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Making a toy into a puppet

Started this discussion. Last reply by Darius Stuart Jul 3. 6 Replies

So I’m making a satire film which involves bipedal frogs. I knew I would burn myself out making the puppets so I spent $25 on 12 5 inch rubber frogs. I figured I would just gut them and put wires…Continue

Mass producing heads

Started this discussion. Last reply by StopmoNick Jun 14. 16 Replies

I tried making my first 2-part mold for the first time, and made the rookie mistake of not making a key for the mold to pry open on the outside. Also, I used plaster of paris, so the mold inside the…Continue

Costuming

Started this discussion. Last reply by StopmoNick Jun 3. 5 Replies

I'm working a medieval film and will need to build armor and cloaks, and probably some shirts too, as well as pants. I literally have zero experience with sewing. Any tips? Also, how would you make a…Continue

replacing heads

Started May 28 0 Replies

Hey guys. I know a few of you attach puppet heads separate from the body so that they can be replaced or simply for ease. How do you do it?Continue

 

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Darius Stuart replied to Count Croc's discussion Making a toy into a puppet
"Here's something similar that I've been working on. I needed a skeleton hand that I could articulate so I bought this pair on Amazon for a couple of dollars. I only need the right hand so that saved me a little time. It's hard plastic…"
Jul 3
Jason Dedrick replied to Count Croc's discussion Making a toy into a puppet
"It's hard to visualize without pictures of the legs and the movement you want. Maybe upload a picture and this question might spurn some creative ideas. I am thinking without seeking it that Dremel tool might help channel a place for wire in…"
Jun 24
StopmoNick replied to Count Croc's discussion Making a toy into a puppet
"Maybe test some contact adhesive to see if it sticks.  I mostly use a spray glue that is made for upholstery to glue foam and fabric, which is a flexible contact glue. (3M No 74 or No 76, for years, but now a locally (Australian) made…"
Jun 23
Count Croc replied to Count Croc's discussion Making a toy into a puppet
"They are made of PVC rubber. What type of glue should I use?"
Jun 22
StopmoNick replied to Count Croc's discussion Making a toy into a puppet
"The best way is not to use toys, but start with the armature.  Since there are 12 of them, I presume all the same, making a mould and casting them makes sense.  So I would sculpt a frog, make a mould, and cast multiple frogs with a wire…"
Jun 22
Darius Stuart replied to Count Croc's discussion Making a toy into a puppet
"Perhaps you could slice the back of the leg lengthwise (being careful to go only halfway through) then inserting the wire inside and gluing the leg back together."
Jun 21
Count Croc posted a discussion

Making a toy into a puppet

So I’m making a satire film which involves bipedal frogs. I knew I would burn myself out making the puppets so I spent $25 on 12 5 inch rubber frogs. I figured I would just gut them and put wires into their legs. However, their legs are actually solid and I can’t get a wire through. This completely ruins my idea, so now I have to come up with some other ways to make them walk.1. Glue wire on outside, cover with small layer of latex and blend in with rest of body2. Try making them actual string…See More
Jun 21
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Jun 21
StopmoNick replied to Count Croc's discussion Mass producing heads
"Hi Ben, Claws:  Yes, epoxy putty from the hardware store.  Easy shapes to make, so the quick setting putty works fine, if I needed more sculpting time I would use Aves Apoxie Sculpt or similar, with 2 or 3 hours working time.   I…"
Jun 14
Count Croc replied to Count Croc's discussion Mass producing heads
"Use a longer setting epoxy so you have time to adjust. Also, pro tip : Don't use thermoplastic and cut the shape out after. I think I am unrecognizable by my left thumbprint because I accidentally cut half it off with a razor while making…"
Jun 14
Ben Young replied to Count Croc's discussion Mass producing heads
"Those were two awesome videos there, Nick! On a similar subject, in that first video, did I see you using epoxy putty to make the "claws" on that monster? If so, wow! That's a great idea, solves the problem I was having of giving the…"
Jun 14
StopmoNick replied to Count Croc's discussion Mass producing heads
"And here is Richard making latex skin.  Interesting, he uses some Friendly Plastic to hold the eyes and mouth wire in place, and it while it is warm it is soft enough to shape it to the latex.  Otherwise he casts the latex the same way I…"
Jun 4
StopmoNick replied to Count Croc's discussion Mass producing heads
"Here is a quick look at the process of moulding and casting a foam latex puppet - this creature is bulky and would not have worked as well in silicone.  It shows what is involved.  But a combination of sheet foam buildup, with some…"
Jun 4
StopmoNick replied to Count Croc's discussion Mass producing heads
"For foam latex, you need scales, a mixer, and an oven, as well as the foam latex kit.  I use it for full body monsters because it is much lighter in weight than silicone, easier to paint, and because I have had the set-up for doing it for many…"
Jun 4

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