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How to make a Basic Claymation

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This instructable will teach you how to make a basic and easy claymation.


 
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Step 1: Things you will need

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1 digital camera or camcorder

2 spools of wire (1 thin/1 thick)

tool to cut wire

at least 2 blocks of clay

1 spool of tape

Step 2: Making the skeleton

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to make a claymation, you need a character, and since this will teach you only how to make a basic one, I will show you how to make a basic clay figure.

To begin with, take the spools of thread and the cutting tool. You will have to make four limbs, one torso, and one neck. To make a limb, take about a foot long piece of thin wire, fold it a few times until you get it to a short enough length. The torso is made in basically the same way but with thick wire and you should bend it when folding it so that there are loops on each end. these loops will provide a way to connect the limbs. The last part, the neck is basically the limb, but about half the size.

Step 3: Adding the muscle mass

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After making the skeleton take one of the colors of clay, rub it into five separate circles (one for each limb, and one for the torso). Flatten each one and wrap it around a limb or torso. This ensures that the metal bones are in the center of the muscles. This means that when you move the figure, the bones won't rip out the skin.

Step 4: Making and attaching the head

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to make a head just form a ball of clay and firmly push it onto the metal neck.

Step 5: Shooting the animation

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Set up your camera on a table with tape if you have no tripod. then put your figure in place. After setting it up all you have to do is take a picture, move the figure a little, and repeat a thousand times.

Step 6: Put it Together

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Upload the pictures onto your computer, and use a stopmotion software to edit them

free software:
frametheif

good software:
istopmtion(boinx software)
estonianmk5 years ago
i was wondering, can you use windows movie maker?
Yes you can, but unfortunatly its not ment to flash photos even over 10 fps so windows movie maker will constantly freeze and the videos will be of poor quality.
i made a claymation with moviemaker and it came out alright. it would have come out better if the camera wasnt crap
Oh yes, I can totally understand having a low quality or wobbly cammera. It't very annoying.
silverwolff (author)  estonianmk5 years ago
it is possible to put the pictures in a slide show format on WMM, but it might be difficult, because you would have to alter the speed of every picture. Instead I would recommend just looking for a free stopmotion software on google. If you cant find any, you can try wmm.
xMIKEABx4 years ago
in school we used wmm to make a claymation... theres a setting somewhere to change the speed of every photo so u only need to do it once
Trainguyxx5 years ago
ah, to bad, I'm fully against macs and the "i" thingy...ill go with CapnTac's idea XD
cool
CapnTac6 years ago
Simpler way alert! Get a cheap webcam (but not too too cheap, I got a 50 dollar one) and download THIS: http://www.clayanimator.com/english/stop_motion_animator.html
It is free, but only works with webcams I think.
What's with the pictures? Better pictures would definitely be appreciated, but it's a good idea.
mrmath6 years ago
do you have any example videos that you created using this technique?
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