A frame by frame guide to creating the illusion of a man’s beard appearing to unravel using stop-motion animation techniques. A man’s beard appears to unravel by pulling a single thread. As the thread is pulled the illusion of the disappearing beard is created. Eventually the man is left without any beard. Requires minimal materials and a patient friend as the subject of the animation.

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You could begin by making a short stop-frame animation by unravelling a thread from a reel or bobbin. Progress onto pulling a thread from a jumper, hat or sleeve to create a vanishing effect. Assemble or disassemble a string or thread creature to animate.