Another loop of the stop motion donut puppet I made for Zombie Cat Studios a while back. Tiny donuts by Rachel Gitlevich, animated by Brian Lonano and Tak Masuda.
To get the metallic effect, I dusted the mold with Magic Cast powders before pouring the resin.
I sculpted the original plaque out of Monster Clay, a nontoxic material that never hardens. After texturing the background with a rock, I used a printout of the design and a needle tool to layout the text.
Here’s a shot of the finished edition of 21 plaques. There’s something satisfying about all the repetition, both visually and in terms of the process. Working in multiples forces me to refine my techniques into easily duplicated steps. It’s a puzzle of sorts, where the outcome is both predictable and surprising.
These plaques are for a local bowling league–The Royal Order of Water Buffaloes! They’re 4 3/4 inches diameter at the widest point, cast in resin with metallic powder and painted details.
I made this needle felted stop motion puppet a few years ago for Zombie Cat Studios. I used wire, mesh, and epoxy clay to build the armature, then sewed felt over it to give the loose wool something to felt onto. Tiny donuts by Rachel Gitlevich, animation by Tak Masuda and Brian Lonano.
Felting needles have notches that grab the top layer of fibers and tangle them inward as the needle enters the wool. Over time, this creates a near solid form. Magical. I used black bobby pins for the eyes, trimming them to fit her head, and sculpting the sockets.