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Armature scale and articulated fingers

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh Dec 29, 2017. 16 Replies

Hi everyone,I'm starting my first project and I am having a difficult time deciding on scale. A priority for me is to have my main character possess realistic, articulated fingers and hands (a lot of…Continue

 

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Simon Tytherleigh replied to Mark Upson's discussion Armature scale and articulated fingers
"You can also buy something called latex thickener, which does what it says. The problems I am getting with silicone hands that are quite small are: visible seams, armature coming through to the surface and occasionally air bubbles in the mould.…"
Dec 29, 2017
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Mark Upson's discussion Armature scale and articulated fingers
"I found some braided kite string, and it is indeed hollow, so I could thread a bodkin through it. Excellent tip, thank you!"
Dec 26, 2017
Mark Upson replied to Mark Upson's discussion Armature scale and articulated fingers
"Great, thank you. I will try this!"
Dec 22, 2017
jowanneke replied to Mark Upson's discussion Armature scale and articulated fingers
"To thicken the latex the right way I use a small amount of latex paint wich you use to paint walls. This wall paint is a mix of different substances, still water based c.q. latex based and it is very cheap. The amount of paint is approx. 1/40 to the…"
Dec 21, 2017
Mark Upson replied to Mark Upson's discussion Armature scale and articulated fingers
"Excellent ideas! Thank you yet again:)  I think I have been convinced that latex(thick!) will be the direction I take. I like the hot glue idea, and I had never heard of Polymorph, super cool! I will try those solutions also. I actually have…"
Dec 21, 2017
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Mark Upson's discussion Armature scale and articulated fingers
"That's an excellent tip to use a string sheath to cover the fingers. I think in English it it called braided rope or string. I have some kite string somewhere so will have a look. Also Polymorph could be used for the palm, although hot glue is…"
Dec 21, 2017
jowanneke replied to Mark Upson's discussion Armature scale and articulated fingers
"Hi Mark, I've made realistic hands on 1/6 scale in the past, before I stopped puppetbuilding. I used liquid-latex build up, but not the normal latex, but enhanced so that it is thicker and you only need one layer. You can also sculpt wrinkles…"
Dec 20, 2017
Mark Upson replied to Mark Upson's discussion Armature scale and articulated fingers
"The idea that the hands would not be able to hold a pose had occurred to me also, and being 3D printed I'm not sure if a wire could be passed through easily, or if you would want to after spending all of that money."
Dec 20, 2017
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Mark Upson's discussion Armature scale and articulated fingers
"Something else to consider with the hands for sale on Etsy is that they may not be able to hold a pose in the way you need them to for stopmo, so you may need to put some wire down the fingers. "
Dec 19, 2017
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Mark Upson's discussion Armature scale and articulated fingers
"Both these suggestions seem very expensive to me. I think that sculpting and casting in silicone is likely to give you the best detail at 1/6th scale. Here's a pic of some hands I am doing at the moment. From the wrist to the top of the index…"
Dec 18, 2017
Mark Upson replied to Mark Upson's discussion Armature scale and articulated fingers
"Thank you again for all of the inspired and thoughtful responses! This site is amazing!! I had not considered making a larger scale set for close-ups until a few people offered that solution. And I also like the pre-made hands as an idea. Here is a…"
Dec 18, 2017
John Gehrke replied to Mark Upson's discussion Armature scale and articulated fingers
"Another idea is buying hands that someone else has modeled in silicone. I've been using these for my projects: http://www.stopmotionshop.com/hand-sets-69-c.asp"
Dec 16, 2017
Adam Taylor replied to Mark Upson's discussion Armature scale and articulated fingers
"Have you considered making a large scale set of hands for close-ups that are more detailed and smaller set for your other shots?"
Dec 15, 2017
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Mark Upson's discussion Armature scale and articulated fingers
"Here's Nick's video on the process. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MbF6m3BeGUQ 3d modelling sounds interesting, but I am not aware of a soft enough plastic that would do the job. Could it be possible to design a hand in 3d CAD then get…"
Dec 15, 2017
Mark Upson replied to Mark Upson's discussion Armature scale and articulated fingers
"Hi Simon, Thank you very much for the information! Can I assume then that not many artists use 3D modeled plastic hands and fingers? I would imagine it would be tough for them to hold a pose similar to the wire fingers. But to answer your question,…"
Dec 15, 2017
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Mark Upson's discussion Armature scale and articulated fingers
"Can you sculpt? If so, you can sculpt hands with quite a lot of detail in 1/6th scale, and these will work nicely. Assuming you have made your hand armature from twisted wire and milliput for the palm, you need to remember a couple of things. Where…"
Dec 14, 2017

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