Tuesday, March 20, 2012

03 Armature Nº 21

I decided to make some wooden feet for my wire armature, and I have this broken rake in my scrap box, so I decided to use it.

It looks like it will fit the feet perfectly.

After cutting the rake handle to length, I then cut it in half, then drilled a hole in each foot to accept a one-half inch dowel which is cut to about one inch in length. I glued the dowels in the holes. When the glue dried, I drilled holes through the dowels for the leg wire to go through.

I ended up using some one half inch diameter dowels for the arms, and the lower legs. I found a piece of 2x2 in my scrap box, and used it for the upper legs.

One other thing i did was change the back iron to a one quarter inch diameter threaded rod. Then I countersunk the hole through the torso, and added a nut to each side. This is a detail of the front of the torso.

This is a detail of the back of the torso. I am always willing to deviate from my original ideas if a better idea comes along.

At this point, I am ready to exchange the two-stranded wire for some four-stranded wire.

This is a photo of some of the armature making tools I am using.

At the top is a tape rule for measuring inches, and a flexible ruler for measuring centimeters. In the middle are some pliers. from left to right are needle nose pliers, side cutters, standard pliers, lineman's pliers, needle nose vise-grips, and some channel-lock pliers. At the bottom is a ball peen hammer.

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