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« on: May 20, 2017 12:01:34 PM »

I've made a few of these over the years with varying degrees of success. At first I made the body parts first out of tin foil and premo clay then assembled with wire joints.
https://goo.gl/photos/7kHB1HjFL81U9E1b9

But the joints caused too much strain on the parts and over time, they crack and crumble away.

So now I'm using a full body wire skeleton with tin foil to fill out the body parts, then I'll top with premo clay and bake. I really want to make the fingers and tentacles pose-able and I want to cover the discolored wire of the joints. I'm thinking about trying to use latex for these parts with a bit of paint or food coloring to color match but I thought I'd ask here to see if anyone has any better suggestions.
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« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2017 08:10:19 AM »

I have been using nail polish to paint exposed wire. I don't think it will hold up to a lot of moving around and being played with but for a sculpture that will be posed and left in position it should be fine. Lots of colours available and cheap to buy, easy to paint over for repairs too.
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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2017 10:44:35 AM »

It's actually going to be getting posed a lot probably. I hope to use the doll for some photography opportunities when I travel Europe this winter. I've been doing some reading though and am debating using a flex seal rubber or something like that.
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« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2017 08:07:14 AM »

Latex is a good idea, but I believe it does degrade over time.  There's this "dip-it" rubber stuff you can buy which is good for making bendy tentacles and other structures, here's a tutorial:

https://www.figurerealm.com/customtutorial?action=view&id=15

There's not a lot you can do about metal wire breaking if you bend it too much/often though.
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