The instructions recommend using glycerin hand lotion to increase the…"
"This is what I've been waiting for! Hopefully it is more flexible than Sculpey Bake and Bend or Super Elasticlay. Let me know how it goes. It might work especially well for making a press mold from a hard object.
*edit* I see that other folks…"
"Ahh, Nick, Ron's just popular because of all the great stop-mo he does. . . ;) Come to think of it, that is why you are very popular here too! Hmmm. Besides that you are both totally generous with your hard-won advice,…"
"I have seen some flexible polymer clay that, when baked, was a fairly firm rubber. It had been used for thin fingers, and they could bend a bit to give the hands some life, but not go far enough to make a fist. I'd want to know the…"
Puppet Putty is formulated by clay animator Don Carlson. Properties include colors that do not bleed on your hands, a matte finish, cleans up with water, is very light weight, firm, non-greasy and has a silky texture.
Hey guys, what are everyone's thoughts/tips on rig removal in a moving camera shot? Example would be a pan or a tilt shot where the camera is continuously moving at the same time as the character is moving.Obviously the normal "take a static master…Continue
Hey guys, I've been a REALLY long time lurker, since the old boards, but I rarely made the time to really dig in and post a lot. Instead I would just find the info I needed, use it shamelessly and rarely even take the time to say "Hey thanks, that…Continue
Hi All I'm setting up a small lab for an animation elective at the University of Newcastle with some copy stands for cut-out and drawn animation and I'm trying to get the lighting right. I'd really like to go LED or fluorescent (because they last…Continue
Hi to everybody, this is my first post here.I am looking to purchase a used Canon 40D to be used with Dragonframe. I keep seeing people on ebay asking what is the camera count. Since I would be using a frame grabber, is the count something I…Continue
Hey guys, thought I would share the stop motion camera rig I built for a film I'm working on right now.The rig is fairly simple in design, it's just two aluminum rails from IKEA that I bolted to two pieces of masonite laminated together for…Continue
Hi guys,I have a question that no doubt many have run into before. I want to use doll eyes in my stop-mo puppets. The doll eyes come with a stem in the back, that's easy to grind off so now they are round. But how do you animate them without…Continue