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How To Make a Claymation Character
How To Make A Clay Man
Assembling Your Clay Man
Making a claymation character can be challenging. It does help if you are knowledgeable in sculpting however anyone can do it with a little time and patience.
1) The first thing you need to do is select your clay, there are many types of quality clay but what is best for your project depends on what you want to do. You can get clay that is more expensive and easy to work with or more cost effective clay that may take a little more effort.
2) Once you have the clay in the colors you are going to use it is good to get an idea of how you want your clay character to look. If it is your first character my recommendation is to start simply and just make a human(or at least human looking) figure.
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3) You will need is a wire frame, also known as an armature. I use garden wire as it is a cost effective wire you can buy for a couple dollars a spool. There is craft wire that is used to make armatures but it can be costly and really isn't needed.
4) Thinking ahead if you want your character to stand and stay standing, it is good to glue magnets to his feet with the understanding that at the end of this your set should be sitting on a metal sheet or surface (or even a freezer, washer, dryer). You can purchase small but high powered magnets online for a very cheep price. Use a glue gun the glue the magnets to the bottom of the feet of the wire frame you've made.
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5)Working with clay can be delicate work I recommend at the very least using a matchstick for hollowing eye sockets, pressing together pieces, etc. The rounded part of the match can do delicate work that fingers can't. If you have other items such as an exacto knife, larger sewing needle or something similar it would be helpful.
6)The best way to start is to take each color clay for the head, shirt, pants, hands and feet sections and mold the amount you need the the areas on the wire frame. Once the clumps are occupying the correct areas you may begin the details for the face, hands and form, hollow the eye sockets and place eyes.
With your figure complete you are now ready to create your claymation cartoon.
Check out some of the claymation cartoon shorts below for a good laugh.
Check our hub: List of 10 Incredible Claymation Videos for some some cool examples of claymation cartoons made by normal people like you or I. Also check out our hub: How To Make A Claymation Cartoon for a detailed process on the steps to create a full claymation cartoon. Like anything if a little time and effort is applied you can make something great. I really doesn't have to be done all at once either simply put a bit of effort into it each day and you'll be surprised at what you come up with.