Last week I wrote about it when it was finished, but here is the first of two big big posts about I did it. There may be better ways or different ways to do it, but this is how I did it....
You will need...
- A complete skeleton (important !) preferably with almost all the bones. Here was mine:
- A tube of glue. I used a standard tube of glue from B&Q. I wouldn't recommend superglue because it will set too fast if you make mistakes.
- Nail polish remover to get rid of the glue if you make a mistake
- Cocktail sticks
- Wire. I used wire used for tying plants to frames.
- A drill with a 1mm and 1.5mm drill bits. I used a hand drill, which Ben Garrod said was silly, but it would have been more difficult to do it with a power drill. Dad used a clamp to clamp the drill upside down on the table which was smart.
- A cable tie.
- Bendy cords
- A tray and box with lots of small compartments
- Spare cardboard
- Elastic bands
- Electrical tape or masking tape
- A small light clamp like washing line pegs.
- A pencil
- No small brothers messing things up.
Putting the fox spine together
Put the vertebrae (spine bones) in a separate pile, and sort into the three or four main groups. These are the cervical (neck) vertebrae, which are quite square, the thoracic (ribbed/chest) vertebrae which usually have a large spike in the middle, the lumbar (lower back) vertebrae which have angled arms on each side, and the tail (caudal) vertebrae which are much much smaller. You don't need the caudal vertebrae yet.
Sort out each group and work out how they fit together. This is mostly trial and error. Here is the neck, with the atlas (the vertebrae next to the skull, shaped like a wingnut) on the right, the axis (the next vertebrae, below the atlas) next to it, and the first few thoracic vertebrae on the left.
Here is the other end with the
The wire wasn't long enough to go the whole length so I overlapped with a second wire and taped them together.
Preparing the fox skull
Attaching the pelvis
Plan the pose
Preparing the back legsVulpy was a young fox, so the tops of some of the bones weren't properly fused yet. I used glue and elastic bands to stick them back on then left them to set. These are the tibias which are the shin bones. When you lie them flat like this the bones should bend out slightly at the knee end at the top, so these are left and right in the correct order:
Preparing the front legs
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