Greetings everybody. I'm a newbie just getting started with stop motion. I'm trying to build clay puppets and animate them (similar to Gumby in style). I'm using Van Aken Plastalina clay and have…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by Scott DaRos Mar 30.
"Clay just needs some kind of texture or surface irregularity to grab on to. Have you tried braiding your wires? That's how i usually make my wire armatures. Just twist a few together with a drill. You can also add grab points to your wire…"
"I didn't answer the clay sticking question because I don't animate with clay, either. I sculpt with clay, but then I make a mould and cast in foam latex or silicone. I do warm the clay a bit to rough out the body shape, mostly…"
"I don't use clay myself, but looked up this issue in a book I have. It says you need to melt the clay (in a double boiler/bain marie) and then drip the stuff all over the armature. It recommends using dirty clay for this as it will be the…"
"Thank you both for all that SUPER helpful info. I really appreciate you taking the time to give me such awesome responses. I think my only real remaining question now is how the heck do claymation animators get their plastalina to stick…"
"Tripods - yeah, what Phil M said. I sometimes use a cheap tripod (well, very cheap, $8 from the charity shop, prob $30 - $40 originally) - as long as I can avoid touching it a medium weight and quality is ok. And if you are using a…"
"Blimey that's a lot of different subjects in there ... I will have a stab at answering a few of those for you ...
Firstly lenses - you will not go wrong with the old AI Nikkors for puppets of say 6 inches high a 35mms will do nicely for a good…"
Greetings everybody. I'm a newbie just getting started with stop motion. I'm trying to build clay puppets and animate them (similar to Gumby in style). I'm using Van Aken Plastalina clay and have been building simple wire armatures. My first question is, how do you get the clay to stick to the armature wire? When I try to sculpt my figure on top of the armature, the clay just keeps slipping off the wire. What are the best tips and tricks to get the clay to stay on?Also what are the best…See More
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