Apr 5, 2010

Detour : Legion Part V

It's my Birthday!

Slight detour on the sculpture, to show you a new tool i recently acquired.
My girlfriend got me a dremel tool for my birthday, and i am really exited about it!
The Proxxon dremel tool is used for grinding, sanding, cutting, buffing, -you name it.
A multi purpose precision rotary tool. SO i'll stop geeking out and show you how i'm using this new tool for the legion project.

So, using the dremel tool, i made a Telescopic armature upgrade for the legion sculpture.
a telescopic armature is basically a re attachable armature, it enable you to remove certain areas like limbs, to ease sculpting, and then re attach them. The name comes form the construction of this armature which is similar to a traditional telescope, where two or more cylinders are placed within each other, allowing the telescope to be extended and retracted.

So to start, you need two angular brass rods that slide into each other.

So using my new dremel tool, i cut small segments of two different size angular brass rods.

Here is the brass rod cut, you will have to clean up the insides with a knife and sandpaper to ensure smooth connection.

The sizes of the rods only vary slightly, allowing the smaller rod to slide in and out the larger rod.

So, if you noticed in the background, there are both of his arms prepared with a telescopic armature.

Scroll down more, to see how i made the hand armatures.

i used the same technique as before, twisting fine wire to form the skeleton of the fingers and forearm. Later, with the help of some epoxy, stick the wire armature of the hand to a segment of the brass rod.

Super glue the loose wires so they don't run when you sculpt.

when the epoxy hardens, you have one part of your telescopic armature ready!

For the other half of the telescopic armature, i've attached the larger brass rod segments to the torso of the sculpture, again using epoxy putty.

When the epoxy cures, you can attach the hands and they slide in like butter! now you can bulk you clay on them, and when you want to move into fine detail, pull them out and put you full focus on each individual piece. A great advantage to really sink into those details!

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