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Posted by DementedMovies, on 2006-10-08 04:21:56

I am low on decent equipment for what i am doing

for instance, i only have a bucket full of cheap plasticene, a bunch of carboard boxes. 1 wooden set, a plank of wood and Movie Maker v.1 on my computer. But i seem to be lucky so far Anyway, does anybody know how to make decent stair cases.:7 i'd be happy if any of you people could give me an answer, i'm below average.

Posted by Strider, on 2006-10-08 04:59:37

Hmmmm... below average in what I wonder? Money perhaps? Not intelligenge it would seem... at least by your writing. I can think of two decnt ways to make a staircase right off the bat that wouldn't be too hard. One is to take a long strip of cardboard and fold it up sort of accordian style, leaving little tabs along the edges of each step, and glue it in between two straight pieces. You could add a railing using wire. The other way would be to get some square wood stock, like 1 inch by 1 inch or so (though you probably measure in centimeters, don't you?). Cut them all to the same length and glue them in between two strips of thin basswood. There could be a flat piece of woo laying under them at an angle to keep them lined up properly. A couple problems with this method i can see.... it would be hard to cut them all exactly the same length without ending up woth weird gaps here and ther, and it would be hard to put tie-dopwns through the thick steps. Though you could certainly drill through, just take a bit more work is all. I'm sure there are many other ways.

Posted by DementedMovies, on 2006-10-08 07:22:11

i like this carboard thing, but it doesn't seem to be working. it needs to be held up by something.....perhaps a cocktail stick or 2?

Posted by Strider, on 2006-10-08 22:34:45

Usually a stairway is against a wall. That's how they're held up in real life, I figure the same would work in stopmo. Otherwise just prop it up with whatever is available off screen.

Posted by Nick H, on 2006-10-09 04:05:38

First thing - Is the staircase in the background? Or does the puppet have to walk up it? If it doesn't have to support the puppet, that folded card method should work. I would also get some corrugated card from a cardboard box, and cut a zigzag piece for each side. Like a profile view of the stairs. Then the folding steps glue on the top edge. This side piece could go right to the floor, hiding the underside of the stairs, or it can be a diagonal strip. This way you don't need the folded tabs. The side away from the wall probably needs a couple of legs to help support it. For walking the puppet on it, I'd use wood, or MDF (medium density fibreboard) or plywood, which really need a saw to cut them. A hot glue gun is really useful for quick assembly. But it can be done with white woodworking glue if you can leave it to dry.

Posted by DementedMovies, on 2006-10-09 10:13:15

Thanks, oh my, i can get this stuff for free! I just know the place! I live on a holiday camp and my Mom is the Park Manager, so what i should do is visit the Maintenence Shed, they have all sorts of useful doo dads for sets!