E-Book: A Brief Guide to Make a Semi-Professional Stop-Motion Animation Puppet

I wanted to do this for a very, very long time: Last year I presented my Myctophyformes Draco to you, a Chinese Lanternfish puppet I made for Shelley Noble’s Halfland saga. And I promised a longer version of the making of back then.

Since I have documented the complete process of mold making and puppet casting, I thought it would be nice to write a small e-Book on how I do things. Perhaps the description of my workflow is helpful to at least one of you. Well, it took me about a year but here we go:

Cover Puppet Making How-to e-Book.

Click the image to download the pdf file (1,7 MB).

This small guide isn’t perfect, and I’m sure you’ll have a few more questions after reading it. But it’s not my approach to offer you a perfect guide – this topic is way to complex to describe it properly within 30 pages.

Nevertheless I really hope it may get you started with

  • making models for puppet animation
  • mold making and
  • casting stop-motion puppets from cold foam latex.

If you still have questions, please use the comment section or write me an e-mail – I’ll do what I can to help!

The knowledge I share with you today is based on the knowledge of a number of amazing people I’d like to thank:

All my gratitude (again and again) to Mary Murphy, who taught me most of the things I know about cheap’n’easy puppet making, and I highly recommend her as a teacher! (You could also buy her books!)

Also a lot of thanks to my internet friend Shelley who’s giving birth to one creative outburst after another, and who encouraged me to join her Halfland underwater party.

And last, thanks to all of you out there sharing their knowledge on the internet, and especially to the sma.com community! You all are great!

– Have fun!

Download *A Brief Guide to Make a Semi-Professional Stop-Motion Puppet from Cold Foam Latex*.

Click the image to download the pdf file (1,7 MB).


There’s a mistake occurring throughout the whole e-book: I talk a lot about cold foam latex, but it’s only cold foam, without any latex involved. To be more precisely, it’s an expanding polyurethane foam I use. However, that doesn’t change the process in general.

(My brain somehow connected the words foam and latex strongly, probably because a lot of the pro puppet makers cast their models from foam latex that needs to cure in an oven. – Sorry for that!)

Thanks to Nick Hilligoss for the reminder!

05. December 2010 by Jessica
Categories: Stuff | Tags: , , | 9 comments

Comments (9)

  1. Taking my hat off to that — I am quite impressed.
    If making one puppet already sets up 30 pages, I guess a year-long work like your Orpheus project will take a whole shelf of books… it is real fun to see all the work behind the final movie. Thumbs up, go on!

  2. Wow – thanks for sharing! Pretty cool!

  3. Guys, thank you! It’s always nice to read things like your words!

  4. Thanks very much for documenting your whole process, it’s very helpful! I’ve never used that particular brand of cold foam and all the types I’ve used need a latex skin painted into the mold first so, I definitely learned something useful with this book!

    It’s neat that it was in a PDF format so I could just have my computer read it for me while I’m working. The layout and photos are all very attractive.


  5. Ron, thank you!
    Your kind words mean a lot to me since I really like your work! I’ve read your blog occassionally, and I’m glad that you found your way to mine as well…

    It’s all about sharing, isn’t it?

  6. Danke.

    Du bist super!

    Schöne Zeit!


  7. Hallo r,

    it’s nice to have you here, and I’m always glad if anybody finds my stuff useful!

    All the best!

  8. Very inspirational. I’m a bit daunted by trying to cast a latex puppet and have been trying the build up method. I think I must have a go after your excellent ebook!

  9. Skibby, welcome! I’m glad you find it helpful. – And good luck wirh the cast!