I'm new in this site.
I will be in London for two weeks in January. And i was wondering if any of you know of you know of any places near London city to buy some newplast oil clay. I know that's the one Aardman uses on their animation so i wanted to try some.
Also i was trying to find some place to buy some rigging supplies, armatures, etc.
I only found this page, but it's online, any other web page you recommend, or any other place I could go?
thanks for the info.
Aluminium armature wire, Newplast, and many other propsmaking supplies, can be found at this site:
They give their address as:
Flint Hire & Supply Ltd, Queens Row, London SE17 2PX - tel 020 7703 9786
I live in Australia so I have never bought from them.
Two suppliers I know of in England (not sure offhand if they're in London) are Alec Tiranti and Screenface:
Tiranti is in London I see - not sure for Screenface - they mention Covent Garden and St Martin's Courtyard - you could easily google them and find out. Tiranti's is a sculpting supplier, and Screenface is a movie makeup supplier. The main thing you'd want from Tiranti's is armature wire - I understand they carry a very rare square wire (not that you'd necessarily want that - I'm just sayin') - and sculpting tools and clays and casting/moldmaking materials (I see they do carry Newplast), and from Screenface foam latex and silicone and related supplies, including colorless face powder for powdering the puppets after painting. Also pros-aide for making the paint (if you're painting latex). I see they have the No-Tac pros-aide, which is the way I'd go. Supposedly doesn't require powdering, but I find it still does, though it's not nearly as sticky after drying as regular pros-aide (at least if it's similar to the pros-aide substitute acrylic adhesives I've been using).
Ok, I got bored and checked - Screenface has 2 locations, both in London - the main office at Notting Hill and one in Covent Garden. Here's a page with the addresses listed: http://www.screenface.co.uk/c/our-shops.htm
I didn't mention it in the last post, but of course for rigging you can use thick armature wire (from Tiranti's). Personally I don't know of any brick and mortar store where you can walk in and buy armature parts or kits. I think those are mostly just online, though I could be wrong. I believe there's a Griffyn or Griffin (some spelling like that - wish I could remember) Armatures somewhere in England - probably London, but no idea where and can't find any reference to it online so far. I wonder if MacKinnon and Saunders have a shop somewhere? Ok, on second thought - I guess not. They make puppets for top end professional productions, they don't cater to the average basement stopmotionist wanting to pick up a prefab armature kit.
thanks stopmonick i will look into that adress, i will be checking that info on line, good for me i have still a little time i‘m going to london next week
Strider...thanks a lot for all the information, i will look in to all that, some of them will help me a lot. Once i‘m there i now have options to look for differente supplies, and still im going to use some of the ones on the web pages.