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Armature Tutorial by souffle-etc Armature Tutorial by souffle-etc
SO what's going on everybody? This is my first tutorial, so I'd love feedback on it!

I've seen several tutorials here on dA for creating armatures w/ bases, but none of them show how I make an armature. Hopefully I won't lead anybody astray with this; all this information accurately captures how I make my armatures.

This tutorial is specifically for creating POLYMER clay armatures. Earth/stone clays and porcelain are much heavier, and require a different armature construction. Only refer to this tutorial if you plan on making polymer, plasticine, plastalina, modeling clay, or air dry paper clays. Otherwise, the armature will probably break from using heavier clays on it.

In this tutorial, I'm preparing to sculpt a Superman figurine, and as a result the armature is very basic. I would advocate mastery of these basic techniques before experimentation with complex armature forms.

If you have any questions, feel free to comment or note me!!
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purplebuster Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  New member
Would a wire coming out of top of body work if dowel is short and drilled to slide wire into?
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souffle-etc Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sure, I've done that on a couple in the past.  It's tricky to get the wire to behave how you want it to once you sculpt around it though, so I'd recommend attaching the wire to your dowel as soon as possible if you need to take that route.  
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purplebuster Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  New member
Actually I have a question. I started my sculpture with polymer Santa head and it has a dowel in the neck of the head. I want the base to have boots. So how would you do the armature with a dowel at the top and to anchor to a base with boots on Santa?
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souffle-etc Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'd recommend making an armature for a headless body, with an indentation in the chest area so that you can push the dowel in once you've sculpted the body up a bit. 
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olivia8383 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this T.T Now I can actually start my christmas present~~
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souffle-etc Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Of course, it's my pleasure to have made it! Send me a link to the finished product, I love seeing people make any use of my tutorial!!

Your gallery is so cute, btw!
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olivia8383 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh thank you so much!! I think using that grog clay is so much easier than using sculpy ;w; And I kinda used your tutorial xD I only used the tinfoil base without the wire...for my next project I need to use the wire base and buy lots more clay T.T
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souffle-etc Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
definitely, if you have a kiln, that ceramic clay is a lot more responsive and cooperative than sculpey. I love sculpey, but I wish that I would work with real earth clay!

It sounds good! I'll keep an eye out for it!
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olivia8383 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
There is a small earth clay store that has a kiln sort of near my area that has really cheap/reasonable prices ^^!!
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VIIStar Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
it's always interesting to see the techniques other sculptors use.

the two things i could think or correct would be that the wire gauge should be chosen by what character you will be sculpting and if you use thinner wire, go with annealed steel.

also, your limb attachment should be cleaner and done with a U bend for stability. [link] has pictures. the connection should be deep in the chest and brought out to the shoulders so that the neck and shoulder area are kept clear for sculpting. (if the character is thick, it doesn't matter as much, but it's always best to build like an actual skeleton so all body shapes can be made) also, using 2 part glue on the attachment, or better yet, 2 part plumber's epoxy, is the best.

also, if the foil moves around, just glue or tape it down :3
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