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Posted by connorgorman, on 2007-12-04 13:53:07


How Do I Make Snow Or Use Any Other Material Thanks.Sorry If You Have Repeated Yourself But I Need Tips For Me To Use Snow In Stop Motion :-)

Posted by youneekusername, on 2007-12-04 15:06:21

I'm sorry, but do you know how to use a search engine? I typed in "fake snow" over at and got lots of useful tips for you to browse through: (Part of making things is the research that goes into it. You can't always rely on other people to do that part for you. But since i'm bored, today's your lucky day :-) ) A couple other ideas right off the top of my head would be either using white clay, styrofoam, or pretty much anything you can shape and/or paint white. You can also buy the fake snow they use for miniature christmas displays. Of course you can mix and match any of these ideas for different effects. All depends on what you're doing with this to give details? Basically just play around with different materials until you find something that looks right. Or there is always the option of adding it in digitally, but for me it's always easier (and asthetically more pleasing) to just make it. -Mike L.

Posted by I_make_cartoons, on 2007-12-05 10:44:55

cotton sprayed with glue or spray starch for snow that isn't touched. sometimes the odd tiny bit of glitter too. -marc more hassle than it's worth? pfft. screw that!

Posted by Isomer, on 2007-12-04 15:14:42

Baking soda makes for great snow and It's even better if you mix some glass micro beads into it. You can order them from 3M or if you can find some fine white or translucent glitter that mixes into it well also.

Posted by Nick H, on 2007-12-05 02:56:08

What does snow look like? it's white. What have you got in the house that's white and powdery? Lots of things probably. I tried salt and it looked good for an actual size puppet. So can sugar. If it's a miniature set, I'd go for something finer in texture. Icing sugar or flour might work. If you have baking soda, that sounds like a good choice. For a big area covered in snow, maybe some dacron fibrefill sheet. Or, if you have plaster for set and mouldmaking, try sprinkling some of that. I used a water spray bottle to lightly spray the salt after I sprinkled it on the set, which made it fuse and go crusty a bit. Spraying plaster powder with water would probably make it set, but keep the dusted-on texture - haven't tried it, so can't guarantee it. Salt snow photo in this album: A couple of films with snow scenes at the Stopmoshorts gallery as well. Kivioc's Passing seems to use hot-wired styrofoam for big ice blocks (the eskimo thumbnail pic is a dead givaway there's gonna be snow there): Nathan's Yeti Tricks is a good bet too:

Posted by connorgorman, on 2007-12-05 11:43:56

thanks everyone :-)

Posted by youneekusername, on 2007-12-05 15:29:45

Will you let us know how it turns out? Pretty please with snow on top!!?? :P By the way...did you ever make that ancient chinese temple set you were planning? That's something i'd really enjoy seeing. Are these two projects related? It's just that a lot of these stopmo projects take so long to make it's awesome seeing it come together piece by piece. Just let me know if i'm being too nosey or not. :o -Mike L.

Posted by salius, on 2007-12-05 18:24:03

i used to make snow for a wargaming army i made as as well as a huge set, i mixed white glue, white paint and cooking flour. It makes for a white thick paste which dries hard and looks just like snow!

Posted by connorgorman, on 2007-12-07 11:48:11

Thanks Everyone. Mike yes the snow is related The temple is in snow in the set yes i will reply when ive finished Thanks :-)