Hello all. Someone just asked me on a forum how I go about making the armatures for these figures…. so I thought I’d do a step by guide.
Now, I didn’t invent this technique, I found someone else do it quite a while ago online but alas cannot remember where. Instead here is me demonstrating the technique.
Things which I need:
- 0.7mm wire
- Something to cut said wire
First of all I cut a couple of lengths of wire:
The long piece of wire is then wrapped the very tip on the little finger, resulting in a loop in the middle of the long piece of wire:
The shorter length of wire is then placed in between the overlapping halves of the long wire – the pressure at the base of the loop should hold the wire in place, like so:
Then, pinch the loop and short wire between thumb and any finger of choice (forgive the un-manicured fingernail, printing ink is tough to remove):
Then TWIST, and I mean tightly! You don’t want the short piece of wire to drop out. Normally I give it 3 good twists, this tends to give enough ‘torso and hips’ for a 10mm figure:
I like to just put the tiniest drop of superglue onto the twisted wire and let it dry just to give it some added strength. Once dry, you can then carefully >ahem< snip away the superfluous length between the legs. I tend to leave the arms in their loop formation while getting the body and legs bulked out, then snip and pose them later:
Ta-Daaaaaa! I like to leave the length at the head end just in case I want a plume or spike (so far I’ve made one plume and no spikes – quite a repertoire). I then use a pin to put a couple of holes in a cork, the wire is too flimsy to just stick in, making allowances for the base bit then trim and organise the arms later.
I hope readers have found this helpful, my sculpting was dire and kind of depressing before I found this technique. I hope it helps as much as it helped me!
Thanks for looking.