I then trimmed it down with scissors to make it look more like muscle.
I then took epoxy putty to create a palm, and the spots between the joints. I then took liquid latex to create the skin.
I then attached the hands to the armature with an aluminum tube that will become the forearm and glued with 5-minute epoxy. Unfortunately the tube I had on hand is one size too big, but it’ll have to do.
The ‘dipping’ method is quite haphazard and does not allow for much in the way of sculpting a nice looking hand. The next time I create hands I am going to attempt to make a two-part mold from a hand sculpted with modeling clay over the same type of armature. I will then try to use liquid latex to fill that mold. I am not entirely positive that will work, but it is worth a try. There is a wonderful 3-part video tutorial on mold making I will use as a guide.
I am still working on the ‘muscle.’
The other day I decided to practice going through the stages of creating a puppet so that I may use him for practice animations.
I started out with a some 8 gauge annealed aluminum wire (about a foot in length) and made a hook.
I then took some aluminum foil and made a shape of a head out of it.
I then took some sculpey to sculpt out a head. I am not a good sculptor, so I used this video tutorial.
To make the feet, I took two other pieces of aluminum wire (a little less than 2 feet) and wrapped one end of each around a hex nut that was glued with epoxy.
I then pieced the 3 strands together using epoxy putty.
This is the 4th puppet I have created in this manner, each with slight improvements. One area I need to work on for the next one is the ability to move the head side to side. I could possibly use aluminum tube to connect the neck. I should also put epoxy putty around the hook in the head.
I am still working on the hands and will post that as soon as I’m done. The next step after that is to create the ‘muscle,’ give him some color and clothes.