Most of the supplies showed up yesterday afternoon. The vacuum chamber looks pretty awesome, I’m glad I didn’t try to make it myself. The ball joints from China are indeed much stronger than the other magnets I purchased. I decided that the stronger joints that will be arriving next week will work for the hip and arm joints. I only bought a small amount of silicone and resin, just to try out and make sure it’s the kind I want to use. But a part of me wishes I had got the bigger sizes because I am ready to start making this mannequin.

So tonight I plan to work on sculpting the smaller parts like feet and hands, knee and elbow joints. I still have to sculpt the skull. Then I’ll make some molds of those parts and cast them all at once. If all goes well I’ll order a large amount of silicone and resin and cast the pelvis and rib cage. I still have to create some sort of support system that will hold the mannequin upright. I can work on that while I’m waiting for the silicone and resin to arrive (if they indeed work out well). I also have to figure out a spine design as well as fingers. So plenty of stuff to do. The entire process is still feeling really good, I think this is going to be a successful project.

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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