Monday, July 25, 2011

Making Tentacles for a Stop Motion Puppet

The stop motion puppet I'm designing will have six tentacles. I sculpted one tentacle and made a two piece mold of it.

From the two molds I made six sets of latex skins. Six top sides and six bottom sections to cover the finished tentacles.

The tentacles were made by taking a section of aluminum wire and wrapping it in cotton string. I tacked the string in place with a bit of liquid latex rubber.

The thicker portion of tentacle that attaches to the body of the creature was built up with sections of foam rubber.

Then after dabbing on a bit of liquid latex I began wrapping the entire tentacle with athletic foam wrap.

Here is a top section of the latex skin for the tentacle fresh from the mold.

Here I'm test fitting the skin to one of the foam wrapped wire tentacles.

Next post I'll begin assembling the tentacles.


  1. I love seeing what you are working on. Stuff like this really intrigues me! I love WIP's!


  2. Thanks Lulu! I'm glad you like the wip photos.

  3. Looks great so far, can't wait to see the rest!

  4. Je suis toujours sidérée par votre travail, si minutieux et et si précis...
    Gros bisous.