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Water Lily (Part 1 – Armature)

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Morezmore OOAK Doll #29
Scale: 1/6, Size: 11.5″ (29 cm)

Part 1: Armature.

Tools and materials:

– proportions image (laminated with scotch tape)
thick wire steel 14 ga
thin wire steel 24 ga
long-nose pliers
– wire cutters
brass tubing 1/8″ and 3/32″
tubing cutter
wooden plaque for base
armature stand (rotating) or non-rotating
“Lock-it” nut
Magic sculpt epoxy putty
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Proportions image: There is a huge number of proportions charts on the internet: google “female proportions”. If you like the one I use (by Andrew Loomis) – here it is. Click to enlarge and print.
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Step by step:
001. Cut 3 pieces of thick wire. The length of piece #1 and #2 – from wrist – to shoulder – to neck – to tailbone – to hipbone – to heel. The length of piece 3 – from knee to top of the head:

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002. Bent the wire:

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003. Wrapped the pieces of thick wire together with the thin wire:

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004.Bent at shoulders and hips. Cut at the bottom and at the wrists:

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By the way, old motorcycle gloves protect the hands from nicks and cuts while working with wire:

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005. Bent the spine to make the natural spine curve:

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006. Cut brass tubing 1/8″ to make legs, arms and heads modules:

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007. Made a base: cut a piece of brass tubing 3/32″ and inserted into the wooden plaque.
With a drill: Drill a hole in the plaque, fill it with magic sculpt , insert piece of tube, let it cure.
If you don’t have a drill, you can make a hole (with much more difficulty) with an ice pick. Trim the armature standing leg wire so that it will fit on tube of the base:

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008. Put the armature on the base and make the pose.

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009. Threaded the wire through the Lock-it Nut:

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010. Attached the Lock-It Nut to the armature with thin wire – as tight as I could:

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011. Screwed the armature nut onto the horizontal wire:
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Extra horizontal arm works as a handy handle while sculpting:

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012. Took even parts of resin and hardener of Magic Sculpt epoxy putty and mixed it well.
It gets uniform white color and slightly warm.

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013. Applied to the armature, built some bulk on rib cage, hips, scull. Left the joints open for the time being, so that I can correct the pose later. Left it to cure. Magic sculpt working time is about 30 minutes after mixing, curing time to “hard to the touch” – about 1.5 hours, complete cure – 12 hours.

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Continues in Part 2.

9 comments on “Water Lily (Part 1 – Armature)

  1. I love to watch your works in progress…I love the details….so interesting to watch………thanks for sharing!

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  2. Thanks for sharing again and ///love your work

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  3. Thanks for starting up your blog and eBay store again.
    I’ll be in touch.
    Carlo

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  4. Hi Natasha, I’m working my way through your tutorial on Water Lily, and I’m confused about the three wires and their lengths. The way it is worded (“the length of piece #1 and #2 from wrist to shoulder to neck to tailbone to hipbone to heel and piece #3 from knee to top of the head) doesn’t compute for me.

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