Thursday, 3 February 2011

Eye Balls

Our film will feature multiple different characters, and each character seems to have a different size  set of eye balls. It;s often very difficult to find the correct size bead to use as eyes for stop motion puppets. Also most white plastic beads have a small seam running around them due to the way they are manufactured. To solve the problem of finding eye balls I have instead decided to make my own.
I collected a range of round beads and ball bearings and will be moulding these so that I can cast out as many new eye balls as I want.
First I collected beads and ball bearing of various size and glued wooden pegs into each. These pegs will suspend the balls inside the mould and will act as a pouring spout later.

Next i rolled out some plastacine and arranged the beads suspended just above the surface.

The mould box was made using Foam Board and hot glued together.
Finally silicone was poured into the mould box and left to set. The next stage will be to take apart the mould and cast some new eyes using polyurethane resin.


  1. Wow! you Flynn guys do some absolutely amazing work!!! The sculptures have so much character and are so well designed. I blows my brain that these sculptures are being made to move. I can't wait to see them in action!! Keep up the amazing blog


  2. m_(((( simply amazed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Hi Nathan,
    I can't understand a thing...

    How did you removed the masters from the silicone?

    Thank you very much!

    1. Hi Stemby,

      Ooops, I guess I forgot to explain that part in my post.
      The masters of the eyes were cut out of the silicone mold. I used a scalpel to slice a small slit next to where the peg is. It didn't need to be a large cut, just big enough to pop the eye out of. When the eye is out the silicone snaps back into shape and the area where the peg was becomes the pour spout.

      In my post about moulding and casting the puppets head I have some pictures that show me removing the master from the mold. Its a similar process.-

      I hope that helps. :)

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    3. Thanks!!!

      In my previous post,
      removed → remove

      Sorry :)


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