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15

Jul
2015

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In Fabrication

By Steve Leeper

BT Puppet: Armature/Brenda Baumgarten

On 15, Jul 2015 | No Comments | In Fabrication | By Steve Leeper

From a guy who’s been walking around with a rigid maquette for the past 12 years, you have know idea how satisfying it is to post these following images!

All I can say is THANK YOU FOR THE AWESOME ARMATURE BRENDA!

Brenda assembled this armature from existing parts that she had in her shop but you wouldn’t know it to look at it.  I gotta get me some of those spare parts. 🙂

Just look at those feet!  There’s even holes to wire each and every toe!

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11

Mar
2015

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By Steve Leeper

3D Masks Part 2: Casting Eyeballs

On 11, Mar 2015 | No Comments | In Fabrication | By Steve Leeper

As part of fitting the replacement mask I needed to make sure that the eyeballs fit perfectly into the sockets in the base of the head.  This meant casting a silicone rubber version of the plastic eyeballs and pinning them to the inside of the replacement (ouch) and then casting the base for the head.  Hopefully the pictures will make a little more sense.

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A HUGE thanks to Brenda Baumgarten at stopmotionsilicone.com for helping me step through this process.

BTW For those who are interest the gloppy blue lolly-pop in the first image is a brush-on mold making rubber by Smooth-on called Mold Star 16.  Pretty sweet stuff!

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15

Feb
2015

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In People

By Steve Leeper

Brenda Baumgarten: Puppet Fabricator

On 15, Feb 2015 | No Comments | In People | By Steve Leeper

Brenda Baumgarten: Puppet Fabricator

Brenda is a good friend and a most excellent puppet maker who has been working on this armature over the last couple of months in spite of a very busy production schedule.  Not to mention the hours she has invested via Skype advising and mentoring me through the design and fabrication process. Read more…

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