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Tutorial 2 - Armature n Stand
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Published: May 12, 2007
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Hoo boy.........really.

I wouldn't follow this one too too much seeing as I'm not the most qualified person when it comes to stands seeing as I hardly use it once I've built it.

*is a freak*

Hope you learn something from this. Srsly. :laughing:

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Laikari's avatar
IVE BEEN LOOKING ALL OVER FOR SOMETHING LIKE THIS.

sad how google can't always find answers for you.

I'll try this as soon as I get some materials :)
RennardX's avatar
RennardXHobbyist General Artist
Wow! That's great to hear :D

Haha yeah, that's the funny thing about google. Guess it's not master of teh internets lol

Good luck! ^_^
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Atisuto93Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The tutorial is quite helpful, but I have a problem:
I can't seem to buy a wooden plank anywhere in my small town, and I have no idea where I can buy them online, cause the german translation gives me some other results, any ideas? :/
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RennardXHobbyist General Artist
Okay so I just did some googling and wow it is hard to figure out what to call these things exactly, but I found in the google search for "Wooden circle plaques" gives the right items or wooden plates.

Using that gave me a site with something like this shop.hobbylobby.com/products/5…    or www.etsy.com/listing/107189051…

So I'm not sure what the German translation is.......let's see...... like this? Using search "Unvollendete hölzerne Gedenktafel Kreis" gave german.alibaba.com/product-tp/…

I hope that helps a little. :XD:

Best of luck! :)
Atisuto93's avatar
Atisuto93Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, that was my Problem too :D I searched like days and found something that isn't too expensive. But thanks a lot, I really appreciate it :)
LostGryphin's avatar
LostGryphinHobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the tips!
Umerura10's avatar
I know this is a amateur question... but did you use air dry clay? Because i know you cant put a wooden base in the oven?
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RennardXHobbyist General Artist
Hello, Nope, I didn't use air dry. It is a polymer type clay that is baked.

I do put the base in the oven. The temperatures used haven't been a problem. They are low enough that that the base doesn't even burn. ^_^
chinggay's avatar
chinggayHobbyist Artisan Crafter
i'm curious why use a solder wire? why not and aluminum wire? i'm asking because i'm new to using wires thanks :D
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RennardXHobbyist General Artist
I think at the time I didn't know about aluminum wire as an option. I think if it's wire, you can bend it with your hands and it does hold a good form then it oughta work. :D The solder really just came to my mind because....I used to work in a hardware store! :XD:
Lunatiri's avatar
LunatiriHobbyist
great tutorial, Michaels also has them for like 60 cents if you dont need a huge one, i think the're a couple of inches
paralax's avatar
paralax Interface Designer
I know it's a bit late, but to solve your armature problem, try this:
While you're at Home Depot picking up wire, pick up a 6" long, 3/8" (I believe that's the thickness) threaded rod. Secure with a washer and nut on top, washer and wingnut on bottom, and you're good to go. Build your armature off of this base.

When creating your armature, secure with propoxy or any other workable epoxy (the kind that comes in a tube and you cut and mix by hand- you can find it by all of the other epoxies in Home Depot, or in the plumbing section)
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RennardXHobbyist General Artist
Oh thanks! I had never ever thought about the threaded rod. I do know one time I was at Home Depot and they looked at me crazy when I looked for wingnuts though. Luckily I do know where to get those. If I ever get into Sculpey again I'll have to try something like this. Thanks!
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DjakeHobbyist General Artist
Here's a technique I got from Katherine Dewey's book "Creating Lifelike figures in Polymer Clay." (An invaluable resource, by the way. It's out of print,and I had to pay $140 CAN for a copy, but I still consider it a sound investment.)
First, sculpt your head and torso as you would for any project. Use a tapestry needle (or whatever tool is handy) to poke small, deep holes into the torso at the hips and shoulders. Bake the torso long enough that it becomes hard.
Next, make a wire armature for the legs (use trimmed down coat hangers, which are cheap and hold their rigidity wonderfully), anchoring them in the base and the hips with vinyl adhesive, which won't melt as long as you keep the oven on low heat. Sculpt the the legs and arms as normal.
I find this method to be a little more time consuming, but it makes for a very stable figure. You might like to consider it over the soldering wire.
Rendaylor's avatar
RendaylorHobbyist General Artist
solder wire is designed specifically to melt at high temperatures, so it's not a good idea to use it for armature. instead, try 14 or 16 gauge aluminum fencing wire available at hardware stores, it's sold on spindles as well.
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RennardXHobbyist General Artist
Hahaha, ah thank you.

It is true it does get soft, but luckily for me I haven't been cooking at high temperatures for this to be a problem. ^_^
SlayerTerraBrei's avatar
~laughing at self~ i read this a while ago and saw that you should not use epoxy. silly me when i went to attach my nearly completed sculpture to its base, i used epoxy...then stuck it in the oven ~smacks self~ now my poor thing has misshapen hair

thats for making this though, it has helped alot with with how I'm making things
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RennardXHobbyist General Artist
Awww man, the epoxy thing.......live and learn I guess. I don't know what made me think it'd be a good thing in the first place. :XD:

Glad it could be of help. ^_^
SlayerTerraBrei's avatar
:hug: silly thing is, i tried to apply epoxy to a pre-baked figure and it melted the sculpy!.....should of taken the advice to avoid epoxy period. lol
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RennardXHobbyist General Artist
So epoxy melts already baked Sculpey?! I did not know that. :o
SlayerTerraBrei's avatar
it did in my case anyway. i know weird. its like the epoxy never set, and started to dissolve the sculpey.
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Mackinskey-VibZyHobbyist Traditional Artist
Back then, I made a stickman(of intertwined wire) but with no platforms. The result is that ther's difficulty to make it stand. Huhu. If I had seen your tutorial back then, I might have done that sculp. Thank u very much for the tutorial!!!!!
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RennardXHobbyist General Artist
Oh that would make things difficult. O_O

You're welcome. Glad it helped. :)
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