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How to Make a Skeleton Marionette - Part 2


Part one of this tutorial is right here

In this part of the tutorial we make the various pieces (bones) for the marionette.



Making the Marionette


Print up the template. It shows you the shape and size of all the bone pieces of the skeleton. For the eight long bones (arms and legs) you bend a piece of wire like you see in the picture. And make each of these a little bit longer than the bone size. This is so the wire will stick out and we can use it to assemble the marionette together.

Almost any kind of wire will do. 16 gauge is about right. It just needs to act as an armature within the bones and have hoops that stick out each end of the bones.





Now use some kind of an oven baked clay to shape the bones right on those wires you made.










Just like this! The first bone is done. Notice how there is a wire hoop sticking out each end. We need that. And see the crisp line down the middle? I did that with an xacto knife. So, use any tools you need to get the bone shapes the way you want them.









This is how to shape the wires for the feet. Do something similiar for the hands. And you can see that I have six of the long bones done.








Now let's make the head. We first start with a ball of aluminum foil. This will make it quicker and easier to harden and it saves you a lot of the clay. Shape it roughly into the shape of a skull.








Poke a wire through that head from top to bottom and form hoops with the wire both top and bottom.

In this picture I haven't yet formed the hoops.








Now tear off bits of clay and apply them to the skull slowly shaping it into a skull. Leave the top and bottom wire hoops exposed.









The skull

And that's it! The skull is shaped. Notice the wire hoops are exposed. We need those later.

If you do this project be sure to send me a picture of the skull you make. This is my favorite part.








For the Torso create a wire armature that looks like this. Notice the hoops that stick out at the shoulders, hips and the neck.










Now fill in the torso with foil just like you did with the skull. Notice the shoulders, neck and backbone.

This whole thing has a nice shape to it. I like it!


Nextokay! Let's clay it up.







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