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Ultra Lightweight Fully Posable Character Frame or "Skeleton"

Used this method for my "Dorkin Man"
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An easy way to build a prop or character that is:
>lightweight enough to dangle or hang
>safe to bump against if hanging low
>bounces and reacts to motion ( or if bumped)
>fully posable - even the spine is curve-able
>able to alter joint potion and limb portion lengths on the fly.
> Can bend into "fetal position" for easy storage.
>Can build and tailor the degrees of desired sturdiness/ "floppiness"
>costs less than using PVC
>takes less time than using PVC


The magic material for this is 9 gage fencing wire.
The following example will NOT be self-supporting,
but the method can be used on the upper half of a standing prop.


I start at the neck. For the Dorkin man I took measurements for guidance, but here I'm just following the costume.
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Somewhat like tracing a crime scene outline.
There's extra length on the limbs to attach hands and feet (which can also be made with this wire).
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Once the outlining is complete it might seem unmanageable.
Anchoring a few key points against something stable will help bring things in line.
Using some corrugated plastic sheet here.
I tape together points that likely won't be getting altered.
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Weight ~ 1-2 lbs
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Here it is hanging from a flimsy coat hanger with no tipsiness.
There are numerous lightweight fillers that can be used to finish this off.
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For the Spidey Kid, I plan to use scrap polystyrene from this project (teaser):
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NOTE: If you want to make portions more or less sturdy, just change the amount of "strands" or winding on that portion.



That's all there is to it!
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I buy it in 50 ft spools at Lowes, but it is available in most stores that sell anything to do with fencing/hardware.
I use it A LOT: Spider legs Bat Wings, antennae, Giant rat hands. etc.

You can get this 9 gauge fencing wire at the usual Home Depot or Lowes? Great and simple idea to create these!
 

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Attic Hatch: Can you cut it with regular wire snips or do you need something bigger?
Good question!
Regular wire snips likely won't work.
The snips I have are perfect for this.
No bigger than regular snips and it really holds the wire when cutting:

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I forget how much I paid.
Bought them at Lowe's a few years ago.
The cheapest I've seen online are ~ $20

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Wow! I needed this for my Zombie Attack Puppet for this year. (Full zombie on your back, etc.) I didn't have a way for it to grab onto me. This should do the trick and not be as clumsy to wear on my body as PVC.

Thanks!! :D
 

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Yep, should work.
This is SO fun to work with.
You'll be working out so many more poses without having to think about it!

You can make hands like this too, so you can pose for clawing , giving the finger, etc.
Wow! I needed this for my Zombie Attack Puppet for this year. (Full zombie on your back, etc.) I didn't have a way for it to grab onto me. This should do the trick and not be as clumsy to wear on my body as PVC.

Thanks!! :D
 
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