How to Make a Wire Skeleton for a Polymer Clay Figure
The skeleton of the figurine
The first thing I’d like to stress is easily viewed in the diagram to the right. This diagram illustrates both the correct and wrong way to create a craft wire skeleton. You definitely want extensions at the hips and shoulders and not like a stick figure. If you do it without shoulders or hips, the figure won’t come out right and all sorts of problems will result. Luckily, I learned about creating a craft wire skeleton the right way the very first time I attempted polymer clay sculpture.
I couldn’t imagine going to all the trouble of getting the clay on the figure and finding that it wouldn’t work and I had to start over.
If this happened to you don’t get frustrated and quit, simply have another go at it another time when you’re well rested and feeling patient. There are other mistakes I made early on that required me to start over again. I did have my fair share of growing pains. Polymer clay sculpture is a learning process and you’ll always be learning new things.
Adding padding (and more)
Once you have your craft wire skeleton done correctly, it’s time to add tin foil to it. This stuff is useful for a few different reasons. Tinfoil is important to reach success in polymer clay sculpture as it sutures the craft wire skeleton to the polymer clay. It’s also great for shaping the figurine, bulking it up, and saving on the amount of polymer clay needed. The craft wire skeleton, tinfoil, and polymer clay all work hand in hand for a successful venture in polymer clay sculpture. I recommend against creating any figurines without a craft wire skeleton. Without a skeleton, it will eventually crack and break easily.
Let’s take a closer look at what goes into creating a craft wire skeleton properly wrapped in tinfoil. It’s not hard at all but may take some time to perfect.
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There you have it, how to create a craft wire skeleton for a polymer clay figure. Perhaps creating the skeleton and wrapping it in tinfoil isn’t the most fun part of the job, but it’s certainly the most important. If you don’t have a skeletal structure, you don’t have a polymer clay figure. It’s that simple friend. Take your time and perfect your skeleton. If you don’t, you’ll be in the middle of adding polymer clay when you wish you had. Always take your time and have a clear mind when taking on a polymer clay project such as this (or any other for that matter).