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As I mentioned elsewhere on this site, in the past I was not able to photograph or document all my work and especially, the Molding Process; however, I did find in my archives, some photos documenting a small dinosaur sculpture that I molded a long time ago and it shows only some (not all) of the steps in molding. I have done numerous moldmaking jobs, but I found no need to photograph every individual step (the methods are in my memory! ).

There are many ways to make animation puppets and some methods do not require Molding. At this time, I will just very briefly introduce you to one of the ways to make a puppet: You first sculpt your puppet character in oil based clay (known as plasticene); then you make a multi-piece mold of the sculpture, using a highly refined plaster called Ultra-Cal 30 Gypsum Cement (there are other brands of similar gypsum products); after molding, the clay and armature is removed from the mold; the mold is then dried in an oven to remove the excess moisture; the armature is placed inside the mold; then you mix the foam latex rubber and inject it into the mold and then cook the foam rubber to cure it. There are much more details that I have not included in my above description and in the photos, but like the site title says, "Molding Overview" and this is not a college course!











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