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Hello to all the good folks out there!

One crazy man and his dream. I would like to keep track all of my progress in one place and so will be adding to this blog as I go. Please scroll down and check it out:) Newest additions at the bottom.  I have, over the last year, been learning some of the magic and mystique of an art form that first inspired me as a kid watching Ray Harryhausen's skeleton warriors. I am doing this because I love it which has been attracting others who think the same way.

I use TEDCO Studios as a frame of mind, a form of initial focus point for the energy this adventure has been generating.  

I want to thank every person who posts, shares, helps and encourages others. I would not be able to have accomplished what I have in the last months learning character creation and stop motion and lighting without your help. I am truly grateful. 

I am not trying to be presumptuous or egotistical, just building my dream. 

Now that I have learned a few more etiquette guidelines for this site I will start posting the things I have been working on in a blog to try to keep things in order. Clearly visible in the picture of one of my workstations, you can see that I work my fingers to the bone in everything I do trying to learn as much as possible over the last few months from all you incredibly talented people out there. ;) Thank you all so much. Oh and the hand grenade on the desk is NOT promoting violence, nor is it my complaint department, it is my symbolic Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch. 

"One, two...FIVE"

Thanks for checking it out. The farther down you scroll, the better it seems to feel. Have a great day:)

Tim 

From wooden balls to wire eyebrows.

I would like to share my learning experience making latex puppet heads with images taken throughout the process as I learn step by step.

Wooden balls were found at the thrift shop that had a flat bottom.

 I used a combination of drill press and Dremel to clear out the eye sockets and a tiny piece of sand paper to smooth the edges. I notched the idea of teeth along the bottom edges with the edge of a file on a sharp angle. 


Test fitting the eye balls to make sure they have a good socket so the latex eyelids will be able to hold them snugly in place. Eyeballs from the good folks at Animationtoolkit.com

I then added the headgear which are twigs and little ceramic carrots (again from the treasure trove of the thrift shop) I couldn't resist trying out a possible shade of blue before applying he latex.

I tinted the latex blue with acrylic paints and thinned it a little bit with distilled water. In between coats and after the final coat of latex I dusted with talcum powder.

Painted on colours using acrylic paints mixed with ProsAide. Another dusting of talcum powder to reduce the tackiness that the ProsAide adds to the mix. I drilled the pupils with a micro drill bit and dropped a touch of india ink to the bottom of the hole.

A combination of sepia, cyan process and crimson acrylic inks and Black India ink were used to wash some life into their faces. Here, the three heads, sit perched atop the ball joint armature pieces also from the good folks at www.Animationtoolkit.com

and here they are in B&W.

Here are the feet made from pieces of an Armacreature kit from www.Animationtoolkit.com.

Here is the latest snapshot of this guy on the set.

Here is a quick test shoot with one of the new characters.

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Inside a bully

Here is an inside look at what lies beneath the clothes on this prototype character body. We sacrificed Al to the Muse and his head currently rests at the Studios of Shane Tweten of Standstallcreations who is sculpting in Monster Clay for casting in silicone.

Here Al's headless, sweaterless body provides a great opportunity to catch a glimpse of the Armacreature ball joint armature hiding inside from the good folks at www.Animationtoolkit.com. The latex is quite uneven on this guy because I played around with different techniques with varying results for torso, arms and skin. Thought it would be neat to show my solution to the body fat being so thick the skeleton was two inches from the skin.  I added an extra double ball joint and threaded arm with ball for the rigging to grab. When he is fully clothed there is a tiny slit at the back of his sweater to pop the ball through for rig work.

VERY FIRST LATEX BUILD UP

Norm's hands in built up latex were my very first adventure in latex build up puppet making started at the very beginning of my adventure seven months ago and now I have inked some additional details. The first few making of pictures were shot with a little camera phone so apologies on the picture quality.

Here, the hands are test fitted in place having received a paint job using acrylic paint for highlight colours mixed with a dab of latex.
 

Here are some pictures of one of the characters houses I am building.

Here is the latest addition to Mr Muffin's mansion, a pull string for the window shade.It is in the center of the window shade but looks off due to the angle of the picture.

Here are some pictures taken while playing around on the set.

Here are the newest developments of Mr Muffin's Mansion

and another house under construction for a significantly more cheerful occupant.

Brand new perforated steel tabletop thanks to the good folks at Westcoast Custom Sheet Metal.

Here are some more updates of the inside of Mr Muffin's mansion as seen through the upper floor window.

Here are a couple of pictures of one of the sliding set pieces for the opening sequence.

K&S brass tubing used to figure out character skeletons with easily exchangeable limbs and head for background characters with little motion needed.

I soldered the chest, hip pieces and feet together before covering in epoxy putty.

The magnets in the feet are just visible on the smaller puppet on the right whose feet have not yet received a wrap of epoxy putty.

Some aluminum armature wire, gauze, latex and eyeballs went together to create these fun creatures. The latex was tinted with acrylic paints for the base coat and then details were painted on using a mixture of acrylic paint and pros aide. My version of a one eyed, no horned flying purple people eater:)

A metal and latex prototype of an animatable flower with an aluminum stem,Metal details,

faux fur and bead stamen,

All held together with a latex covered sewing machine spool.

Test fitting the metal leaf details.

Here are a few shots of some simple eyebrows made from aluminum wire and latex. Once bent into a T shape, the wire frames are sprayed with spray adhesive (I love 3m) and wrapped in athletic foam. Once the foam is trimmed away, the resulting wrapped frame now has a much better surface for the latex to adhere to.

A quick coat or two of latex tinted with acrylic paint and they are almost finished. I am a huge fan of dusting with talcum powder when using latex. I even dust between layers to help smooth out finishes. (Note to self -  dust off powder before doing another coat of latex) Here are the eyebrow owners getting in on it. Never mind the bottles in the picture, it's latex and talcum powder:)

A quick coat of ProsAide mixed with acrylic paint provides a good topcoat that will stay on the latex and can provide whatever your final desired colour.

I will post a pic of the eyebrows in place soon.

l still have work to do but will continue to compile this creation here. Any advice, comments or critiques are much appreciated. Thanks for checking it out.

Cheers,

Tim

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Comment by Timmus on August 29, 2013 at 2:19pm

Please feel free to check out the TEDCO Studios Facebook page at

https://www.facebook.com/pages/TEDCO-Studios/1401147393432601

Comment by Clay Mara on October 12, 2013 at 4:18pm

This is really amazing work!

Keep up until you reach your dream,mate!

Clay Mara

Comment by Ed Riccardi on January 9, 2014 at 5:07pm

Great blog. Great art.

Comment by Adolfo Barbatelli on January 21, 2014 at 12:28am

Keep dreaming on! 

Comment by Timmus on January 21, 2014 at 1:30pm

Thans so much for the kind words everyone:)

Comment by Hairyhands on January 30, 2014 at 4:58pm

Beautiful work, love the details on the sets

Comment by Timmus on February 2, 2014 at 1:10pm

Thank you ceire 

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