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« Reply #15 on: November 21, 2011, 02:57:36 am »

This skeleton is awesome!
« Reply #16 on: January 18, 2012, 03:28:07 pm »


All the arms!


So just a quick review of this project:  Make eight marionettes in 2011.  2011...  Yup, last year.  I blew the deadline, but I'm still working.  I have a gallery show in May, so I've extended my own deadline a bit.  I have started working on the legs for the marionettes, but I was delayed in the arms by the skeleton, for which I had to sculpt each finger separately.
Anyhow, here are some of the details of my recent work.  You can see the construction of the elbows in my last post in this thread, so let's move right to the hands.  For six of the marionettes, the hands rotate around the wrist 180 degrees, and look something like this:
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It's different for the baby, who is designed primarily to crawl.  The baby's hands bend back and forth to stay flush with the ground, and look like this:
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Finally, and most complicated, the skeleton arms.  Like the standard arms, they are designed to have rotating hands, but I wanted the bones to work like those in an actual skeleton, where it isn't the wrist that rotates, but the bones of the forearm:
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And one last detail:  The skeleton is going to break apart, so here is the shoulder with the pass-through strings that hold the arm in place:
That's that for now.  As I said, I'm working on the legs now, which include feet that flex, so I've got lots left to do.  Now that this post is up, I think I'll get to work.
« Reply #17 on: January 18, 2012, 03:38:33 pm »

Angel in Tx
« Reply #18 on: January 18, 2012, 07:26:08 pm »

I can't even comprehend this! Shocked  So amazing!!! spin
« Reply #19 on: January 18, 2012, 08:58:17 pm »

i agree with angel i cant comprehend??? hahahaa! my grandpa could though! hes a master carpenter.
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« Reply #20 on: January 19, 2012, 12:44:08 am »

You are so damn good!
« Reply #21 on: January 19, 2012, 01:06:11 am »

Sooooo beautiful!! What is the material you use for the skeleton body and arms??? It glues into a wooden frame? It must be hard enough to make all those details!
Lizzies Lair
« Reply #22 on: January 19, 2012, 01:40:05 am »

Abdolos, you totally blow my mind. These are amazing.
Shawn Sorrell
« Reply #23 on: January 19, 2012, 09:10:17 am »

That articulation on the skeletons arms is amazing. I would have never thought of that approach. Ewww... do are arm bones really do that... Och! Smiley
« Reply #24 on: January 19, 2012, 03:12:35 pm »

Awww, you guys...

The material used for the skeleton's arms and body is creative paper clay.  I sculpt it right onto the wooden or wire armature.  It bonds very nicely with the wood, requiring no additional adhesive.  The hands and feet of the other marionettes are made from the same material.  You can let it dry, and then wet the surface and build up on it, and the fibers knit together pretty well.

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