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Nikolai (Part 3) – Face Expression Plates

Continues from Part 2.

Face plates in clay.

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General construction – in clay.
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And same in silicone – the photo on the right.

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I have a plan to make those ears wiggle-able. It can be an additional body language, say, a sign of delight at the sight of food. The second plate is still rough, needs a touch-up.

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And now wiggle-wiggle:

Incidentally, I figured out how to fill those cracks between the face and the back of the head to make the face more or less seamless with the back of the head. The idea (I will write about it later) worked very well. I wish I had been a bit more careful with coloring – the back of the head and the face are slightly different in shade, almost invisible in real life, and visible on the photos. Next time I need to be more precise and write the percentage down.

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I bought a few props and they are starting to arrive:
a perfect little functional flashlight and the air vent cover through which Nikolai will make his appearance:

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Face muscles experiment. Quite exciting, because this is just one muscle – the eyebrow – on the same face plate. Will add the rest of the muscles.

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I finished all 6 face plates in silicone, added the magnets and the “muscles”. Testing the “Sleeping” face plate.

 

Jealous of his brother Nikolai’s promising show biz career, Igor decided to try his hand in advertising.

Yes, mini beer mugs are available.
Check out Morezmore miniature accessories and props collection.

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Another batch of props arrived. These are ready-made things I bought, to cut down on fabricating.
Nikolai’s imaginary friend Fancy Bear, backpack, cookie cutter for pizza cutter.

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Eyes.

I needed small animatable eyes. Did not find any ready-made eyes which would be 5mm in diameter, with a hole, round.
One of the options to use white plastic beads, they are simple, inexpensive and they work.
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But I wanted the eyes to have the human-like irises, but did not want to paint 3mm circles.
So, here is what I came up with:
Use 5mm delrin balls and insert a 3mm bead to make a colored iris.

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Here is how to make these eyes.

Tools and materials:
delrin ball bearings
3mm Iris Beads
joint for drilling
toothpicks
manual drill vises with 1mm and 3mm drill bits
needle tool
buffing sponge
epoxy resin glue
clear nail polish or any other gloss finish

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Animatable Eyes and Muscle Test for “Content” Face Plate.

 

Nikolai’s faces and hands are painted and hair is done.

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Thank you.
Continues on Part 4

3 comments on “Nikolai (Part 3) – Face Expression Plates

  1. So clever and very inspirational

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  2. […] from Part 3. Next step: feet Nikolai’s feet (as well as hands) are a little larger than 1:6 scale, […]

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