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Tips on painting on silicone?

I use smooth-on dragon skin fx pro for making all my puppets and I feel like they always come out looking really good. The main problem I've found is when I try to paint them. I've been using psycho paint with silc pig and novocs as a solvent. I find when I paint without using a solvent the paint is really thick and won't stay in place, it will just follow gravity and mess up. But when I add the solvent, even using less then the recommended amount, it gets so thin that you can see through the…See More
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Evie Metz replied to Evie Metz's discussion Bubbles in silicone puppet head casting, mold or silicone issue?
"Thank you very much for clarifying, I didn't know you could pre-mix pigment into B, especially even for more than one head. Will be doing that now - so good to know! "
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Simon Tytherleigh replied to Evie Metz's discussion Bubbles in silicone puppet head casting, mold or silicone issue?
"Hi Evie I hope it is coming along. Often the trickiest thing is to understand the way any material behaves. Nick has said the important things.... I was just going to say that although I haven't tried it, I can see no reason why you should not…"
Thursday
StopmoNick replied to Evie Metz's discussion Bubbles in silicone puppet head casting, mold or silicone issue?
"Brush Strokes: The silicone does not usually show brush strokes, because after half a minute it starts to flow and run down the sides.  So I actually use a cheap hog bristle type brush that you would expect to show brush strokes.  It would…"
Thursday
Evie Metz replied to Evie Metz's discussion Bubbles in silicone puppet head casting, mold or silicone issue?
"Thank you so much for your insight and help. Do you have any recommendations for what tool to use when brushing those initial layers of silicone? Something that wont leave brush strokes... or will the second layer cover brush strokes? Also you…"
Thursday
Evie Metz replied to Evie Metz's discussion Bubbles in silicone puppet head casting, mold or silicone issue?
"Thank you for your continued support and guidance. Based on your notes, I think the bubbles are air in the silicone being caused both from stirring too fast (and not long enough) along with needed to paint at least three layers (rather than what I…"
Thursday

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Tips on painting on silicone?

I use smooth-on dragon skin fx pro for making all my puppets and I feel like they always come out looking really good. The main problem I've found is when I try to paint them. I've been using psycho paint with silc pig and novocs as a solvent. I find when I paint without using a solvent the paint is really thick and won't stay in place, it will just follow gravity and mess up. But when I add the solvent, even using less then the recommended amount, it gets so thin that you can see through the…Continue

Started by Matthew Kite in BEGINNERS yesterday.

Bubbles in silicone puppet head casting, mold or silicone issue? 7 Replies

Hi friends,Evaluating these two silicone casts made from ultra cal molds of a puppet head and trying to determine if the bubbles seen at the surface of the silicone is being caused by the mold surface or the mixing/pouring of the silicone? Are you able to tell by my attatched image? The image shows two heads, both from the same mold. It's hard to be certain, but I think the bubbles are not in the exact same place? I did use a brush to apply the first layer of silicone and then poured the…Continue

Started by Evie Metz in BEGINNERS. Last reply by Evie Metz on Thursday.

HALLOWEEN is the theme for STOPMO JAM 3. Deadline is SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 78 Replies

Get ready for STOPMO JAM 3!This time the theme is everyone's favorite stopmo time of the year: HALLOWEEN!So what is a STOPMO JAM?It is a series of short animated ideas that all relate to the theme. We've done Spring and Run in the past, this time it's Halloween!Puppets can be made of clay, paper,…Continue

Started by Anthony Scott in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by Metalmadcat on Tuesday.

Animation timer tool for iPhone 9 Replies

Hi all,At Röda roboten animation we have developed a tool for planning animation, especially stop-motion which is what we do most.It's an animator's stop-watch, but it also records the motion of your hand (the rotation) so you get a graph, much like a curve that you usually sketch on the x-sheet. It shows your motion exactly, with the speed and acceleration on every frame.If you think this could be useful in your work, have a look here:…Continue

Started by Staffan Erlandsson in ANIMATION TOOLS. Last reply by Hans Jacob Wagner on Tuesday.

