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Is there a suitable material for this character?

Hello!
I live in a non-English speaking country. I'm speaking using a translator.
Please understand even if the sentence doesn't look smooth!



I'd like to make a Puppet, and I'd like to ask for your advice.

I will print the model with a 3D printer and make a Puppet using a mold.
Since we are going to make animal characters, I hope the head and body will feel the same material of the same material.
I hope the texture is opaque and modern like a resin figure.



The first material I thought of was silicon.
However, the texture of silicon is translucent and has a strong glossy feel.
Do you happen to know silicon that is flexible, soft and opaque?
Or do you know the appropriate material that can be painted opaquely on silicon?


Or is there any material that can be used more appropriately than silicon?

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Use a soft silicone like Smooth-On Ecoflex 00-30. (It is not ShoreA 30, which would be harder than 10, it is a different scale.)  The Shore 10A hardness is soft enough for very thin puppets, but these fat bodies will be too hard to bend with a 10A hardness.  A hardness of 0 might also be good - like Polytek Platsil Gel-0.  I haven't tried it so I don't know how it compares. 

The silicone is translucent, but when you add pigments to it, add some white pigment as well as the yellow, blue, or brown colours.  That will make it more opaque.  You won't see through it, but you might get a little light coming through the edges if you put a light behind the puppet.  

I made two Sumo wrestlers, the small one in silicone and the big one in foam latex.  I used strong backlighting on both puppets. The silicone puppet did glow on the edges a little, the latex puppet did not. The foam latex is softer and lighter weight, more opaque, and easier to animate, but it can get wrinkles on the surface when you bend it.  That would not suit this smooth style of puppet.  So, silicone is probably the best material to use.

If you cast the large bodies in solid silicone they will be heavy and hard to animate. Use some blocks of hard foam or balsa with your armature to give some solid bulk, then cast the silicone round it.

I was going to put a hard styrofoam in the chest and pelvis to stabilize it, then put a sponge inside the other side and add silicon only to the thin sheath!
It's good to hear that soft silicon can be made opaque. I'll test the rest myself.
I've been interested in form latex, but it's also tempting. It gives Puppet a warm atmosphere.

I knew for the first time that Balsa. Come to think of it, the one I used at the stop motion studio in my country was Balsa. That seems to be very useful.
It would be good to use on the chest and pelvis of the Puppet's body.
I thought I'd apply a thin layer of silicone, but I forgot that my fat body doesn't bend easily.
I just hope my silicon doll's waist bends well. I'll have to try it, thank you!

If you use soft foam inside the silicone, the rubber can soak into it and make it very stiff. So you may need to create a mould for the silicone skin that has the same shape inside as the balsa/styrofoam/soft foam.

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