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Sculpture material of puppet hands

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh Jan 31. 7 Replies

Hi,I am going to make silicon hands for my foam latex puppet. I am wondering which material I should use to make the hands sculpture, which I need more details and smooth skin. I guess it may have…Continue

Shining skin on foam latex

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jet Zhang Dec 20, 2019. 5 Replies

Hi,I made a search on Celebrity deathmatch series. I found the older version puppets were definitely made from foam latex with lots of wrinkles. While the newer puppets looked like made of foam latex…Continue

Beaver sculpture need suggestions.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jet Zhang Jun 4, 2019. 7 Replies

Hi,I am making a beaver puppet for my online kids show demo. The character will combine real beaver with cartoon style. It is my first time trying to make an animal. The beaver's legs are big…Continue

Respirator for working with foam latex

Started this discussion. Last reply by Count Croc Apr 20, 2019. 2 Replies

Hi, I am going to use MonsterMaker's foam latex to cast characters this time. I used GM's before. The quality is good but the smell of ammonium (or some other chemicals) made my throat painfull each…Continue

 

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Simon Tytherleigh replied to Jet Zhang's discussion Sculpture material of puppet hands
"Well, practise on a simple mould first. Here's what you need to do, assuming it is a hand or similar that requires a two part mould. First you surround the sculpt with soft clay up to the level of halfway. I like to use water clay (which does…"
Jan 31
Jet Zhang replied to Jet Zhang's discussion Sculpture material of puppet hands
"Thank you Simon. I made some plaster molds before, but I always worry about the details and air bubbles on the surface. While I really saw someone made very detailed plaster molds for silicone. I need more practice I think."
Jan 30
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Jet Zhang's discussion Sculpture material of puppet hands
"Sculpey firm might be better to work with than super Sculpey.  If you are making a silicon mould for silicon pieces, then use a harder silicone for the mould and make sure to use release agent. But why not use plaster for the mould? Hard…"
Jan 30
Jet Zhang replied to Jet Zhang's discussion Sculpture material of puppet hands
"Thank you for these great suggestions! I will try both: NSP (firm) and Super Sculpey. Luckily I can get both in Toronto. The reason to try Sculpey is I never worked on it. I watched a lot of 'how to' videos on Youtube. The way to work with…"
Jan 28
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Jet Zhang's discussion Sculpture material of puppet hands
"Don't use plasticine, as it contains sulphur and will inhibit the silicone. But Chavant is good, and Monster clay too."
Jan 26
maddogmovies replied to Jet Zhang's discussion Sculpture material of puppet hands
"Work backwards from the end product. You want silicone (soft) hands. That means a hard mold. If you make a hard mold, it should be against a soft sculpture material. So you would NOT want baked Sculpey. I recommend plasticine or monster clay. You…"
Jan 25
StopmoNick replied to Jet Zhang's discussion Sculpture material of puppet hands
"Monster Clay is good for sculpting fine detail, and is sulphur free.  It seems to have more wax in it than most clays.  Chavant NSP is also good.   Super Sculpy is a bit different to sculpt with.   I find it hard to work with, if…"
Jan 12
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Sculpture material of puppet hands

Hi,I am going to make silicon hands for my foam latex puppet. I am wondering which material I should use to make the hands sculpture, which I need more details and smooth skin. I guess it may have two choices: 1. Firm Plasticine (NSP)2. Super Sculpey I saw some youtube videos (maybe Claykids) on how to make mold for hands. Their hands are very detailed but the color is more like Super Sculpey.Does anyone have experience with this?Thanks!See More
Jan 9
Jet Zhang replied to Jet Zhang's discussion Shining skin on foam latex
"Thank you guys! I will try these methods if I can find the materials in Canada, and will post my progress then. Merry Christmas and happy new year!"
Dec 20, 2019
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Jet Zhang's discussion Shining skin on foam latex
"Umm, yes, good point. I have not of course tried this, so am just speculating to get the discussion going. The car spray does sound promising. And a hell of a lot easier, although it presumably would not help with the surface crinkling - unless it…"
Dec 17, 2019
Hans Jacob Wagner replied to Jet Zhang's discussion Shining skin on foam latex
"I've had some luck with transparent carplast spray. That I use to fixate airbrush paint. It's quite easy to find in shiny/glossy and hard to find in mat. Works fine. And actually I think it can help the total degradation of the latex with…"
Dec 16, 2019
Jet Zhang replied to Jet Zhang's discussion Shining skin on foam latex
"Thank you Simon. The only concern for your method is when baking the latex, is the gas can go through the latex layer or may need longer time to go. Normally I baked for 3.5 hours in the oven, and sometimes when mold is not totally dry, it will take…"
Dec 15, 2019
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Jet Zhang's discussion Shining skin on foam latex
"If you were using platinum silicone, it would be inhibited by the latex, so the logical method would be to cast the silicone skin first in those areas where it needed to be exposed, then cast the foam latex inside that."
Dec 14, 2019
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At 8:51am on February 2, 2019, playground pictures said…

wow cool puppets! love them

great work!

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