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I'm watching StopmoNick's amazing youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uG-ZIOXZ7w and currently making both methods of a puppet head, one using a hardened interior (epoxy putty and in my case some bakable sculpey in place of the wood) with a dislocated jaw and the other with foam and dislocated jaw.

As in his video, I'm using latex with acrylic paint for the surface. After enough layers, my latex dries looking very glossy. The great puppets in StopmoNick's tutorial are much more matte, and I really want to figure out how to get mine more like this. Any tips? Are different brands of latex important here? I'm using Castin Craft Mold Builder liquid latex. 

THANK YOU!

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Thanks for the kind words, hope to see your results when the puppets are finished.

Glossiness.  Yes, know what you mean. Try dusting the latex with talcum powder when it is dry.  That takes away the tackiness, and also some of the shininess. I don't think it matters what the brand of latex is.  

You could also look at Richard Svensson's puppet making videos.  He uses a mix of applying liquid latex directly to the puppet like I do, and casting pieces of latex skin in a plaster mould and sticking that on.  That gives the kind of detail I get when I cast the puppet in foam latex or silicone, but the moulds for the skin are simple 1 piece moulds, so are easier to make.  And without the weighing, mixing, and baking required for foam latex.

The cast sections naturally come out matte, but he would have the same issues as he blends the edges in with liquid latex, and sometimes brushes over with a latex-paint mixture.

His Youtube channel is Bluworm:   https://www.youtube.com/user/bluworm

There are a lot of videos, and many tutorials showing how he makes his puppets.

He also has a Blog:   http://loneanimator.blogspot.com 

Thanks for your quick and helpful reply. I haven't been doing the talcum powder step, although I have seen you mention it in one of your other videos. I'm going to get some and hopefully that will make a noticeable difference.

I'm grateful for your recommendation of Richard Svensson. Another wormhole of incredible insight, tips, and tricks to dive into. I also have a few bat characters I'm working on for this project and he has a very informative video on making wings, using the latex casted strip method you mention here.

As always, endless thanks. Your openness and generosity sharing advice and feedback makes the sometimes grueling process of a non-commercial (also non-trained) creative animator much more optimistic and encouraging.



StopmoNick said:

Thanks for the kind words, hope to see your results when the puppets are finished.

Glossiness.  Yes, know what you mean. Try dusting the latex with talcum powder when it is dry.  That takes away the tackiness, and also some of the shininess. I don't think it matters what the brand of latex is.  

You could also look at Richard Svensson's puppet making videos.  He uses a mix of applying liquid latex directly to the puppet like I do, and casting pieces of latex skin in a plaster mould and sticking that on.  That gives the kind of detail I get when I cast the puppet in foam latex or silicone, but the moulds for the skin are simple 1 piece moulds, so are easier to make.  And without the weighing, mixing, and baking required for foam latex.

The cast sections naturally come out matte, but he would have the same issues as he blends the edges in with liquid latex, and sometimes brushes over with a latex-paint mixture.

His Youtube channel is Bluworm:   https://www.youtube.com/user/bluworm

There are a lot of videos, and many tutorials showing how he makes his puppets.

He also has a Blog:   http://loneanimator.blogspot.com 

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