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daniellegee
« on: September 08, 2011 02:43:42 PM »

I tried looking around through the forum but the topics are so expansive that I was having trouble finding anything pertaining to this.... my question is this: does anyone know of a good tutorial or how-to on creating moveable/poseable limbs for our needle felted creatures? Specifically like this artist, Violet Pie's work:

http://violetpie.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54fa822898833010536c841c4970b-pi
http://violetpie.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54fa822898833010536c84206970b-pi

It looks like they have joint articulation, not just bendable wire inside. I'm new to felting and just trying to get a good handle on how you can achieve a look like this. Thanks if you have any tips!
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« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2011 03:52:10 PM »

Those definitely look jointed.  I learned how to joint through the poppet pattern found here on craftster.  It's quite simple.
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« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2011 03:59:36 PM »

I know this is an old topic, but on the off chance the OP hasn't already found this answer:

Those particular dolls appear to be using thread joints. It's a very easy way to add some motion to a figure, even if it's very small. There are several tutorials, just search for "string joints" or "thread joints." The downside is that it only provides one point of articulation per limb. Technically you could joint multiple points, but the result would then be something more like a rag doll. It won't hold its pose.

Wire is usually used for full posing ability, though if there is too much wool around the wire it won't bend very far. That's why I've just started wrapping the wire in upholstery foam before felting, to add some give to the core.
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