Sadako armature

This is the only blog about Sadako I wrote last year…I thought I would share this again – the trials and tribulations of armature-building

Hazel Reeves

It’s one thing building the armature for a third life-size maquette. It’s another thing building an armature for a four-fifths life-size sculpture, even though it is of a ten-year old girl. I am definitely out of my comfort zone. The armature needs to be able to support the weight of the clay without drooping or tipping. The clay must be able to cling to the armature. And the armature needs to be able to support the weight of the rubber during the mould-making process. A tall order. There isn’t the time to make too many mistakes. My model is off to Japan in July and the sculpture needs to be cast in July/August and unveiled in September. So I bring in the expertise of Andrew Brown, co-owner of the Sussex Sculpture Studios http://www.sussexsculpture.co.uk/ .

We agree that a purchased ‘half life-size’ sliding armature should be sufficient to give this small…

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