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Covey (SARS CoV-2 virion) Stop Motion Puppet

I started on an educational puppet of SARS CoV-2 virion, also known as Covid-19, also known as coronavirus. A fun, although somewhat morbid, character. I think I will call him Covey. Would you like a hug?

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Some progress, although modest, on Covey. The flat spot is where his face replacements will go. The three holes – for the magnets. He does not have much in terms of body, so his animation will be mostly in his face. I am not really sure what I am doing, but there is a hazy plan.

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I made this rough clay sketch of Covey’s face in order to map the location of the wires for the face armature. Looks loopy enough. What do you think?

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So, this is the armature for Covey at the moment, all the wires are epoxied in the body. The wires will become protein spikes and will be animatable. Some of them will serve as eyes, nose, eyebrows and ears. The eyes will be animatable two ways – by bending the eyes spikes and by rotating in the cups. Fortuitously, my Cosclay Kickstarter package arrived today. Cosclay and Covey are perfect for each other. I am really curious what is going to come out of this.

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Covey’s skin. My first time using these tools and the effect is satisfying even if a bit disturbing. But I am going for a repulsively adorable look.
The tools are M00303 MOREZMORE Polyform Sculpey Etch Pearl Metal Needle Tools

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Some progress on Covey. The skin was baked and I really toasted it. Because timers are for losers. Thankfully, he will be painted. He is still missing the bottom half of the face, half of his hands, and most of the protein spikes.
The skin is Living doll polymer clay. Protein spikes, eye cups, nose, hands – Cosclay.

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Admit it, you could not wait to see Covey’s sweet face. Here he is! Next – face plates.
Don’t mind the weird coloring, he will be painted and that will greatly improve his complexion.

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Covey’s replacement faces – step 1: push mold.

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The first mold (hard 3-part ultracal 30 mold) failed. And ate Covey’s default face in the process.
Those bubbles, even with a generous amount of petroleum jelly, dug into the ultracal like teeth and I was not able to remove the face from the mold without breaking. So, a new face and a new strategy – 2-part hard mold with silicone lining. It worked.
The green cubes are silicone old mold cut into pieces, and their purpose is to make sure the silicone lining stays inside the hard mold.

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Step 2: blank faces plates. The t-nut with the screw will allow to lift the molded face replacement out of the mold.

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Making face replacement – step by step.

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Last batch of phoneme face replacements for Covey.
Now I can paint him! Can’t wait.

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Thank you for watching

To be continued…

6 comments on “Covey (SARS CoV-2 virion) Stop Motion Puppet

  1. Covey made me smile–first time ever for a coronavirus!!! Thank you for allowing your wonderful imagination and mad doll-making skills free rein in this troubling time 😀

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  2. Very cool!

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  3. amazingly fun! thank you

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