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Armature

Now it's time to make the wire armature of Dakius.
The easiest way to create the armature is to use iron wire and a 2" cocktail stick.
His arms are also 2" long, bending halfway to make an elbow joint.
His legs are 2,5" long, bending at 0,2" for the feet and from there on at 1" for the knees.

Take the cocktail-stick, take a length of iron wire and loop it around the stick (about three times will do) so it stays in place.
Bend the wire at shoulder height and at elbow height, bend it again at the end of the hand, and go back parallel to the first wire. This will become the left arm. End the arm about halfway down the cocktail-stick, loop it around again and start on the other arm.
The other arm should also end at about halfway down the stick.

Loop it around a few times to go down the stick to work on the legs. Those are done the same way as the arms, bend these at the hips, the knees and the feet, turn back and end the left leg at the end of the cocktail-stick.
Do the other leg in the same manner and finish by looping your last bit of wire round the stick and the 'hips'.



As I had some wire left after doing the hips, I've used the extra wire to flesh out the chest and upper part of the legs. This may seem difficult, but just try to wind the iron wire round the cocktail stick and the legs.
You should end up a nice wireframe model as shown on the right.

Bend the arms and the legs to set Dakius in the position you want. If you want to bend his back, carefully break the cocktail-stick at waist and shoulder height.