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Choice of sculpting materials for moldmaking

Started by Sal Elder in STOPMO NEWBIES 14 hours ago. 0 Replies

Hello, I haven't done any moldmaking but would like to try it. I've seen Nick Hilligoss's great video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fWdZnQRzB0. My understanding is that I'll sculpt in one medium (eg NSP) and use another (eg water-based clay) to define the two halves of the plaster mold.My question is, is there a rule for deciding whether the two clays will stick to each other? In the video it seems important that NSP doesn't stick to the water-based clay.Continue

Tags: clay, water-based

Making bigger ball and socket joints (15nn - 17mm) from modeling tools?

Started by Matthew Bradley in ARMATURES. Last reply by Greyguy 14 hours ago. 6 Replies

Hi there,I want to make some larger double ball and socket joints, with 15mm or 17mm balls. I'd usually purchase them, but I couldn't find anywhere that sells them. Perhaps theres a good reason why?But to get to my question, would using 'metal ball modeling tools' work as the balls to my joint? (I'll attach image below).So my plan was, to purchase two packs of these tools, so as to get a matching pair of balls, cut them in half and create the metal plates to sandwich over them. My thoughts were, these are smooth, large enough balls, readily available, with a metal rod already attached, so they would surely be perfect? The packs of tools would be a relatively inexpensive solution, as they're only for one off joints. And I would use the other various size tools in the pack to make the other joints for the puppet.This armature is to go into a rather large(ish) silicone whale puppet, so I'd need fairly robust joints as sperm whales are quite thick in the tail annoyingly. The whale puppet is to be 47cm in length and it's not just going to be silicone, it'll be padded out with foam. I also want a really soft foam, but I think thats a question for another thread. Any help or advice at all relating to this (or unrelated if you like) would be hugely appreciated!Continue

Tags: armature question, armature, Large balls, ball and socket, ball and socket armatures

Shoes and cloths

Started by Tatu P in HAIR & COSTUME. Last reply by jennymadsan yesterday. 5 Replies

I just found this great artist in Instagram.Great detailled clots and props by Tatiana Bugai @ http://stripedboxdolls.com/She is sharing good how to make videos too:https://www.youtube.com/user/francisnoemieContinue

Tags: gloves, shoes

Stop motion animation terminology glossary

Started by Alexandros in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by Alexandros on Friday. 1 Reply

Hi all!Im new on this forum!I am studying in a field closely related with stop motion animation and as a student I have some inquiries.But,first of all,I considered it a good idea for beginners to make a terminology-related glossary,so to be more easy for someone to search the particular content or materials on internet.I will start with some terms from my own knowledge and research:Stop motion glossary,related with preproduction<<scratch>> track=a rough soundtrack of yourself or friends doing the dialog.rough soundtrack=?(I havent find a definition for this yet)voice-overs=recorded sound of artists voicess jobs that are generally more financially rewarding than most acting jobs(this applied specifically for commercials)stop motion glossary related with sound breakdown:sound breakdown:the process,where we have load the recorded audio file of ourselvers/our friends sound into our sound editing program<<scrubbing our sound file>>=a process with our computer mouse click into our sound editor program?Continue

Tags: glossary

Dragon Frame EOS LIVE VIEW CORRECTION CAP

Started by Miguel Angel "Chiyu" Helu in CAMERA & STAGE. Last reply by StopmoNick Oct 14. 1 Reply

Hello everyone, Recently I got some vintage Nikkor lenses but my live view looks awful! Has anyone haveexperience with Eos Live view correction cap? I am wondering if this will be the solution to my problemThank you! Screen%20Shot%202020-10-14%20at%204.13.18%20PM.pngSource: https://www.dragonframe.com/product/eos-live-view-correction-cap/ Continue

Tags: eos, nikkor, lens, vintage, dragonframe

[PODCAST] The folks behind Animation Wild Card & How to Get Involved

Started by Mozen in CHAT BOARD Oct 13. 0 Replies

Hi there,You may have seen some of the episodes from Animation Wild Card - they heavily feature stop mo work, since all the co-creators are stop mo artists.If you haven't, here's a chat with them about why they created the project and how to get your work in an episode:https://soundcloud.com/animation-podcast/episode-87-everything-you-wanted-to-know-about-animation-wild-card-and-the-people-behind-it-Check out Animation Wild Card's website: animationwildcard.com/-Follow Animation Wild Card on Instagram: www.instagram.com/animationwildcard/-Watch episodes on YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UC9bQObmETgvDu8io2KwBmuwContinue

Baking Epoxy putty and Polymer Clay Together

Started by Joshua Hurtado in STOPMO NEWBIES. Last reply by StopmoNick Oct 13. 14 Replies

Hello,I was wondering if baking epoxy putty and polymer clay together would be hazardous. I was planning on using epoxy putty over wire to make the armature for a rocking chair and then coat it with polymer clay.Continue

Tags: clay, polymer, putty, epoxy

Bearings for moco camera head

Started by Tatu P in ANIMATION TOOLS & EQUIPMENT. Last reply by Richard Pender-Brookes Oct 13. 35 Replies

Hello wise board of SMA! I am planing to make simple moco unit with Arduino system. I got great help from previous post about the subject and from Simon Tytherleighs comments.Things have developped plesant ways since last time I looked to this subject. Seems that it is possible to do system with ~400€! One thing what puzzles me is bearings of pan and tilt head. I am planning to make U shaped one. Have you used some axial ball bearing for Pan? Maybe something like this:https://www.vxb.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=Kit7852Or do you have it without any bearings, just wax or something?How about Tilt?Thank you,-TatuContinue

Stickybones - Any experience or recommendations?

Started by Shakycow in ARMATURES. Last reply by Jaylon Kreiger Oct 13. 5 Replies

With all of their Indiegogo backers receiving their armatures and their official launch a couple of weeks ago, I've been seeing advertisements and rough reviews almost everywhere... but very little actual animation. Mostly just unboxings, a display of range of motion, and random pose tests.I'm curious if anyone here had any experience working with one and if they'd be worth the price or if I'd just be better off getting a similarly priced (or slightly more expensive) b&s armature to do exercises with.Continue

Tags: Stickybones

Face armature

Started by Hani in ARMATURES. Last reply by Greyguy Oct 13. 9 Replies

Hi guys,I'm working on my new puppet film and this time the characters have dialogues, which I haven't done before. The puppets are made from silicone and I'm looking for a face armature, something like they made in Corpse Bride (in the pictures).I think it has a kind of organic feel, and the puppet's face can be made from silicone in one peace.So I wanted to find out more about this method before I turn to 3D printing or other replacements methods.Do you guys know who makes these armatures or can explain about this method and it's pros and cons?Thank you,Continue

 
 
 

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Choice of sculpting materials for moldmaking

Hello, I haven't done any moldmaking but would like to try it. I've seen Nick Hilligoss's great…See More
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Greyguy replied to Matthew Bradley's discussion Making bigger ball and socket joints (15nn - 17mm) from modeling tools?
"Hi MatthewThe material is 954 Aluminum / bronze Disadvantages Heavy but more machining can be…"
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Matthew Bradley replied to Matthew Bradley's discussion Making bigger ball and socket joints (15nn - 17mm) from modeling tools?
"Now thats the size I'm looking for. I'll definetly give it a trial go. Are there any…"
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Matthew Bradley replied to Matthew Bradley's discussion Making bigger ball and socket joints (15nn - 17mm) from modeling tools?
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