How To Make Creature Props - Mold, Cast & Paint

How to make special effects character props on a tight budget & a short timeline

Description

Learn how to make special effects creature props on a tight budget with Amalgamated Dynamics character FX creator, Tim Martin.

In this follow-up to his Speed Sculpting in Wed Clay tutorial, Tim takes his dog-headed Egyptian Anubis sculpture through the mold, cast & paint stages using affordable materials & and efficient FX techniques.

An invaluable lesson for any aspiring FX Pro. To become a working character creator, talent is not enough... you need speed.

WEBCOURSE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Quick plaster bandage mold making technique
  • Prop making & model making with rigid foam
  • Efficient seaming, patching & painting
  • How to dry brush age & character onto your creature props

 

Approximate Runtime is: 02:05:19

 

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  1. Title - 00:00:00
  2. Introduction - 00:00:16
  3. Removing the Ears - 00:01:56
  4. Applying a Wax Coat - 00:04:22
  5. Applying Plaster Bandages - Surface Coat - 00:10:24
  6. Applying Plaster Bandages - Building Support - 00:15:35
  7. Molding the Ears - Part - 00:31:33
  8. Molding the Ears - Part Two - 00:37:56
  9. Opening the Molds - 00:41:50
  10. Hardening the Mold - 00:46:13
  11. Opening the Head Mold - Clay - 00:47:00
  12. Releasing the Mold Part One - Applying Blue Wax - 00:49:47
  13. Releasing the Mold Part Two - Applying Liquid Wax - 00:54:42
  14. Taping Your Molds Together - 00:56:48
  15. Filling Gaps in the Mold Seam - 01:00:19
  16. Rigid Foam - 01:03:00
  17. Opening Molds - Rigid Foam - 01:15:02
  18. Cleaning Up the Rigid Foam Surface - 01:20:45
  19. Touch Ups & Weathering - 01:22:36
  20. Assembly & Bondo - 01:25:33
  21. Painting Anubis - 01:28:34
  22. Detail Work - 01:35:31
  23. Dry Brushing a Final Layer of Gold - 01:57:44
  24. Applying a Light Gloss - 02:01:52

Materials

CLICK on the links below to find the materials you need for this lesson. 

 

Some items might be harder to find, but a little internet scouring usually finds you everything you'll need.

 

Burman Industries

Naimie's Beauty Center

Reynolds Advanced Materials

Smooth-On Inc.

 

FOR YOUR WORK STATION

  • Compressed Airline with Gun
  • Large Garbage Can
  • Latex Gloves
  • Lazy Susan
  • Oven

 

CLAYS/PLASTERS

  • Klean Clay – Modeling Clay
  • Plaster Bandages

 

CLEAR COATS/GLOSSES/MATTING AGENTS

  • Krylon Crystal Clear Spray Paint

 

EPOXYS/GLUES

  • Bondo
  • Bondo Catalyst
  • Insta-Cure – Super Glue
  • Super Glue Accelerator

 

PAINT/BRISTLE BRUSHES

  • Chip Brushes

 

PAINTS

  • Paint
    • Acrylic Paint Washes  (Paint, Water, Alcohol)
    • Black Acrylic Paint
    • Blue Acrylic Paint
    • Light Brown Acrylic Paint
    • Metallic Gold Acrylic Paint
    • Metallic Spray Paints
      • Oil Rubbed Bronze
      • Antique Brass
      • Gold
    • White Acrylic Paint
  • Primers/Adhesion Promoters
    • Grey Spray Primer

 

RELEASES

  • Liquid Wax – Challenge 90
  • Petroleum Jelly
  • Finish Kare Gel Coat Release Paste Wax

 

SKIN PAINTS/POWDERS

  • Gold Powder

 

TOOLS

  • Bits and Indexes
    • Large and Small Dremel Bits
  • Cutting Tools
    • Box Cutter Blade
    • Clay Cutting Wire
    • Scissors
  • Mold Making Tools
    • Mold Spreader Tool
  • Power Tools
    • Dremel
    • Hairdryer
  • Screwdrivers
    • Flat Head Screwdriver
  • Other Tools
    • Wooden Tool

 

SUPPLIES

  • 2010 Rigid Foam – 10 lb Foam
  • Black Marker
  • Clear Plastic Cups
  • Duct Tape
  • Large Paper Mixing Buckets
  • Paper Towels
  • Sandpaper
  • Small Wooden Spreaders (paint stir sticks cut into thirds and sanded at 45 degrees)
  • Spray Bottles
  • Tub of Water
  • Watercolor pencil
  • Wooden Paint Stirrers

 

HEALTH/SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

When working with toxic and/or dangerous materials or tools:

ALWAYS read labels for appropriate use guidelines
ALWAYS wear a high-grade respirator
ALWAYS work in a well-ventilated area
ALWAYS protect your skin
ALWAYS wear eye protection

Artist Information

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Timothy Martin

Special Effects Character Creator & Master Monster Maker, Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc..

Special Effects Character Creator and Master Monster Maker, Timothy Martin, started his career as so many in the FX...

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