How are Gwilliams made?

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Mold making is an almost magical process. I mix chemicals, pour them on a thing, and then just like that, I have a 3D stamp that allows me to reproduce the thing in almost any material I want. It’s like photocopying in 3D, except that it has an added level of transformation that alters the original in all sorts of interesting ways. Casting a hollow form in silicone to make a creature mask is very different from making an edition 50 hard resin art toys, both in purpose and experience. My background is in printmaking and photography, so mold making has felt like a natural extension of my early work.

 

I always enjoy reading about other people’s process, so I thought I’d share some of my own. Here’s some information about what went into the creation of the Gwilliam Finger Puppets. You can buy them online for a limited time and have a creepy cutie of your own! The finger puppets and other prizes are helping to raise money to cover production costs for Brian Lonano’s upcoming short, Gwilliam–a gross love story between man and goblin, starring William Tokarsky of “Too Many Cooks”! It’s going to be weird and awesome–check it out and SUPPORT GOBLIN LOVE <3

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Upcoming show at Paper Ghost Studio

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wm.froyo.1.smallAtlanta folks, come check out the Froyo Fella prototype in person! He’ll be joined with other sweet cuties June 13th at Paper Ghost Studio, 6-10 pm.  http://paperghoststudio.com/

 

In the coming weeks, I’ll be finishing up production on an edition of 18 Froyo Fellas.  There will be 6 different flavors: vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, mint chocolate chip, vanilla/ chocolate swirl, and vanilla/ strawberry swirl. One of each will have rainbow sprinkles! More progress pictures to come :)

Gwilliam finger puppet process

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Making the prototype for an edition of finger puppets to promote Brian Lonano’s upcoming short film, Gwilliam–a terrible love story between man and goblin! The edition will be cast in urethane rubber to make them flexible.  Follow the link to support the film on indiegogo and get one of these adorable goblins while supplies last! https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gwilliam-short-film-by-brian-lonano#/story

Itsy bitsy teeny weeny coffee shop food for XPT

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I made these out of polymer clay for a stop motion short in this year’s Experimental Puppetry Theater show (XPT) at the Center for Puppetry Arts.  Height ranges from 1/2″ to 1.” My favorite part is the mayo jar!  The actual jar is a bottle cap, the lid is polymer clay, the label is paper/ colored pencil/ packing tape, and the mayo is oil based clay which stays soft.  You know, for scooping action.

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