Another Skeleton Upgrade

I still can’t tell you what I’m working on, but thought I’d share my latest skeleton upgrade. If you’ll recall, I’m working on a secret project that involves a skeleton. Well, I decided she had to be articulated — or else I was going to bend her bones and that just looks painful — and I was pleased to discover that it just wasn’t that hard to do.

SuppliesFor this project, I used my “go-to” glue (Aleen’s Quick Dry Tacky Glue), some 28-gauge wire, a craft knife, and a tiny hand drill.

UPDATE: Make that glue Zap-A-Gap (a CA glue). While getting her into final position, I managed to yoink off one of her hands. While attempting a repair, I ripped out her forearm. At which point I just pulled out her shoulder and repaired all the joints with Zap-A-Gap and they’re much stronger for it.

In place of the hand drill, you can use a straight pin/needle, but the hand drill makes it easier. If you like working small and don’t have one of these little drills, I have to tell you — I bought mine on a whim (it was probably on sale) and I use it all the time. It’s not one of my “have to have” tools, but it is one of my “I’m so glad I have this” tools.

cutting skeletonA standard craft knife slices right through the elbow joint.


cut away sectionAfter slicing the elbow joint, I noticed the bright white of the original plastic — I stained the white spot to match the bone. Certainly don’t want any glaring white bits when the lady bends her arm.


drillingDrilling the holes — I hope the different color paints on my fingers don’t give away too much about what I’m working on. :D


wires insertedI inserted wires (with a dab of glue) into the elbow joint and the wrist joint. After those had some time to dry, I inserted the other end of the wire into the corresponding body part (forearm and hand).


articulated armAnd, voilĂ ! The articulated arm. This method isn’t sturdy enough to hold up to endless posings, but it’s perfect for my purpose.

My secret purpose.

1 comment for “Another Skeleton Upgrade

  1. Carolyn
    April 21, 2011 at 7:32 am

    An oh so clever surgery to make that Skelly girl bend to your will. Thanks for sharing your creative process.

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