How to support the skeleton
The spineThis was one of the very first steps. I used a long length of string with through the vertebrae, and sorted out the vertebrae into the four main groups (neck or cervical, rib cage or thoracic, lower back or lumbar, and tail or caudal.). Cervical and lumbar vertebrae tend to slot together in a particular order so you just have to keep trying. Thoracic vertebrae are more similar.
The neck vertebrae have two extra small holes in them:
The ribsThe ribs were the hardest part to get right. I had paired them then matched them to each vertebrae at the start, then had drilled holes to attach them right at the start.
This pair were from the middle-to-back end of the ribcage, which you can tell because the second attachment isn't as well defined as the first pair above:
Attaching the pelvis
The big difference between this badger and when I prepared Vulpy is that the sacrum - where the pelvis attaches - is not properly glued on here, but the wires slot into it. The sacrum and femurs are attached to the pelvis by drilling through holes, inserting wires, pushing the wires all the way in, and putting a tiny amount of plaster in the holes at the end. The two halves of the pelvis are connected by wires in the same way I did Vulpy, and then I drilled through to the sacrum in the same way. Then I added glue ont the joins, and pulled together with two elastic bands overnight:
The black dot neat the sacrum is one of the drill holes. When it was filled with plaster it was invisible:
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