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Casting Van Aken Clay

Started this discussion. Last reply by Strider Jul 27, 2016. 6 Replies

I've seen the process for making an Army of Gromits, and think it would be very useful for making my characters.  I would like to melt Van Aken Clay, and pour it into a silicone mold with an armature…Continue

Corel Software

Started this discussion. Last reply by Strider Aug 15, 2015. 2 Replies

I was just looking at Corel VideoStudio X8.  It has stop motion frame grab capability.  It can also connect to some DSLR cameras.Has anybody ever checked this out?  The price is low enough that…Continue

Aardman Cracking Animation Book Question

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Kerr Apr 3, 2015. 12 Replies

First of all this book has a lot of great info, two thumbs up to the authors.My question is I see something called maxi-plast rubber and Plastazote what are these two items?  Since the book is from…Continue

General Purpose Stop Motion Stage

Started this discussion. Last reply by StopmoNick Mar 3, 2015. 9 Replies

Looking through the Internet, Stop Motion Magazine, Stop Motion Books, etc., I've seen plenty of fantastic ways to build a stop motion stage.I would like to get thoughts from the people here that do…Continue

 

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Strider replied to Michael's discussion Casting Van Aken Clay
"I remember some people on the old board messing around with all those nasty toxic chemicals and I don't remember any of them ever saying it worked well. Usually they seemed to keep thinking that if they could find exactly the right way to do it…"
Jul 27, 2016
Michael replied to Michael's discussion Casting Van Aken Clay
"Thanks to both Strider and StopmoNick.  I had been looking at Smooth-On products for a while.  I guess I'll have to break down and buy some and I guess I will need the mold release too.  Little on the pricey side though, but…"
Jul 27, 2016
StopmoNick replied to Michael's discussion Casting Van Aken Clay
"I believe Monster Clay is sulphur free, so you can use either tin cure or platinum cure silicone (the fussy one) to make a mould from it.   But generally, tin cure silicone will work with most materials, and is the safer choice if you…"
Jul 26, 2016
Strider replied to Michael's discussion Casting Van Aken Clay
"Casting in urethane resin. I'll usually sculpt puppet heads or what have you from a polymer clay like super sculpey, then make one or sometimes several castings. If it's a big head I'll hollow-cast a thin skin and then backfill that…"
Jul 26, 2016
Daniel Brooks replied to Michael's discussion Casting Van Aken Clay
"Just out of curiosity Strider, If you don't use it for Clay what other purposes have you used silicone molds for?"
Jul 26, 2016
Strider replied to Michael's discussion Casting Van Aken Clay
"I've never cast clay in a silicone mold, but I have made a good few silicone molds and I'll at least get the ball rolling on the thread, if I can't give exactly the advice you're looking for. I usually use a silicone called Oomoo…"
Jul 26, 2016
Michael posted a discussion

Casting Van Aken Clay

I've seen the process for making an Army of Gromits, and think it would be very useful for making my characters.  I would like to melt Van Aken Clay, and pour it into a silicone mold with an armature already in the mold.Can someone recommend a good silicone rubber that will last a long time that I can make the mold from.  It would be a two part mold.  I would most likely sculpt the original characters out of Monster Clay.  Since I do not have a way of degassing the silicone, it would have to…See More
Jul 24, 2016
Strider replied to Michael's discussion Corel Software
"Same. I was willing to download the trial version and give it a spin, but I'm a Mac. And cheese. "
Aug 15, 2015
StopmoNick replied to Michael's discussion Corel Software
"Looks like it could be a useful all-in-one program.   It works with Canon EOS DSLRs, which are the most popular choice for animation anyway. It's Windows only though, so I can't test it. "
Aug 13, 2015
Michael posted a discussion

Corel Software

I was just looking at Corel VideoStudio X8.  It has stop motion frame grab capability.  It can also connect to some DSLR cameras.Has anybody ever checked this out?  The price is low enough that someone on a limited budget could get started in stop motion.See More
Aug 13, 2015
Michael replied to ChimeraPro's discussion Armatures
"I don't know where you are.  But here in the US I've been able to get most of the items from http://www.mcmaster.com/"
Apr 24, 2015
James Kerr replied to Michael's discussion Aardman Cracking Animation Book Question
"Hi Michael, I'm a pro animator based in the UK and have the 'Crackin' Animation' book. If I recall the book is quite old now and I suspect some of the materials they suggest using in the book have been super-seeded by better…"
Apr 3, 2015
Don Carlson replied to Michael's discussion Aardman Cracking Animation Book Question
"That actually happened during the Vinton class in 2012. We were all burning the midnight oil because we shot too many tests or weren't sure how to advance the story, and I wanted modular hands. The only thing that would do something like that…"
Mar 30, 2015
StopmoNick replied to Michael's discussion Aardman Cracking Animation Book Question
"Words of Wisdom, Don! " stores are closed and you have to find a solution from what is available to you in an immediate 3-foot radius around the work area without bumping the camera in the middle of a 300-frame shot." Ain't it…"
Mar 30, 2015
Don Carlson replied to Michael's discussion Aardman Cracking Animation Book Question
"I can't speak for my animator friend, but I'm big on researching materials and will spend hours scouring the internet for information about specific ingredients and processes with the goal of finding how technology used in industrial…"
Mar 30, 2015
Nick Herbert replied to Michael's discussion Aardman Cracking Animation Book Question
"The Plastazote it is referring to is the rigid variety. It is used for pretty much the whole core of the sheep. It's best feature is that you can pin into it and it will grip the pin. This means the whole core can be a rigging point if you use…"
Mar 30, 2015

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