Making Silicone puppets - Part 3 – legs
We used a very small scale (1:6) so we needed a very small armature. The smallest armature we found was almost not small enough, so I had to sculpt the model around the armature (And still needed to file the feet armature around to make it smaller). That created a lot of cleaning work later to get the Plasticine out of the armature.
I covered the armature with NSP Plasticine, leaving the top edge exposed. Once I finished modeling I screwed the bolts inside the armature under the feet for the tie downs.
Same way as the hands, I placed the model on a bed of water based clay, leaving the top edges of the armature stand out of the mold to make a hole through I can pour the silicone, and letting the bolts stand out from the bottom of the mold.
I surrounded the bottom half of the model with clay, so it looks like half of the model is sunk in the clay. I built a wall around it and poked the clay bed with a stick in several places.
I mixed the plaster with water, first brushed the model with it gently, using a small brush, and then poured the rest of it on the model until it was all covered with plaster.
When it cured, I turned it over, took off the clay, cleaned the plaster with water using a small paint brush and built a clay wall around it, this time taller. I applied a thin layer of Vaseline all over the plaster and added a small piece of clay on each side. Then I brushed and poured the plaster until it covered all the model.
When it cured I had a two piece plaster mold. I took the model out carefully (along with the armature inside it), piled the NSP plastacine from the armature and cleaned it. Then I cleaned the mold with water and it was ready for casting in silicone.
Casting and painting silicone
Again, same way as the hands. I sealed the bottom part around the bolts with NSP plastecine, so the silicone won't drip through there and poured the rest of the silicone trough the holes on the top.
I brushed a thin layer of flesh tone silicone inside both parts of the mold and let it cure. Then I filled both parts of the mold with more silicone and placed the armature inside, making sure it was all covered with silicone, then quickly closed the mold and poured some more silicone through the top holes, pressing the mold with clamps until the silicone cures.
I painted it with SycoPaint base silicone, thinned with Naphta and mixed with small amounts of flesh, red and blue tones. Then sprinkled some sugar powder all over it, brushed it gently with a soft brush and let it cure, and finaly wiped it with a wet cloth
Jointing all the parts
The rest of body – from the neck to the legs – was made in the same method as all the other parts of the body – modeling, making a plaster mold and casting in silicone.
All the parts were jointed together with the armature links. In places the joints are not covered with clothes I had to fill the space between them with silicone - the joint between the head and the neck and between the hand and the arm.