Just finished my first project--3 minute Claymation with 95% of the work done post, but I am happy with it. The issues with clay are well documented here and I agree, but I don't see how I could get all the facial expressions I would need with a silicone puppet. I want to make a hybrid with all BUT the head being silicone. I haven't found any tutorials on this. Any tips, issues, etc.? would I do it all in silicone, but just do a smaller head shape that I can add clay over? Any cautions of which silicone rubber, or foam latex, materials work well with clay?

My clay puppets all had aluminum wire armatures inside them.

Thanks for any input. --Also if you know of any tutorials out there that cover this, that would also be greatly appreciated.

All the best,

Gregg 

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I prefer to overfill the open halves of the mould and then close it up, squeezing the excess out, as the Platsil does not have many minutes working time even when retarded. Then only a small amount, if any, will need to be poured. If possible one should have a separate hole for air to escape through. This can be done in e.g. the top of the head if doing a head. But the overfill method helps to exclude air bubbles especially in areas like fingers.

Just looking again at your original post for this thread, the challenge would seem to be how to make a clay head that's not too heavy. Have you considered making the head rigid except for the mouth area, then using a press mould to make mouths in soft clay? This might solve the weight issue.

A great blog here, showing steps in making replacement mouths. Joshua-flynn.blogspot.co.uk

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