This is a stop-motion puppet I built last week. He has an aluminum wire armature and simple paper mouths and eyes for lip sync and acting. I'll probably put a test up here at a later date.
All in all the materials for this little guy were less then $50. What I love about stop-motion is that if you don't have the money you can make up for with hard work and a bit of creativity.
After the jump I give you a short step-by-step on how I built this guy.
First I took some trusty alluminum wire.
Then twisted a few strands together and bent it to fit my design. That little nut is called A T-nut. I use it for tie downs in the feet because the metal it thin enough for a Dremel to easily trim it down.
I made the "hip bone" out of Paperclay. It is an air hardening paper clay. This is the first time I've used it. It seems light weight and strong enough to be good in puppets. The only draw back is it takes a day or two to fully dry.
I forgot to document me putting his close together. It was very simple I used felt and the foam spray adhesive. then I took a felting needle to the seams of the pants and sweater. This way the seams were hidden.
Do you have anymore questions? I'd love to try to answer them.
I'm always looking for new ways to make a puppet, so please let me hear your tips and tricks.
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