Shel here again....
I WAS ABLE TO TAKE A STEP FORWARD TODAY AS WELL. I woke up this morning and found a sweet little dog armature waiting to be foamed.....sometimes i feel like the shoemaker, it's fun to wake up and see what the little elf has made in the wee hours of the night.
so i got to foam the dog which is good cuz otherwise it was a dissapointingly deconstructionist day.
here's some pics of the whole foaming process, someone asked me to tell more about how to foam but i know there are people who are much more experienced at it than me.....so here's some pictures of the process and am happy to answer any questions anyone has in the comment section. i did make some variations for this guy. because the dog is thick and needs to be able to hold some pretty crunchy poses, i put extra foam in the mix to make him spongier (for skinny puppets, i use less foam to make them dencer). and because the mold is so deep i put extra gel in so the foam would gel soon enough to put the top mold piece on without dumping out all of the liquid. i used 200 oz. of base which was a perfect amount for this guy (because he is so deep and suseptible to spill off, i like to have extra to pile on). cooked him for 6 hours at 180 degrees. we do all this in the garage (including the cooking in an oven we put in there) to keep the chemicals out of the house.