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Morezmore – King and Jester (Part 1)

King and Jester are the next part of the HPA (Humanly Posable Armature) Doll project.

If you just arrived and landed here, you can see the detailed description of the parts and tools here.

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King and Jester will have different armatures. King will have a standard 12-joint armature (as in HPA Kit), which is described HERE.
Jester will have an experimental super-flexible armature (description is coming soon)

So, the King. Here is what I have:

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Next Step – the bones.
I tried a few clays for the bones:
Living doll polymer clay (works, but somewhat heavy, cracks from tension)
Creative Paperclay (does NOT work – soggy mess, dries forever, metal darkens from the moisture)
Magic Sculpt epoxy putty (works, solid, but heavy, no flexibility)
– and finally – happy find! Sculpey UltraLight polymer clay (very light, strong enough for bones, rubbery – it flexes under tension, oven-bake – so there is no wait, can be mixed with other polymer clays if color match is needed).

Added some aluminum foil to save on clay to the rib cage and pelvis area.
Covered it entirely into the Sculpey UltraLight clay keeping clay thin on joints.
Baked.

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Waited until it cools completely in the oven. This is important. Cold Weld epoxy which was used to lock the threads withstands the temperature of up 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Ultralight clay baking temperature is 275 degrees F (135 degrees C). But while the epoxy is heated, it becomes soft. If you handle it, you might damage that precious much needed thread lock. If you allow it to cool off completely in peace, it will harden again after it cools off. So it is very important not to handle/move/remove from oven while the armature is hot.

Flexed the joints and carved some clay out of the way on the joints, just enough to make the joint work.
Here is what I have now.

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Next – head, hands, feet
After that – body bulking up and wrapping.

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Magnetic Wrist Joints.

As you can see, the King will not have the flexible wrists. But Jester will!
Here is how they are made:

a small 8-10 mm piece of round brass tube 5/32″
a ball joint screw
a cotton-covered finger wire, 32 Ga
another piece of 12″ round brass tube 5/32″ (the hand module)
brass connector M2x10 mm
8 mm ring magnet

Cut 10 finger wires.
Put them into the piece of round brass tube 5/32″ (opposable thumb wire from the opposing end)

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Flatten the tube with long nose pliers and, for good measure, carefully pinch it a few times with wire cutter.
Carefully, don’t cut them off.

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Here are the parts that make the magnetic wrist joint, from top to bottom:
round brass tube 5/32″ (hand module)
brass connector M2x10 mm
8 mm ring magnet
The hand.
Cold Weld epoxy is used to secure hand module, brass connector and ring magnet.

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Making hands

Paint wire with Translucent Liquid Sculpey on cat tongue brush.
Make little sausages.

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The sausage fingers should be the same width as on the reference photo.

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Make indentations where the fingers bend with the X-acto knife.
Make nails on the other side with fingernail tools.

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Bake.
Make small cuts where finger knuckles are.

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Bend fingers (break clay).
Paint fingers with Translucent Liquid Sculpey

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Put clay on the palm and sculpt the hands with a hook micro tool, cat tongue brush, fine point tip rubber tool
Finger ring palette is helpful to keep the clay and liquid clay close to the sculpting area.

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Padding.

Cut the pre-wrap stretch foam in 2 strips, it is easier.
First, protect the joints – put the Fabritac glue where toothpicks are.

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Glue a piece of pre-wrap stretch foam over the joint. The wrap stretches and does not interfere with the joint movement.

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Same way on all joints.

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After all joints are covered, wrap the armature to make the body.

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When you need some bulk, cut the cotton ball and wrap in pre-wrap stretch foam to make the muscle or bulge.

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Check on joints as you work, to keep them functional, not too much wrapping.

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These tiny rolls are for the elbows.

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All wrapped. This is the King.

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And the taller one is the Jester.

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Continues on Part 2

4 comments on “Morezmore – King and Jester (Part 1)

  1. […] 69. About magnetic wrist joints.  I did not include them into this kit, trying to keep it as simple as possible. It is already a lot to handle. I probably will make available another kit – with the magnetic wrist joints. But if you are curious how they work, here is the description on King and Jester blog post […]

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  2. […] Magnetic Wrist Joints (for 6 mm magnet) Update: a better way to make Magnetic Wrist Joints is available. […]

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