I started sculpting the rib cage for the art mannequin out of super sculpey. I’m using my printouts to help me keep it to scale. I’ll create a mold from it when finished and then create the final part out of resin. I feel like resin is going to be heavy, but I don’t know what else to use at the moment. And since this is a prototype I just have to create a working model for now.

Some of the magnets arrived for the ball joints, and after playing around with them for a while I am starting to think they won’t be strong enough to hold a pose. I am hoping the Chinese joints will be stronger, but I am already giving thought to a different type of ball joint, maybe even going back to the double-ball joint idea that I originally wanted to avoid.

I ordered a vacuum chamber and some dragon skin silicone. I plan to cast all the muscles with the silicone since it can stretch without tearing and return to it’s original shape. The vacuum chamber is a device that is used to eliminate air bubbles from the silicone so that the final parts will be free of defects.

By Cody Deegan

Cody Deegan is a life-long artist versed in drawing, painting, sculpting, and design. He studied filmmaking and character animation at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles as well as figurative oil painting at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle.

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