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Trying New Skills – Part 1

Posted in Art, Craft and DIY, Personal Thoughts, Poseable Dolls on February 15, 2017 by Neal

I’ve seen a lot of videos and images on Facebook of poseable dolls and wondered what would it take to make such amazing works of art. I was sorting out my new work area in the shed and found a few stuffed Dino toys my wife had for other project ideas. Then I found some wire and stuffing in some other boxes I unpacked. 

Having found these things, my brain started churning over while I did some more unpacking. Once I was finished for the day I decided to give making a poseable doll a try. I didn’t get a lot of pics but I did come up with some learning points along the way.

First I made a basic shape out of the wire I had. While making the shape I realised the wire I had wasn’t as malleable as it should be so using softer armature wire would make more sense. This would allow the doll to bend more easily. Once I had the shape I then started unpicking the dino to remove the arms, legs and head. 

Using the stuffing I wrapped it around the skeleton frame and then slid the pieces over top. To bulk the limbs out I added more stuffing. I found that the skeleton didn’t sit right due to a couple of factors. The first being anchor points for the hands, feet, tail and head. Because I had just shoved the wire into the body parts they didn’t have a solid foundation to rest on. The second being the uneven position in the limbs as I hadn’t wrapped enough stuffing around the skeleton to make the bulk of the form.

Then came the process of stitching everything back together. I’m a little rusty and was in a bit of a hurry so my hand stitching wasn’t very neat. In the end Frankendino was born. He can stand on his own two feet. Not bad for a 4 hour practise piece. Has me considering some other ideas to work on in the future. 
To see some amazing works of art check out some of these incredible artists on YouTube

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