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Silicone Hands for Stop Motion Puppet Henry

The hands will belong to Henry puppet, who is under the wraps until the project is completed.
Henry is slender, with long-fingered bony-knuckled hands.

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So, here are his hands in clay:

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As always, I am using the tools and materials that we sell at Morezmore and name them as I go along.

pipe cleaner wire

Burn the cotton fuzz of the pipe cleaner wire.
MORE about pipe cleaners wire

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Cut to about 2″ length.

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square tubes 5/32″, which telescopically fit over square tubes 1/8″ which are on his arms.

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Sew the wires together.

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JB weld epoxy to secure wire in the tube.

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Snip the fingers to the size of the mold.
Make finger bones out of styrene tubing 3/32″ (2.4mm)

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Fabritac glue

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Stretch foam

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Platsil Gel 10 silicone rubber
Naphtha
Acrylic paint in Flesh color
Ease Release
pipette
Disposable brushes
toothpicks
mini spatulas
Scale able to register 0.1 gram

Recipe:
1 gram of Platsil Gel 10 Part B (it is easier to start with Part B, as it is more viscous and takes longer to mix).
0.2 gram of acrylic paint.
MIX well, take your time
0.5 gram of naphtha (use pipette or eye dropper)
MIX well, take your time
1 gram of Platsil Gel 10 Part A
MIX well and move FAST. You have about 2 minutes to mix and start applying, another 4 minutes to apply all.

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Paint thin beauty skin layer on the mold.
Paint hands in potential trouble areas – finger tips to cover sharp wire, knuckles, webs between fingers and also the sides of the hands/fingers where the seams will be.

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Cure upside down so that silicone does not slide off the finger tips.
Allow to cure – 30-60 minutes.

Magnetic mini hand stands

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Mix fresh batch of silicone – triple the recipe
Fill the mold cavities to the brim.
Put the armature in.
Add more silicone so that the armature is drenched through and covered well.
Stretch foam will nicely absorb the silicone.
Close the mold and secure with mold rubber bands
Allow to cure – 30-60 minutes. Remaining silicone in the mixing cup will give you a clue if the hands inside the mold are ready.

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Carefully demold with something sharp and strong like an icepick

 

Trim
Mini scissors (pristine and dedicated to this and only this task – trimming silicone seams).

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I made two pairs of hands, the lighter ones were the first. The color depends on the amount of acrylic flesh paint in the mix.
Here are photos of the first set of hands.

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50 comments on “Silicone Hands for Stop Motion Puppet Henry

  1. Amazing process. Have you tried the new Cosclay flexible polyclay for hands yet?

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    • Lilypat, did you have a chance to try it yet? I got a package during the initial kickstarter phase. I haven’t tried it yet, but am very keen to determine how it compares to working with the platinum silicone 10 durometer. @Morezmore, your post is so beautifully explained. I feel so emboldened to attempt making my first silicone hands and I’ll give it a shot to try out the cosclay too. I feel like you are a national treasure.

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      • Thank you, Emily! 🙂

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      • No, I haven’t opened a package yet. Partly due to lily-livered cowardice (!) and partly to the fact that I have no fewer than 3 Prosculpt dolls in various stages of done-ness, out of 5 that I started at the beginning of shelter-in-place. Starting in on one more completely different kind of clay seems a bit overwhelming. But as I finish off those projects, I will have run out of excuses and the Cosclay Period will begin for me 😀

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  2. thanks! nope, has not come yet…

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  3. I’m waiting too for my kickstarter package to arrive. Can’t wait to try it.

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  4. Hey I was wondering would it turn out any different if I used the hand armature from Nikolai?

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  5. sure, you can do that, about the same

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  6. On a scale of 1 to 10 how hard would you say this was

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  7. About 8 🙂 Easier second time. Thank you!

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  8. You’re welcome. Also you do job for people right?

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  9. Oh ok but when you do let me know

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  10. So when will you probably be doing jobs for people?

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  11. Probably after july or so.

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  12. In case you were wondering the job was going to be making hands like these. But Unfortunately I am not going to be able to wait until July. But I am excited for the armature I ordered yesterday and I hope to work with you in the future

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  13. Do you have any tips on how to sculpt hands like these?

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  14. Thank you for these they will probably help me with sculpting hands but I’m afraid that this is not exactly what I’m looking for. Would it be possible to get maybe like a mold of the hands or a clay replica?

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  15. Thank you for the links. But I Mint like molds these like a spare mold for like these or like a pair of clay one like in the pictures?

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  16. Thank you! I’m not very good at sculpting hands so I really appreciate this I will be sure to Mention your company in my short film😁

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  17. Were you able to find anything?

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  18. I did also do you still have the mold’s from Henry? The charter I’m making is supposed to be very very skinny charter

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  19. Henry was a commission which is currently in filming. I am going to hold on to the molds just in case they break him and send him back to me for repair.

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  20. So how long would I have to wait to get the molds?

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  21. Unfortunately, I would not know, sorry…

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  22. Oh would it be possible to make another mold?

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  23. (In case you didn’t see the first one) oh would it be possible to make another mold?

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  24. oops, yes, I missed it. I don’t have Henry’s hands – they are attached to the maquette which was shipped to the customer. After I clear out my plate, I will be start taking commissions, although probably not body parts

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  25. Would it be possible to get fully constructed hands?

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  26. I am not taking commissions, sorry, my plate is full. Sorry…

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  27. Is there anything I could do to get the hands?

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  28. Make them! 🙂 it is fun the first few times.

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  29. I can’t sculpt hands I can do everything else just not that

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  30. (In case you didn’t see the first one) I can’t sculpt hands I can do everything else just not that

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  31. I saw it, but I don’t know what to tell you about that.

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  32. So you said that when you’re plate isn’t full you could do stuff when would that be?

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  33. Probably after July. Body parts are not as interesting as puppet commissions but maybe I will be needing money, so I am not saying no. Thank you

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  34. Um also this a little bit random but I was wondering there are two parse of hands in tho’s pictures what happened to the other pare of hands?

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  35. shipped to the customer.

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  36. Well when your plate starts to clear up message me through email.also this is a bit random but you guys have really great packaging

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  37. Sounds good – thank you for noticing it 🙂

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