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Building Your Own Sculpture Armature with Eric Michael Wilson

Building Your Own Sculpture Armature
Everything You Need to Know to Build an Armature Learn how to build your very own flexible armature for figure sculpting in this lesson

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Eric Michael Wilson
Modeling & Sculpture
Human Figure
58m 43s

In this lesson master sculptor Eric Michael Wilson show you how to build your own flexible armature for figure sculpture using an aluminum wire. Eric will teach you everything you need to know, including materials, tools, and a step-by-process to constructing your armature, getting proportions correct, building an armature support stand and planning future moulding considerations.



  • Artistic Anatomy by Paul Richer
  • Aluminum Ruler or Measuring Tape
  • 3/16″ Aluminum Wire
  • 18 Gauge Aluminum Wire
  • 2 3/16″ Aluminum ferrules
  • T Nut
  • Needle Nose Pliers or Wire Cutters
  • Hammer
  • Calipers
  • Sharpie Marker
  • Armature Stand
  • 18″ x 18″ Piece of 3/4″ Melamine
  • 5 Washers
  • Permanent Strength Threadlocker
  • 2 Crescent Wrenches
  • Locking Pliers or Pipe Wrench
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