Make Wire Armature For Breakdancing Figure

Decorating By chocolatestone Updated 24 Jun 2012 , 2:50pm by snowshoe1

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chocolatestone Posted 21 Jun 2012 , 10:09am
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I need to make a gumpaste figure of a man doing an arched handstand. I've only made basic figures. I know that I would need to make a wire armature but I've never made one before. What wire should I use? How will I shape the wire for this particular figure? How do I add the gumpaste to the wire armature? The figure is for a wedding cake topper so it will be dressed in a tux. How would I add the clothes? Really will appreciate all the help I can get. Thanks.

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snowshoe1 Posted 24 Jun 2012 , 2:50pm
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I like to use the 1/8" wire for making armatures and will use this guage when making a complicated figure over 6" tall. I posted a tutorial on my blog where I used an armature (this one was made using a purchased 'human' wire armature because it can be a bit difficult to wrap the wire tightly so it is solid; most art stores, like Pearl Paint, carry these in-stock).

Here is a link to how we made a figure about 16" tall (if I were creating your dancing figure I would follow the same method and once the 'body' is built I would add the clothing in pieces):

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