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Posted by Fullmetalfreak, on 2008-01-06 19:33:18

What is a good cheap and easy set material?

Okay so im an amature stop motion maker. I use lego for most of my stuff but now I need something better. so does anyone know of a good set building material. P.s im not an artist or good at drawing.:D

Posted by Sasquatch, on 2008-01-06 19:58:22

depends on what you want to make...A building, a mountainside, a forest? Start looking at things that are free first, then try to imagine them in your setting...I've mixed water and glue and thrown dirt at it for ground before so don't be shy, all you'll do is get a little dirty, but you'll find out what works and what doesn't...

Posted by mijahu, on 2008-02-05 19:10:32

I don't know if you're still looking for answers, but I'm making some trees right now using blocks of styrofoam that I got from Walmart. I carved the blocks into trees and paper-machéd them together. Then painted over it with acryllics. Sorry, no camera to show you. It was pretty cheap and it might work for making a house or even picture frames on the wall. I'm using this stuff for everything now...

Posted by Toggo, on 2008-01-06 20:46:33

Sasquatch is right on the mark- there is no one perfect item to make set with, experiement. When you see a box or a carton of some kind you will see a building or a cave there. You'd be surprised what you can create with stuff you already have. Now that being said there are a few things you can use to make all kinds of sets. MDF board is great for a base to build onto. Polystyrene board (pink/blue insulation board) can be cut and used to fashion so many types of terrain. Now keeping in mind if you characters will be walking on it or not will make a huge difference. if you need to have a stable surface for a character to stand on and be held to the set with tie downs, well then you need a strong surface to give you stability. Let your mind run free and look beyond the outside wrapper of an item and you will be in the store seeing things you never knew they had on the shelf :7 Good luck and have fun. I recently built a living room set for my puppet which you can see here.

Posted by Fullmetalfreak, on 2008-01-06 20:46:52

well i was thinking of a house. with a fence

Posted by Fullmetalfreak, on 2008-01-06 20:48:20

or a room of somesort.

Posted by castlegardener, on 2008-01-06 21:59:21

The living room set looks great. The wires on the tv are a great touch. That is a terrific looking room. Well done.

Posted by Nick H, on 2008-01-14 03:02:45

Any flat material can make walls. If it's thick and self-supporting, you can do without framing. If it's thin, framing helps. I've used thick corrugated cardboard, thinner card, foamcore, plasterboard, particle board, plywood, and mdf for walls at different times. Whatever you can find, or have tools to work with. I often see dumpsters with mdf or plasterboard offcuts outside of shops when they are being remodelled, for free! The outside of a house depends on what it's made of. Weatherboard, brick, stone, log cabin, rendered or plastered over, cement block? Usually you start with some flat material, then add the texture on top. It might be strips of balsa wood, strips of thin ply, or strips of cardboard for weatherboards, I've used all three. For brick, I make lots of flat brick shapes and stick them on, but you can also hot wire a brick pattern into polystyrene foam sheets (see Mike Brent's stuff at For things like window frames, I make up pieces of wood just like the real thing, only smaller.

Posted by Strider, on 2008-01-14 03:40:48

Check the Making Bricks thread: