Friday, October 14, 2016

Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors

Here is the YouTube to see how it was made:



Making this plant from Little Shop of Horrors has been on my list for a while now. I love how it turned out. The video shows sort of my process. Obviously should have taken more pictures to better describe but hopefully it gives you the idea. Go make one!











28 comments:

  1. This is really amazing! I want to make one for a gender swapped Seymour costume im doing this year. What type of clay did you use? Also how did you connect the head together?

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    1. Thanks! I used DAS modeling clay. To connect the head together I made a sort of ball and socket type grooves at the back of the top and bottom then just attached a piece of green felt. You can see it at about the 1:36 mark in the video.

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  2. Awesome stuff well done :) I'm trying to look for a blank polystyrene head but can only find ones with face features. Could you tell me how you found the blank ones please

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  3. Hey Paul, I believe I got it at Hobby Lobby. Hope that helps.

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    1. Thank you I think I have found them on ebay now. Every time I put polystyrene head into the search box I kept getting the ones with faces. I was afraid it would be to small if I sanded it down. What did you use for the neck section please? I was looking at others and ducting for a tumble dryer looks like a good idea :) Thank you for your quick reply and inspiration :)

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    2. Sorry I don't really show what I did for the stem. Basically I bought some dark green felt by the yard. Then made a sleeve but instead of sewing I just hot glued. Shhh nobody needs to know. Basically just cut a rectangle as long as your arm and glue the two long sides together. Super easy to slide your arm in. Then I just went to michaels craft store and even the dollar store for leaves and plant stuff I thought would look good and hot glued them to the sleeve. I found some awesome leaves that had wire in them which allowed me to shape them exactly how I wanted. Good luck!

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    3. You can get the Styrofoam heads cheap at Sally Beauty Supply. You can also get them at most wig shops....or amazon.

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  4. Ahhhhh :) Hot glue is amazing one of my all time fave things to use. thank you for the information that's very kind :D

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  5. Hi Mason sorry me again just been watching your video. Did you add the fingers holes on to the back section with air dry clay or did you cut holes into the polystyrene itself at the back and then re inforce it with air dry clay please? Also with the two holes at the bottom was this built up with the clay or did you use something else? I presume you have done a textured top layer with tissue and glue or paper mache? Sorry for the 101 questions :D

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    1. HI Paul, The finger holes were made from the air dry clay. But If I were to make one again I would maybe try and leave room in the styrofoam head for some finger holes. I had hollowed out the head before I had a finger plan. I'm sure you could make either direction work. Yes I did a tissue and glue layer all over the head after I carved in some design using a burn tool. Hope this helps

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    2. Hi Mason thank you for replying again. Ahhh good to know about the hot wire tools that thought didn't even cross my mind. I have a got knife and wire cutter in workshop. I wonder if I put the holes in the polystyrene weather the tongue section would then look a bit odd inside the mouth. I was contemplating painting a layer of liquid latex over the whole thing to give it a clamy skin type feel maybe? I had my polystyrene head arrive yesterday so can mame a start soon. Does the air dry clay hold up well? I imagine you gave those area a lick of gloss to give it a wet look? thank you for all your help :)

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    3. the air dry clay is amazing! a bit of a learning curve when working with it. dip fingers in water then work it in into the clay until it gets more soft. I kneed a ball of it in my hands adding some water to get it softer. Also use wet fingers to get a smoother blend. Its awesome tho. Didn't have any clay shrinkage or cracking. Super hard when dry. yes I coated the lips and inside the mouth with a clear shiny varnish. Good luck!

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    4. Thank you :) interesting stuff . I have several bags of air dry clay here made by scola so will give that a go. Thank you for the tips. I have most things here now to make a start just have to get my bum in gear to start making :D

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  6. oooop forgot to ask when cutting the main head section in half for the mouth did you cut right across with a long knife or did you cut around with a short knife please and scoop out the middle?

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    1. I cut the head using a hot wire tool. It wasn't exactly in half. I made sort of a mouth shape. You can see where I drew the shape in black marker on the video.

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  7. So had a bit of a disaster. managed to cut the head in half and start adding the lip sections with air dry clay. Left it in a warmish area and just got to check on it and its cracked all over the place :/ Particularly around the thinner sections which I kind of smeared and blended it around the edges. Do you think its the clay I'm using ? :(

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  8. oh i'm not sure what happened. I only have experience with the DAS clay and it didn't do that for me. Maybe climate has something to do with it. sorry. don't let it get you down. try something else.

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    1. Hi :)

      I have now bought some Das clay and it seems to be a more plasticy type clay compared to stuff I was using. I have done the lips , gums and teeth and now waiting for it to dry. I've used screws to mould the teeth round which seems to work ok. I've also added the holes into the top section of the head. I'm still a little puzzled about the bottom holes. Did you mould the clay around your little finger and thumb and then just press it on to the lower jaw? I see you mention about a socket and ball type set up to connect the lower and upper half I don't suppose you have an close up photos of this do you? Thanks for all the help and tips

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    2. Glad Das is working better for you. Yes I molded that stuff around my pinky and thumb and onto the bast of the plant head. The socket and ball thing is maybe not necessary if you connect the top and bottom with some felt or something. You just don't want the jaw to move sideways instead of just up and down.

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  9. Nearly dry :D Just another quick question (you must be sick of me by now) with the lips gums and teeth now added both the top half and bottom half are quite heavy. How did you cope with opening and closing the mouth operation without your fingers falling off lol ?

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    1. The Das clay dries pretty light. Mine isn't too bad. I guess if you plan to puppet for a long period of time then it will be a workout.

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    2. Paul I'd love to see your recreation.

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  10. Love, love, love it. Hoping I can figure out the ball n joint part. Gonna watch the video see if I scope out some of tips.please don't ever stop sharing your diys, u by far make some of the coolest stuff.

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    1. You can do it! Thanks for the kind words.

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  11. would you consider doing these for commission?

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    1. Yes. Send me an email with what you are thinking and I can give you an estimate. masonbarton@yahoo.com

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