Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Henry has an arm! Still needs to be trimmed, and now that I'm more confident with painting inside the mold I might write this one off as a test. But I love this stuff! It's got this great feel to it and can do a complete fold at the elbow without any problem or distortion at all. I ran out of time with the armature so I'm chalking the wooden experiments up to experience, and am going with wire wrapped in thread.

It's been a whole month since I last posted which is a bit scary! In the time during I lost a week to some sort of cold/flu, but have been making progress... The main newness is a new scroll saw! New to me - bought it from someone who bought it used 40 years ago. So it's got a history of lasting! This is Henry's giant art unit - the two side pieces will hinge open revealing all the shelves stuffed with paper and tubes of paint.Some more scroll-saw fun - a mail-desk (still needs full length legs) and a little dresser, awaiting knobs.
This was made for me - Henry's bedframe! Instead of a mattress he'll have a quilt tied to the posts like a hammock. The quilt pieces are painted up and ready to sew.
Henry's skull - he has a removable armature wire lower jaw. The holes were originally for small wires to manipulate the mouth but it's so small I'll probably keep it very simple and push it a bit further in TVPaint afterwards.

Some paint bottles for that big unit - I made some out of Sculpey, cast them in DragonSkin, and have been making plaster copies - 50 so far. After casting in Silicone I can't think of anything else I prefer! It's amazing stuff for making molds.


jriggity said...

Great arm!!

and glad to hear how much you like working with Dragon skin.


tonychauzer said...

Those props are way awesome... glad you're back for an update :)

Aravind.J said...

Great shelves and desk, Nice detailing of the arm! Keep updating :)

Mike Letendre said...

Top notch work here.
I'm excited and inspired. Keep going! (although I need to catch up!)

Shelley Noble said...

Your work is so fine, Emmy! What a joy to enjoy your progress! Love the style.

Darkstrider said...

Hey...! I think Henry flipped me off!!!

JK.... everything looks awesome!!! A Scroll saw is a great piece of equipment for a stopmo workshop to have.

emmyymme said...

Thanks for the support! I need to stay on here more often - it's great motivation to get things done. Really appreciate the encouragement!

Dan Metalmadcat said...

m_)Did you craft yourself that bed?
An electric wooden machine to make the cuts? Just wondering.

m_)Anyway great stuff!

emmyymme said...

Hey Dan,
my partner actually made the bed - he's an animator as well, and in the scripting stage of his project so he's helping out with props. The foot & headboard are mdf cut on a scroll saw, and the posts are dremmeled oak.
The scroll saw has definitely been my favourite investment of this project - so many things become possible!