Okay... Next step - Hands. So, there are so many ways to attack this. I first started by making an armature of the hand with tinned copper wire. I used a soldering gun to attach it all together. I'm happy with this, and I will use this as the way I build the hand armatures. I wanted to try a few different ways to apply the skin, and I've been experimenting over the past few months.
The first way was painting multiple layers of liquid latex over the armature. I don't really like it. The fingers tend to stick together, and the hands are not smooth enough to be believed as a child's hands. The other problem with this is that if there is a tear, then I have to build an entirely new hand from scratch. Oh, and it takes a really long time.
This is a quick mockup of the liquid Latex... No good for me.
Next idea was to create a mold. Molds are nice, because I can make multiples easily. If a hand tears, I can quickly pour a new one and it matches perfectly. The first step was to carve two parts - the top and bottom of the hand out of clay, and make a plaster mold. I used generic legos to hold the casting plaster in place.
You have to let it dry in two stages separating the sections with Vaseline so the 2 casts don't stick together. After it dries, I remove the legos and pull the casts apart.
I used a 2 part silicone and poured it into each cast. I set the armature between them and pressed the casts together and let it dry. In my opinion the silicone mold was too soft, and the wire easily ripped it. I also couldn't get the movement that I wanted.
I just purchased this... It's a latex used for mask making, and it's used to create molds from casts. Once I receive it I will have 2 different experiments. 1. To try pouring a mold like I did with the silicone. And 2. Try brushing it on. I've also acquired a tip that wrapping the fingers in thread may help from tearing the mold, so I'm going to try that too.
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!