Hi ! :-)
Ho, I even don't know how to call that since english isn't my mother tongue!
What's the name of this object that on the left? a "rig?"
I'd like to know how you attach it to the character? What's on the extremity of the rig (magnet? screw?) Is that something you must think about before creating the puppet so that you place the "nuts" on the body to screw the rods ?
I've done puppets and started shooting the film, but sometimes you need the "plug" of it on the back, sometimes under the right feet, sometimes on the chest etc.. It always changes.
Also, is that me or that "rig" must be seriously heavy? My characters are very light, but still, if the "arm" is a bit too long, it falls due to the character's weight and the center of gravity being changed.
I tried to glue a piece of iron/steel on the body and put a magnet on the "rig". failed.
I tried to attach it with wire. failed.
I tried to glue the arm. failed.
It's not that easy. :-) How would you do with an already-made puppet.
"Support rig" is a good term.
I generally add a screw nut or equivalent to the armature near the hips. Then the support rig arm will have a screw on the end of it that screws in to the nut.
How to do it depends on the puppet. Some can be retrofitted with a nut.
The rig base either needs to be heavy or screwed to the set to prevent tipping over.
For small, light puppets, I poke some armature wire into the puppet. You need 2 wires, if it is only one, the puppet can rotate. If the head is heavy, it would spin so it is hanging upside-down! I sharpen the end of 2 strands of armature wire, and just stab the puppet, into the upholstery foam or foam latex. The holes will close up when the rig is removed, mostly. I don't know if I would do that with silicone. But silicone would be heavy and need a stronger, ball and socket rig.
For heavier puppets, I fit a rod with a ball on the end into the puppet. Then, the rig has 2 plates on the end that grip the ball. That way it can rotate from close to the puppet. There could be a threaded hole in metal inside the puppet to screw it into. With the last flying puppet, there was only a wood block in the hip, with a hole drilled in it. I had a ball on a smooth shaft, and I had to glue it in place with epoxy to make it stay tight without turning.
For the base of my rig, I used a small vice that is usually used with a drill press. It is very heavy, and can grip a piece of wood or metal, whatever your rig is made of.
Ok thank you! :-)
This is what I thought, best is to think about it early in the production. First time I'm doing stop motion so I can't think about everything. Good idead with the two wires, might maybe work will try.
Thank you for your advices, if other ideas come up, feel free to share them!
Cheers and thanks
When I make a rig for a puppet I always use square brass tube. You have them in different sizes, each smaller size fits perfectly in the size above. That way you can use a big one for the puppet, and make the end of the rig with a smaller size. Because it is square it won't turn the puppet upside down. I glue the tube for the rig itself on twisted wire or ball and socket rig.
Here you see the brass square tube soldered to the lower spine. If you have a corner where the hips begin for example, that would be a better (stronger) place.
For puppets made out of some other material, I guess you could make a cover part (a button, or maybe a cloth patch) with a piece of smaller brass tube. So when you place it in the square, it would cover the hole. If this makes sense :)