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foam: ovens!

Started this discussion. Last reply by StopmoNick Jul 29. 2 Replies

heres one for all you foam-latex aficionados: whats  the simplest way to cook foam? Yes, I know there are online tutorials showing people knocking up ovens from insulating foam and plywood, but that…Continue

Tags: building, puppet, ovens, latex, foam

tentacles!

Started this discussion. Last reply by tam hinton Jul 29. 10 Replies

So, I'm making TENTACLES...Best type of silicone, anyone? (Or even, am i better sticking to foam latex?)Needs to be flexible, not too bouncy and resistant on the jointed armature, and ideally not too…Continue

Tags: puppets, tentacles, silicone, foam

cheapest armatures

Started May 31 0 Replies

Hey folkscheapest suppliers for armature components, anyone?for tiny joints i recommend: https://m.bonanza.com/booths/hnk_1they do seem to include the…Continue

big ball joints!

Started May 4 0 Replies

Hey gangdoes ANYONE know of a source of LARGER balls with LARGER holes? No-one seems to sell any metal ball with a hole bored larger than M3 and I need something like a 12mm ball rodded for an m4/ m5…Continue

Tags: armatures, joints, ball, balls

 

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StopmoNick replied to tam hinton's discussion foam: ovens!
"I agree. I have used a small toaster oven for some small moulds, like puppet heads.  It has a good range of temperatures and works well enough.  It lives in my workshop, not in the kitchen. My bigger oven is made from a former gas fired…"
Jul 29
Simon Tytherleigh replied to tam hinton's discussion foam: ovens!
"Get a secondhand fan oven off ebay, and don't use the kitchen one."
Jul 29
tam hinton posted a discussion

foam: ovens!

heres one for all you foam-latex aficionados: whats  the simplest way to cook foam? Yes, I know there are online tutorials showing people knocking up ovens from insulating foam and plywood, but that looks like a lot of work and probably costs more time and money than just getting a new oven.Would a small plug in cooker work, though? something like one of these:…See More
Jul 29
tam hinton replied to tam hinton's discussion tentacles!
"Thanks Simon, you're a veritable goldmine. Me, I'm decided: for my present purposes I'm buying a mixer and going back to my comfort zone of foam. Silicone looks wonderful, yes, interesting textures for certain things... but it looks…"
Jul 29
Simon Tytherleigh replied to tam hinton's discussion tentacles!
"I agree, if you have the facilities for foam latex. I used to do a lot for TV work, and we had a decent studio to operate in. I think the reason silicone is popular is partly because it is a table-top process - no stinky ovens and gummy mixers or…"
Jul 29
tam hinton replied to tam hinton's discussion tentacles!
"Ah okay. What a mine of useful information you are sir! Very much appreciated. Personally, I used to work with foam latex-then after a few years away, I come back to find that everyone seems to prefer silicone now. I have to say I'm not…"
Jul 29
Simon Tytherleigh replied to tam hinton's discussion tentacles!
"Have a look at another way to use basic silicone - the one-part builder's stuff - in a build-up method that might be adaptable to stopmo. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rBNCvOILwmc"
Jul 29
Simon Tytherleigh replied to tam hinton's discussion tentacles!
"Cushion foam is open-celled, so the silicone can flow into it and is absorbed. Silicone once set will not be affected. One of the greast things about silicone is that it won't shrivel or degrade over time, unlike latex. Are you aware that there…"
Jul 29
tam hinton replied to tam hinton's discussion tentacles!
"i'm happy to make my puppets in segments and assemble them, it doesnt have to be a one-piece mould. So build up with foam, add skin afterwards, Willis O Brien style- thats fine. Lots of ways to hide the joins on this design. But please just…"
Jul 28
Simon Tytherleigh replied to tam hinton's discussion tentacles!
"I think the watchword has to be - do it the simplest way possible! I use Platsil Gel 00 for puppet skins. This works well for me, and has retarders and thixo additives for when necessary. The only drawback is that it is a bit thick, when sometimes I…"
Jul 28
tam hinton replied to tam hinton's discussion tentacles!
"Thanks. That actually works surprisingly well! Maybe there's no need for all these expensive foams and silicons after all...still, I would welcome advice on the best silicone/foam for puppet making..."
Jul 27
Simon Tytherleigh replied to tam hinton's discussion tentacles!
"Have you watched bluworm's video on making a giant octopus? https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SQVcjFEoIMA He uses latex skins over cushion foam, and seems to get a good result. I have used flex foam inside a latex skin, and this works pretty…"
Jul 27
tam hinton replied to tam hinton's discussion tentacles!
"further to the above: what about polycraft/ flexo foam? Anyone tried it? Its very cheap! Does it require a latex skin? "
Jul 26
tam hinton posted a discussion

tentacles!

So, I'm making TENTACLES...Best type of silicone, anyone? (Or even, am i better sticking to foam latex?)Needs to be flexible, not too bouncy and resistant on the jointed armature, and ideally not too outrageous in price!See More
Jul 26
tam hinton posted a discussion

cheapest armatures

Hey folkscheapest suppliers for armature components, anyone?for tiny joints i recommend: https://m.bonanza.com/booths/hnk_1they do seem to include the odd dudd component but are happy to replace itBUTTheir largest joints are 3mmanyone got any leads for cheapest supplier of balls and ball joints, 6mm and above?See More
May 31
tam hinton posted a discussion

big ball joints!

Hey gangdoes ANYONE know of a source of LARGER balls with LARGER holes? No-one seems to sell any metal ball with a hole bored larger than M3 and I need something like a 12mm ball rodded for an m4/ m5 bolt rod, for a HEAVY armature.Cant believe how hard this is to find!See More
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