I've posted this on the forums and thought I'd post here as well;
Awhile ago I bought some stainless steel balls, meant for jewelery purposes, predrilled and tapped. I thought of using them for a ball and socket armature, but haven't had a chance to try them out yet, and won't for awhile. They were wholesale, so I've got a ton of them kicking around - so, if anyone would like some to try out, just let me know and I'll mail them out. No worries about postage or anything like that - more people experimenting with different mediums is always good!
They're 6mm and 4mm, predrilled, though I've no idea what hole or tap size. If you'd like some just send me an email with your address and I'll ship them off!
A few notes - the lighting is just a quick setup while the final version is in the mail, along with the baseboards! The camera is just on a small lazy-susan sort of deal, but will be using the Manfrotto for the animation's moves. It's a bit dark - might try re-uploading a brighter version in the morning, but I'm off to bed!
A few more (larger) pictures of Henry - I initially planned on making 3 casts of the head for safety's sake, but since the head rigging became much more simplified (just a jaw bone) I'm wondering if one will suffice. Henry, posing with the backside of a canvas.
If you click on the image below to enlarge it - the light really catches the texture on the silicone. It's going to be fun to light (or a headache, will find out which!)
Translucence shows in the cheekbone - Henry looking contemplative. Eyelashes might need some trimming based on this one. Showing off his plugs..
Henry gets hair! Using a bamboo/silk blend yarn (untwisted and pulled apart) and a punch - a very small sewing needle with the end of the eye cut off to make a mini U shape that pushes the thread into the silicone, held in a mini grip I got from Animate Clay with a set of Delrin eyes.
Easier to punch the hair in while it's long and trim down... Leading to some fun hair styles before it's barber time. And looking more the respectable aged artist he's supposed to be. Once the hair is finished I'll go back and add a few more skin highlights, once I see how it all interacts. He's getting closer to his big film role!