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Positionable eyes in sculpy head...

Started this discussion. Last reply by StopmoNick May 6, 2013. 2 Replies

I'm building a cartoony robot puppet out of sculpey and am trying to figure out how to work in the eyes such that they are possitionable. Best I can come up with is building it in two halves with the…Continue

Brush on Silicone?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nadia May 12, 2013. 9 Replies

Hello, I'm starting to build my first wire armature puppet and, for a variety of reasons have decided to go for a build up method as opposed to casting. My question concerns silicone vs latex. Latex…Continue

Paper mache tip

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lauren Schmidt Aug 24, 2013. 1 Reply

I'm a serious novice with stop mo but I would like to offer a suggestion for a paper mache technique you folks might find useful:…Continue

 

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Lauren Schmidt replied to Steve Walther's discussion Paper mache tip
"I recently purchased the book "Creating Animal Sculptures Using Paper Mache Clay" by this same artist and it is very useful! You can achieve a great amount of detail using this form of paper mache clay. "
Aug 24, 2013
Nadia replied to Steve Walther's discussion Brush on Silicone?
"I agree with Anna.  If this is your first time with building, focus on Latex.  It's certainly cheaper and easier to start with. If you're worried about the decay, my sugesstion is to try pouring a mold rather than a build up, at…"
May 12, 2013
Anna Glanton replied to Steve Walther's discussion Brush on Silicone?
"If you want to work with silicone the best thing is to cast it. Painting it on is very tricky and can have unreliable results along side the fact that it doesn't like to stick to anything unless you treat the surface with Gi primer or have alot…"
May 11, 2013
StopmoNick replied to Steve Walther's discussion Positionable eyes in sculpy head...
"My eye beads are something like styrene plastic I suspect.  I buy them second hand at markets, as strings of white plastic beads.  And what I found was, leaving them embedded in unbaked sculpey for a few days, the beads started to dissolve…"
May 6, 2013
Sean O'Hara replied to Steve Walther's discussion Positionable eyes in sculpy head...
"Maybe I'm reading it wrong, but I don't see why you don't just build the head as normal with the beads imbedded/ encased in the Sculpey? It bakes at a low enough temperature that most beads shouldn't have any issues."
May 6, 2013
Steve Walther posted a discussion

Positionable eyes in sculpy head...

I'm building a cartoony robot puppet out of sculpey and am trying to figure out how to work in the eyes such that they are possitionable. Best I can come up with is building it in two halves with the beads sandwiched between. I guess I'll need to line the sockets with rubber or something to hold the beads in place when positioned. I'm trying to avoid an "open" socket look like a skull otherwise I'd just stick them in place with a little plasticine. Anyone try anything like this? Thanks in…See More
May 6, 2013
Ron Cole replied to Steve Walther's discussion Brush on Silicone?
"There are additives for silicones from Polytek called 'PlatThix' and 'TinThix' which thicken their silicones to make them into a brushable gel. I've used PlatThix and it works great! The amount you add to the silicone mix is…"
Apr 30, 2013
Steve Walther replied to Steve Walther's discussion Brush on Silicone?
"Will do!"
Apr 30, 2013
StopmoNick replied to Steve Walther's discussion Brush on Silicone?
"Can't find imove at the app store, except for one in Japanese that is some kind of medical app. The search function is terrible, if you mis-spell by one letter you get no results. Are you sure about the name?"
Apr 30, 2013
Steve Walther replied to Steve Walther's discussion Brush on Silicone?
"Yeah, without the separate controller, imotion is only so useful and apple being who they are, you are stuck with the built in camera which only in the latest generation ipad became at least reasonable. I look at it as a fun way to do something arty…"
Apr 30, 2013
StopmoNick replied to Steve Walther's discussion Brush on Silicone?
"Thanks for that mention of iMotion. I don't have an iPhone or iPod, and there is no way to connect my DSLR, so I would probably be restricted to using it's own camera. But possibly it could gauge the move, while I also took a shot with the…"
Apr 30, 2013
Steve Walther replied to Steve Walther's discussion Brush on Silicone?
"Thank you very much for such a detailed reply, it really set me straight. I think I'll start simpler with a robotish puppet and not worry, at least initially about getting into skin for it. Thank you again. On an unrelated note, I noticed in…"
Apr 30, 2013
StopmoNick replied to Steve Walther's discussion Brush on Silicone?
"I find silicone more difficult to control.  It has a sort of slow flow quality - you brush it on the side of a mould, and even if it's fairly thick, it very very slowly flows down to the bottom.  Brush it up again, it flows back.…"
Apr 28, 2013
Steve Walther posted a discussion

Brush on Silicone?

Hello, I'm starting to build my first wire armature puppet and, for a variety of reasons have decided to go for a build up method as opposed to casting. My question concerns silicone vs latex. Latex seems perhaps a bit easier to work with but I really have a hard time stomaching the idea of the puppet deteriorating over time. Can i achieve good, workable results with brushed on silicone on head/ hands or am I barking up the wrong tree? I'm having trouble finding a guide on this specific…See More
Apr 28, 2013
Steve Walther replied to Anthony Scott's discussion Please Introduce Yourself
"Hello Friends, I'm a 40 something hobbyist in the US. I have a back ground in various art forms but am only just now making a foray into stop motion. This site is a wonderful resource and I would just like to thank any and every one who make it…"
Apr 28, 2013
Steve Walther posted a discussion

Paper mache tip

I'm a serious novice with stop mo but I would like to offer a suggestion for a paper mache technique you folks might find useful:http://ultimatepapermache.com/paper-mache-claySee More
Feb 7, 2013

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I made a discussion about camera equipment previously, and I still remember all the lessons I learned about cameras, lenses etc.I am just a bit confused with my lenses.  My grandpa gave me two lenses. (it's in the pictures) It came from a Nikon SLR.…Continue

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Started by Ben Tobin in NEWBIE CORNER. Last reply by Don Carlson on Tuesday. 15 Replies

Hi, I'm really new to stop motion and have been trying out various frame rates but am mostly sticking to 24p for no particular reason.  after my first couple of attempts I switched to shooting in/on twos (1photo for 2 frames) as I have read that a…Continue

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Started by Varg Ossian in NEWBIE CORNER. Last reply by Varg Ossian on Tuesday. 7 Replies

What to Practice? What to Focus on?Stop motion, is unique in that it requires a considerable amount of materials and skills in order to create... something... anything. So what specific aspects should I practice on in order to become good, or even…Continue

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