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Sculpture material of puppet hands

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Tytherleigh Jan 31. 7 Replies

Hi,I am going to make silicon hands for my foam latex puppet. I am wondering which material I should use to make the hands sculpture, which I need more details and smooth skin. I guess it may have…Continue

Shining skin on foam latex

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jet Zhang Dec 20, 2019. 5 Replies

Hi,I made a search on Celebrity deathmatch series. I found the older version puppets were definitely made from foam latex with lots of wrinkles. While the newer puppets looked like made of foam latex…Continue

Beaver sculpture need suggestions.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jet Zhang Jun 4, 2019. 7 Replies

Hi,I am making a beaver puppet for my online kids show demo. The character will combine real beaver with cartoon style. It is my first time trying to make an animal. The beaver's legs are big…Continue

Respirator for working with foam latex

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Krysa Mar 15. 5 Replies

Hi, I am going to use MonsterMaker's foam latex to cast characters this time. I used GM's before. The quality is good but the smell of ammonium (or some other chemicals) made my throat painfull each…Continue

 

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James Krysa replied to Jet Zhang's discussion Respirator for working with foam latex
"Thanks for the answer Jet.. yeah I thought so..  good luck with your own experiments.. I'm not really enjoying doing this myself so far, it's been one problem after another.. I just want to get back to doing the animation..  "
Mar 15
James Krysa replied to Jet Zhang's discussion Foam Latex or Silicone, need some suggestion. thx
"Yeah I hear you Jet..  I'm thinking I need  a shed next if I'm going down the foam latex rabbit hole.. there's so much outlay and factors to do this.. Simon did warn me recently.. I'm looking at the armaturenine.com now…"
Mar 9
Jet Zhang replied to Jet Zhang's discussion Respirator for working with foam latex
"I think it is better not in flat. I tried many times before and each time I got burning throat for days. It is not that harmful but definitely not good to your health. Garage or shed will be better, which I will try soon in my garage."
Mar 9
Jet Zhang replied to Jet Zhang's discussion Foam Latex or Silicone, need some suggestion. thx
"Thank you Kathi ! The silicone coated foam latex puppet is quite complicated for me, even I had some experience of foam latex puppet. I will try it when I find the way to tint silicone easily. Foam latex is good for non-shining surface like clothes,…"
Mar 9
Kathi Zung replied to Jet Zhang's discussion Foam Latex or Silicone, need some suggestion. thx
"For fingers that poke through,  you can coat the ends of the wire in latex base first, let it dry and then cast the armature in your mold with foam latex.   For making a lightweight puppet in silicone, why not cast it in a fluffy foam…"
Mar 9
James Krysa replied to Jet Zhang's discussion Foam Latex or Silicone, need some suggestion. thx
"I found this very interesting to read, as I'm trying to learn the foam latex puppet approach next.. thanks guys.."
Mar 8
James Krysa replied to Jet Zhang's discussion Respirator for working with foam latex
"jeez I'm probably going to end up killing myself next working with this foam latex, or is it, latex foam, so a fume mask and a fan is essential and window, can I be doing this in the house, or do I have to dedicate a space outside, like ideally…"
Mar 8
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Jet Zhang's discussion Sculpture material of puppet hands
"Well, practise on a simple mould first. Here's what you need to do, assuming it is a hand or similar that requires a two part mould. First you surround the sculpt with soft clay up to the level of halfway. I like to use water clay (which does…"
Jan 31
Jet Zhang replied to Jet Zhang's discussion Sculpture material of puppet hands
"Thank you Simon. I made some plaster molds before, but I always worry about the details and air bubbles on the surface. While I really saw someone made very detailed plaster molds for silicone. I need more practice I think."
Jan 30
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Jet Zhang's discussion Sculpture material of puppet hands
"Sculpey firm might be better to work with than super Sculpey.  If you are making a silicon mould for silicon pieces, then use a harder silicone for the mould and make sure to use release agent. But why not use plaster for the mould? Hard…"
Jan 30
Jet Zhang replied to Jet Zhang's discussion Sculpture material of puppet hands
"Thank you for these great suggestions! I will try both: NSP (firm) and Super Sculpey. Luckily I can get both in Toronto. The reason to try Sculpey is I never worked on it. I watched a lot of 'how to' videos on Youtube. The way to work with…"
Jan 28
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Jet Zhang's discussion Sculpture material of puppet hands
"Don't use plasticine, as it contains sulphur and will inhibit the silicone. But Chavant is good, and Monster clay too."
Jan 26
maddogmovies replied to Jet Zhang's discussion Sculpture material of puppet hands
"Work backwards from the end product. You want silicone (soft) hands. That means a hard mold. If you make a hard mold, it should be against a soft sculpture material. So you would NOT want baked Sculpey. I recommend plasticine or monster clay. You…"
Jan 25
StopmoNick replied to Jet Zhang's discussion Sculpture material of puppet hands
"Monster Clay is good for sculpting fine detail, and is sulphur free.  It seems to have more wax in it than most clays.  Chavant NSP is also good.   Super Sculpy is a bit different to sculpt with.   I find it hard to work with, if…"
Jan 12
Jet Zhang posted a discussion

Sculpture material of puppet hands

Hi,I am going to make silicon hands for my foam latex puppet. I am wondering which material I should use to make the hands sculpture, which I need more details and smooth skin. I guess it may have two choices: 1. Firm Plasticine (NSP)2. Super Sculpey I saw some youtube videos (maybe Claykids) on how to make mold for hands. Their hands are very detailed but the color is more like Super Sculpey.Does anyone have experience with this?Thanks!See More
Jan 9
Jet Zhang replied to Jet Zhang's discussion Shining skin on foam latex
"Thank you guys! I will try these methods if I can find the materials in Canada, and will post my progress then. Merry Christmas and happy new year!"
Dec 20, 2019

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At 8:51am on February 2, 2019, playground pictures said…

wow cool puppets! love them

great work!

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