Tie-down and Armature Basics

Before starting, I would like to mention that the armatures on this page are designed for non-animation purposes; however, the turntable is applicable for creating any sculpture.  I will try to come out with an animation video ASAP.

Step One – Make a Tie-Down Turntable

Supplies needed:
- [1] 12" wooden round panel
- [3] PVC test caps
- [9] 3/4" wood screws
- 1/4" drill bit
- 1 1/2" (1/4" 20 thread) machine screws and nuts for tie-downs

Step Two – Making a Tie-Down Armature

Making a sturdy armature doesn't have to be difficult or take much time.  Knowing how to create an armature opens up an infinite number of possibilities a sculptor cannot obtain without support.

This is intended for solid models, not animation puppets.  

Supplies needed:
- 12 gauge galvanized steel wire
- (optional) 16 gauge galvanized steel wire for arms
- gaffer tape (medical tape will work as well)
- thermoplastic, like Instamorph or friendly plastic
- 1 1/2" (1/4" 20 thread) machine screws and nuts for tie-downs
- tie-down table – or if you don't have one, you can make a tie-down turntable in my other video