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Building my first puppet and looking for advice.
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Hi,I'm completely new to stop motion animation and have recently decided to build my first puppet. I've been tinkering in my workshop machining up a ball and socket armature from scratch but as I…Continue

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Mike replied to Mike's discussion Building my first puppet and looking for advice.
"Thanks for the replies. StopmoNick, what you mentioned about using a soft mould with a hard master and vice versa is something I've never actually considered (and now seems quite obvious!). I've picked up a couple of different silicones to…"
Oct 5
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Mike's discussion Building my first puppet and looking for advice.
"DWR plastics sell platinum based silicone for mould making, and they sell a spray wax release agent, which makes it possible to cast silicone inside a silicone mould. The reason latex would take a long time to set, if at all, inside a 3D printed…"
Oct 4
Hans Jacob Wagner replied to Mike's discussion Building my first puppet and looking for advice.
"But for a first puppet I would recommend a quick build up on a wire armature. Just to get startet and try out the media!! And if you're comfortable in 3D and have a printer you could print parts of your figure, and "glue" them to the…"
Oct 4
Hans Jacob Wagner replied to Mike's discussion Building my first puppet and looking for advice.
"I always wondered if you couldn't use a 3D printet mould. Printing the negative should be just as easy as the positive?! But I don't know what flexible material you could use for the cast. Baking is out of the question I guess for most of…"
Oct 4
StopmoNick replied to Mike's discussion Building my first puppet and looking for advice.
"I've done a lot of mould making, but no 3d printing! The normal old-fashioned process is to sculpt the figure in plasticine (which is soft and can be dug out of a mould), make a mould from a hard material like plaster or fibreglass resin, then…"
Oct 3
Mike replied to Mike's discussion Building my first puppet and looking for advice.
"Ah ok, I realise I'm not being very clear (I've never actually done any form of mould making). So from the research I've done my process is going to look like this: 1. Sculpt and 3d print body sections. 2. Create mould of body part…"
Oct 3
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Mike's discussion Building my first puppet and looking for advice.
"Mike, you need to be more specific as to what you are looking for. I get my silicone for moulds from DWR plastics, but I use Plat-Sil Gel 00 for body parts. Liquid latex is what you need for most moulding applications. Widely available."
Oct 3
Mike replied to Mike's discussion Building my first puppet and looking for advice.
"Thanks for the responses. This all sounds like great advice. I think I'll bite the bullet and try out some mold making. I think sculpting and 3d printing is probably my best bet considering I already have quite a bit of experience with…"
Oct 3
Simon Tytherleigh replied to Mike's discussion Building my first puppet and looking for advice.
"I have used thin craft EVA foam to make a miniature helmet. I basically made a miniature cosplay helmet with the same methods as shown in the videos for full-size stuff. I coated it in PVA and used metallic paints. For rivets I put little blobs of…"
Sep 30
StopmoNick replied to Mike's discussion Building my first puppet and looking for advice.
"Fabric "mummy wrapping" strips could have a little latex soaked into them to stick them down, and make them want to pop back to the position you made them in. If they are wrapped fairly snugly that should work pretty well.  I think…"
Sep 29
Count Croc replied to Mike's discussion Building my first puppet and looking for advice.
"I've gotten pretty decent success using fabric with puppets. As long as the fabric is tight fitting, boiling shouldn't be too much of an issue. If you can sculpt well, I would recommend using silicone or foam latex. It's a lot easier…"
Sep 29
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Building my first puppet and looking for advice.

Hi,I'm completely new to stop motion animation and have recently decided to build my first puppet. I've been tinkering in my workshop machining up a ball and socket armature from scratch but as I near completion of the skeleton, I'm starting to lose confidence in how I should complete the puppet.I'm not expecting perfection, being my first puppet but I'd like as much control of the final result as possible. I guess what I'm looking for is advice on the various options of finishing the puppet…See More
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