How to Make a Poseable Mannequin

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How to Make a Poseable Mannequin
You can make a poseable mannequin out of polymer clay. (trapeze image by Matteo Piras from Fotolia.com)

Artists often use poseable mannequin figures when drawing. Unfortunately, buying a pre-made mannequin figure can be costly and can limit how many points of articulation you can view. One solution is to make your own poseable mannequin out of craft supplies that you can bend and form into as many different poses as you need. You can create this type of figure easily from supplies such as flexible polymer clay.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Medium wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Needle-nosed pliers
  • Flexible polymer clay
  • Clay knife
  • Aluminium Swiss roll tray

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut a length of wire to measure 12 inches long using wire cutters.

  2. 2

    Bend the wire into a long oval with needle-nosed pliers, twisting the ends together to secure them. This will be the body of the mannequin.

  3. 3

    Cut two pieces of wire to measure 3 inches long each.

  4. 4

    Attach the pieces to the top of the oval. These will be the upper arms of the form.

  5. 5

    Cut two pieces of wire to measure 2 inches long.

  6. 6

    Attach each piece of 2-inch wire to the end of a 3-inch piece of wire. This will complete the arms.

  7. 7

    Cut two pieces of wire to measure 4 inches long each.

  8. 8

    Attach the pieces to the bottom of the oval. These will be the upper legs of the form.

  9. 9

    Cut two pieces of wire to measure 2.5 inches long.

  10. 10

    Attach each piece of 2.5-inch wire to the end of a 4-inch piece of wire. This will complete the legs.

  11. 11

    Cut four pieces of wire to measure 1 inch each.

  12. 12

    Twist each of the 1-inch pieces of wire onto the end of each arm and leg. These will be the hands and feet.

  13. 13

    Cut a piece of wire to measure 4 inches long.

  14. 14

    Attach one end of the wire to the top of the oval.

  15. 15

    Bend the wire over into a circle. This will be the head and neck of the figure.

  16. 16

    Cover the entire wire figure with flexible polymer clay. Flexible polymer clay will remain bendable after you bake it.

  17. 17

    Shape the clay around the mannequin with a clay knife to make it look more realistic.

  18. 18

    Place the mannequin onto a Swiss roll pan and bake it for 10 minutes in a 150 degree F oven.

  19. 19

    Allow the mannequin to cool completely before using it.

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