Well, this is basically what the armature looks like 90% finished.

Comment by StopmoNick on February 25, 2014 at 6:33pm

Durn it, that's way too purdy fer an armature that gits all covered up!  I love the pose, the character is already coming through!

I suck at silver soldering and would avoid it where possible, but I'm not sure I trust epoxy to hold the rod into the ball.  But give it a try.  Try twisting the leg, if the epoxy holds up to that it should be good to go.  Epoxy holds my wires into the aluminium foot blocks ok so it might work for this.

Comment by Mike on February 25, 2014 at 6:51pm

Awesome, Thanks! That makes me very happy.

It's interesting what you say about epoxy. I just did a rough test shoot with it over the weekend, and the hip joint came loose. haha. I scraped out what I could, and set it again with a stronger epoxy used for welding pipes. I'm going to test again eventually and see how it holds up. 

Comment by Phil Englert on February 25, 2014 at 7:22pm

I love the skull and rib cage design.  what material did you use to create the torso, chest and skull?  

Comment by Mike on February 25, 2014 at 7:31pm

Thank you. The chest was modeled it out of polymer clay. For the torso, I got a couple plastic gumball-machine containers, trimmed out the spaces for the leg sockets, and modeled the interior with clay. The head was mostly all clay, but I did chop a ping-pong ball in half to get a nice sphere for the top and base of the skull. Then I took all them and made silicone molds to cast solid copies out of a resin plastic compound. 

It's super light-weight, but very durable, even the little bits (like the jaw) are pretty strong.

Comment by felicia rose on February 26, 2014 at 12:12am

Beautiful armature!

Comment by Greyguy on February 26, 2014 at 2:51am

nice character

Comment by Mike on February 26, 2014 at 10:52am

Hey, thanks! This is my second steel armature, and the first time I've used resin, so I'm glad you folks seem to like it. I could have done a lot differently, but I'm still learning.

Comment by Edwin Rosado on March 6, 2014 at 8:11am

Great job on the armature!

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