Friday, October 16, 2009

Care for a frosty beverage?

Foamy

I've been playing with a lot of clear plastic lately... mainly acrylic tubing and rod (plus some 3mm glass balls embedded in lumps of microcrystaline wax for foam). I remember dreading doing a film set in a bar mostly for this reason... I didn't know how in the world I was going to make little bottles of all different descriptions, much less glasses and mugs, and then on top of all that animate liquids and foam! But little by little, it's all been coming together.

I still need to replace the hotglue bases of the glasses with cast clear resin duplicates to get rid of that milky white look. And add handles to the mugs. Then I MIGHT even tackle making some wine glasses... but I'm not too sure of that one!

15 comments:

A little blue alien said...

Awesome! I was wondering what the foam was made of. Very convincing.

I especially like that the mugs are apparent in their thickness, you can see the edge through them.

UbaTuber said...

Very cool, I love the look of the foam, nice touch with the glass beads.

tonychauzer said...

Ah man that is looking fabulous. Mugs seem quite painful depending on the attention to detail hehe. Just missing the "wet" look, but that's a scary beast to tackle. Keep on groovin'!

DJ Dyer said...

I was wondering how to make foam, since I've got a saloon scene as well. But I have no idea what microcrystaline wax is. It looks very real, though, and it's making me rather thirsty in fact.

Darkstrider said...

Tony and DJ...

I can answer both your questions with one word....

Quakehold!

(And yes, the exclamation point is part of the word).

Wet look can be easily accomplished using Quakehold! Museum Gel (animatable fake liquid) and microcrystalline wax is also made by Quakehold!... known as Museum Wax.

Shelley Noble said...

Woop! Those props really make the bar jump to life, Mike. Wow! I can picture how the wine glasses and all will look in the film. So fabulous!

StopmoNick said...

Great foam - looks like a nice creamy head on a Guinness though, rather than a lager.
I like the rings left on the bar top!

What size/scale are your bottles and glasses?
I have a few wineglasses that were made as Barbie-type accessories - a cheap 3rd party brand, but you might still find some. Barbies are roughly 1:6 scale in height but have tiny hands, closer to 1:8 scale, so the glasses would be somewhere in-between.
I'll have a look around in discount-import shops here - it's been years since I bought them so no idea if I will still find any.
The best alternative is to turn some acrylic rod on a lathe, which is how I made my beer glass model years ago - but don't have access to a lathe any more. I do still have the silicone mould for my beerglass though, so could cast some in resin for you if you like.

Yaz said...

These are looking amazing!! Makes me want to drink right away :) With handles and animated liquids the whole bar scene will look just so great.

Darkstrider said...

I think these are a lot bigger than Barbie props. My puppets are shorter than Barbie, but have huge heads and big hands, and I scaled glasses and bottles to fit somewhat between the scale of the heads and hands.

I appreciate the offer Nick, but I'll stick with what I've got or can make. Heh... right now I}m trying to make a pitcher... we'll see how that comes out!

jriggity said...

One Mug at a time.....looks fantastic!!

jriggity

KaylaChristie said...

I love this picture! That's so interesting! :)

Holly Ann said...

You really do this for a living... how very exciting is that... i am so impressed...

Blogs of Note brought me to you... :-)

Darkstrider said...

Holly Ann... not for a living... I only wish!!! I do it sheerly out of love for the craft... in my spare time and on my own dime! Heck it costs me money to do it! But I can't imagine NOT doing this....

Luís said...

Nice pic

Erica-Rose said...

Wow! Your art is amazing!!! I love it =)