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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.

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.

« 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:


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