Creating Poseable Hands!
My husband is responsible for my Bean's poseable hands! He took on the challenge and did awesome things for me!! Yay! Now my Bean can pose:)
First, cut out the hand pattern in the reticulated foam.
The directions suggest an exacto knife, but for most f it, scissors were better.
The wide razor blades we bought were AWESOMELY sharp
*so much so, that I have a few new cuts from it barely bumping against my finger! NOT a tool to use with little ones running around!
Cut the "palm" of the hand out of hard plastic.
We cut it out of a rubbermaid storage tub lid that we didn't need anymore. That stuff is HARD.
You can also use chipboard or something like it, but it has to be HARD and it has to be THIN.
Next, you have to poke holes where the four fingers will connect to the 'palm'. Patrick tried the exacto knife, but it broke. I think he ended up using his pocket/carpet knife.
Then, take your bendable wire 'fingers' and insert them into the holes.
Lastly, take your stiff wire (this needs to actually be hard to bend) and glue all wires to teh plastic using epoxy.
This will need a FULL 24 HOURS to dry.
The next day, place the wires on the top of one piece of foam.
Using more contact cement, place the other piece of foam on top and press together.
Wait 15 minutes, then place contact cement around the outside edges.
Wait ANOTHER 15 minutes, (yeah, a lot of waiting here) then squeeze the edges together. The contact cement will leave you with a nice rounded edge.
TaDa! Give me a hand! Lol... I'm such a hoot!
Place the foam inside the sewn up hand pattern and you're ready to go!
|Abyni getting the first hug & kiss from Bean!|
You can find more information in my previous posts Making the Head & Body as well as the Making of the Mouth.
Tomorrow, we'll make the arms and legs and be ready to go!
Question of the Day:
In what way does your husband show his support for you and your hobbies/work/projects?