Category: Stop-Motion

Building A Better Hedge Knight: Part 4

My stop-motion hedge knight, Sir Duncan The Tall, is now pretty much complete. His head and mouth can move as well as his legs, arms and fingers. He still needs a few props, so I build him a sword out of Sculpey and a… Continue Reading “Building A Better Hedge Knight: Part 4”

Building A Better Hedge Knight: Part 2

Yesterday I got my stop-motion puppet roughed in and today I need to add some feet to it. I cut basic shapes out of cardboard and hot glue them to the foot dowel, but unfortunately, since I have no actual plan to work from,… Continue Reading “Building A Better Hedge Knight: Part 2”

Building A Better Hedge Knight: Part 1

I created my last stop-motion puppet with an armature of pencils and tape and while it was somewhat successful, it now seems to be pretty brittle. I really wanted to refine some of those ideas… so I built another one. Using a modeling compound… Continue Reading “Building A Better Hedge Knight: Part 1”

It’s Alive… And Eating Popcorn!

Jones brothers, sisters, inlaws, outlaws, nieces, nephews, kids and miscellaneous others traveled from all over the country to my Mother’s house last week for the 4th of July. With over 30 people in Mom’s house a bunch of us had to find other places to… Continue Reading “It’s Alive… And Eating Popcorn!”

The Mighty Ducks

Back when I was building my foam stop-motion puppet, I wondered if there might be another way to create a moving character. I decided to throw a couple of things together that I’ve toyed around with for years… an aluminum armature and socks. I… Continue Reading “The Mighty Ducks”

It Is Finished… For Now…

Painting Magnus was a truly horrible experience… for both of us I’m sure. It finally came down to a “this is good enough because I’m not going to do this this any longer” sort of conclusion. As you can see, the paint is very… Continue Reading “It Is Finished… For Now…”

Stuck In A Sticky Situation

Poor Magnus StormWeasel. Now he finds himself hung upside down and enduring some sort of primitive, medieval paint torture. Actually, it is me that is suffering the primitive, medieval paint torture. Magnus is covered with a coat of clear Pros-Aide adhesive that makes him permanently sticky to the touch. I have… Continue Reading “Stuck In A Sticky Situation”

Popping The Hood

Up from the concrete grave he arose; Magnus StormWeasel, the newest stop-motion puppet in Indiana. Next stop… the paint and body shop.

Top Chef Masters

The armature for my foam stop-motion puppet is almost ready to go… …but the brass fittings in it will eat away the foam over time, so I seal all those areas with a healthy dose of spray paint. Next I whip up the top… Continue Reading “Top Chef Masters”

Magnus… Down But Not Out

I cracked open the mold for my stop motion puppet and sadly, poor Magnus did not survive the¬†procedure. So long Magnus… I clean the mold out and then build an armature that is truly an engineering marvel… ok, ok, your standards for engineering marvels… Continue Reading “Magnus… Down But Not Out”

Building A Mold For Magnus

I have moved into the next phase of building a stop motion puppet: making the mold. First I lay Magnus on his back, prop up his arms and legs with some water based clay and then work clay all around him. Next I mix… Continue Reading “Building A Mold For Magnus”

The Clay Is Ready To Mold

Last Monday my stop-motion teacher suggested I open up the vikings mouth so it could be rigged with wire and then he could talk. That sounded like a good idea, so I did that, and then I put a few finishing touches to my… Continue Reading “The Clay Is Ready To Mold”

Stop Motion Build 3

I have the clay sculpt for my stop motion puppet about where I want it. I fear there is too much detail for the casting process, but I have no idea because I have never done any of this before. We shall see…

Stop Motion Build 2

…ok, so what have I learned so far on my first ever stop motion puppet build? Two tiny little aluminum wires will not hold five pounds of clay in the air very well. I had to bite the bullet last night, tear off the… Continue Reading “Stop Motion Build 2”

Stop Motion Project

In an effort to try and learn something new, I enrolled in a stop motion class at the local university. Here are my initial steps into this foreign¬†terrain. First I need an idea, (which I don’t have) so I fall back to my standard… Continue Reading “Stop Motion Project”