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Making bigger ball and socket joints (15nn - 17mm) from modeling tools?
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Hi there,I want to make some larger double ball and socket joints, with 15mm or 17mm balls. I'd usually purchase them, but I couldn't find anywhere that sells them. Perhaps theres a good reason…Continue

Tags: armature question, armature, Large balls, ball and socket, ball and socket armatures

Started this discussion. Last reply by Greyguy Oct 20, 2020.

Silicone painting with 'Tinsil Gel 10'.
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Hi everyone! I'm currently undertaking a project at university to make a stop motion plesiosaur puppet. The current plan is to cast into a polyester resin mould with a condensation cure silicone,…Continue

Tags: tinsil, puppet, painting, silicone, Casting

Started this discussion. Last reply by Greyguy Apr 5, 2020.

 

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Greyguy replied to Matthew Bradley's discussion Making bigger ball and socket joints (15nn - 17mm) from modeling tools?
"Hi MatthewThe material is 954 Aluminum / bronze Disadvantages Heavy but more machining can be done to deal with that I would make the swivel a separate tension than just one screw as you see hereThat way you can tighten it if you…"
Oct 20, 2020
Matthew Bradley replied to Matthew Bradley's discussion Making bigger ball and socket joints (15nn - 17mm) from modeling tools?
"Now thats the size I'm looking for. I'll definetly give it a trial go. Are there any disadvantages I don't know about to using larger ball and socket joints?  What metal are you using for the plates out of interest? Is it…"
Oct 20, 2020
Matthew Bradley replied to Matthew Bradley's discussion Making bigger ball and socket joints (15nn - 17mm) from modeling tools?
"Once again, thank you so much for your thorough and in-depth advice, this has been so helpful.   I'm going with silicone as this is the medium I'm most used to and have had success with. I also don't have access to the right…"
Oct 20, 2020
Greyguy replied to Matthew Bradley's discussion Making bigger ball and socket joints (15nn - 17mm) from modeling tools?
Oct 6, 2020
Greyguy replied to Matthew Bradley's discussion Making bigger ball and socket joints (15nn - 17mm) from modeling tools?
"when you get the tools make a quick joint and see in these will stay together for youI am making some 3/4"joints at the moment 19mm"
Oct 6, 2020
StopmoNick replied to Matthew Bradley's discussion Making bigger ball and socket joints (15nn - 17mm) from modeling tools?
"The balls used in the tools may be soldered onto the rods, just on the surface of the ball without a hole being drilled to insert the rod.  That would be strong enough for the intended use as a modelling tool, but might not be for an armature.…"
Oct 4, 2020
Matthew Bradley posted a discussion

Making bigger ball and socket joints (15nn - 17mm) from modeling tools?

Hi there,I want to make some larger double ball and socket joints, with 15mm or 17mm balls. I'd usually purchase them, but I couldn't find anywhere that sells them. Perhaps theres a good reason why?But to get to my question, would using 'metal ball modeling tools' work as the balls to my joint? (I'll attach image below).So my plan was, to purchase two packs of these tools, so as to get a matching pair of balls, cut them in half and create the metal plates to sandwich over them. My thoughts…See More
Oct 1, 2020
Greyguy replied to Matthew Bradley's discussion Silicone painting with 'Tinsil Gel 10'.
"this is one of the beat silicone caulking to paint tin siliconeSCS1203_1120.gif"
Apr 5, 2020
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Matthew Bradley's discussion Silicone painting with 'Tinsil Gel 10'.
"I have dealt with Neill's Materials, and they are a good company. I also use the Plat-sil to paint with, and like Nick, sometimes it works well,sometimes not. Naptha evaporates very fast, so you have to keep topping it up, I also use…"
Apr 3, 2020
Ethan Bartholomae replied to Matthew Bradley's discussion Silicone painting with 'Tinsil Gel 10'.
"I'm not familiar with Sil-Paint, but it sounds pretty similar to Smooth-On's Sil-Poxy. Neills Materials' website didn't have a ton of details about it so I'm not exactly sure how close to Sil-Poxy it is. Neills Materials…"
Apr 2, 2020
Matthew Bradley replied to Matthew Bradley's discussion Silicone painting with 'Tinsil Gel 10'.
"Hi Ethan, thank you so much for your input, it's given me lots of food for thought. I've given the silicone caulk a search, however I feel I'm going to struggle getting a hold of the right one given the current global situation! You…"
Apr 2, 2020
Ethan Bartholomae replied to Matthew Bradley's discussion Silicone painting with 'Tinsil Gel 10'.
"If you do search out silicone caulk to use be careful of the type that you get, there's several types of acetoxy silicones. Like Nick said, some are opaque white and much firmer durometer. I'm not sure about naming conventions with brands…"
Mar 31, 2020
StopmoNick replied to Matthew Bradley's discussion Silicone painting with 'Tinsil Gel 10'.
"The main advantage of tin silicone is that (I believe) it can be cast over latex.  So you can cast a puppet in foam latex, trim it back, and then cast a tin silicone skin over it.  Platinum won't cure if it comes into contact with…"
Mar 31, 2020
Ethan Bartholomae replied to Matthew Bradley's discussion Silicone painting with 'Tinsil Gel 10'.
"I've used a couple different methods to paint silicone, but primarily paint with the process you described; thinning a batch of silicone with naptha and silicone pigments. Now it's not necessarily true that platinum silicones won't…"
Mar 30, 2020
Matthew Bradley posted a discussion

Silicone painting with 'Tinsil Gel 10'.

Hi everyone! I'm currently undertaking a project at university to make a stop motion plesiosaur puppet. The current plan is to cast into a polyester resin mould with a condensation cure silicone, 'Tinsil Gel 10'. My question is, what is the best method, and the most inexpensive, to paint my cast? My favoured solution from what I've found would be to thin the silicone I have (Tinsil Gel 10) with naphtha (or lighter fluid) and add silicone pigments. However, the complications I have is I know…See More
Mar 30, 2020

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