Can someone help me with PC specs for RAW file editing? 8 Replies

Hello. I was wondering if someone on here could help me with my PC specs for editing RAW image files for my new Stop Motion. So I recently upgraded my PCs Motherboard and Processor because I thought I needed a new Processor to help make editing RAW image files easier, but even with my new processor my PC still struggles to play back the pics in the editing software. It's so laggy that I basically can't edit. Can anyone on here tell me why this is? Do I need an EVEN better Processor then the one…Continue

Tags: Stopmotion, Editing, PC

Started by Christian Cerepaka in STOP MOTION & COMPUTERS. Last reply by Hans Jacob Wagner Jul 17.

Whisper, Rustle trailer 2 Replies

Hey Stop mo folks,Here's the trailer for a recent non-narrative project I completed in the winter. I did make some animation puppets but a lot of the challenge was animating natural elements. Took me about 30 some tries to figure out how to crack an eggshell in more than a few frames.Continue

Started by Maureen Z in YOUR STOPMO FILM PROJECT. Last reply by Maureen Z Jul 15.

Moldy molds 6 Replies

Hi all, I recently learned to slush cast in latex. After about a week, one of my plaster molds grew mold (as in fungus) on the outside. It's definitely mold (a yellow coating with green spots), not mineral deposits. Has anyone else seen this before?Some info: It's plaster of Paris. I did use an old milk carton to mix the plaster---maybe I didn't clean it well enough. I've also been using corn starch instead of talcum powder for de-molding, so I wonder if that is feeding the mold.In the…Continue

Tags: mold, plaster, moldy

Started by Sal Elder in BEGINNERS. Last reply by Ben Owora Jul 14.

Sillicone skin on armature vs permenant casting 2 Replies

Hi! I'm developing a stop-motion puppet in silicone. I've been reading a bunch on this forum and the web, but can find no answers to my question.Basically, I've seen a lot of folks taking a whole armature and casting the entire thing in silicone to make a silicone puppet. I'm not sure if I want to commit to something so permanent, so I was wondering if anyone has made a hollow mold with a opening in it (let's say, in its back) or and wrapped the armature in a "skin" of silicone.So the end…Continue

Tags: padding, armature, puppet, skin, silicone

Started by rioforce in CASTING. Last reply by Hans Jacob Wagner Jul 13.

Blog Posts

My Production Diary for Jam #3 (H21-918) pg03 "Silicone Failures"

6-19-21 (147) - I bought Dragonframe 4 $338 (USD) with tax. Got a free upgraded license and a link to Dragonframe 5

6-28-21 (156) - Dragonframe controller arrives, much smaller than expected which is a good thing. I doubt I'll even use it since my current set up has my monitors away from the stage.

6-28-21 (156) - Since you do not need a set for the Jam, I will start working on the puppets first. I'm so lazy that I am reusing an old practice sculpt from last year. All I need to…

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Posted by Steve Copeland on July 12, 2021 at 6:30pm — 10 Comments

My Production Diary for Jam #3 (H21-918) pg02

H21-918 is the working title for the production. I came up with the real title as soon as I had my idea but revealing it now would be a spoiler.

H21 for Halloween 2021 and 918 for the deadline of September 18th but I'll be finished long before that date. (this is a lie)

4-1-21 (68)

Today is my self imposed deadline to finish a costume commission. I am not finished, and I decided to do more of the project then I intended and everything I am doing is taking twice as…

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Posted by Steve Copeland on June 19, 2021 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

My Production Diary for Jam #3 (H21-918) pg01

First blog ever so I'll try and keep from not writing a novel. I decided to do a small film for the Stop Motion Jam #3 and decided to start a blog about that journey. Not every day will be a post and not every post will be about the film but in the end isn't it all about the film and film making. Can I even call it a film? Here are the first few entries in the Production Diary: (the date of the entry then the day of the project counting up to the deadline)

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Posted by Steve Copeland on June 19, 2021 at 1:00pm

here is some info on the puppets I have

I dug in to the boxes of my dads puppets. They are all from commercials. Jeno's pizza italian chef, Jeno's pizza Roman chariot ( 21 heads and 4 puppets plus the chariot and horse), Nice n' soft, Magic Chef, Lipton tea bag hand boy (?), Spiffits, and a few miscellaneous single puppets. My dad was part of the team at Cascade and later at Sandler, Coast and Trio, that did the Pillsbury Doughboy but all that stuff was pretty popular. I found one unpainted head today that I'll keep.  I'll try and…

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Posted by Leigh Rayner on June 16, 2021 at 8:47pm — 4 Comments

 
 
 

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