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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Words to Live By...

George Bernard Shaw once said, "If you can't get rid of the skeleton in your closet, You'd best take it out and teach it to DANCE!"

That's what we are doing today.  Tessie, Zar and I are re working Dollar Tree skeletons to be poseable.

So far, I only have two knees done, but I thought you might like to know how to do it before Halloween comes along.

I have messed with them before to get them to bend, but was not quite satisfied.

I had one of those hair brained, three o'clock in the morning ideas this morning.  And I am pleased to report that it is working just fine.

So far, I only have two knees done, but the skeletons will be dancing any time now.

It was easy to do .  You could do the drilling with a Dremel, but I don't want to get that close to my fingers when I am holding the pieces to drill...

So I opted for my pin vice.  The bit that I am using is the same on that I use for wicker.  And so is the wire. I am not sure what size that is.  I think that the wire is #28.

It just made sense to use covered white wire.  It will take paint if I have to do any adjustments to the color.

I am still going to have to do the arms if I want them to move about more.

I drilled in about 1/8" on each hole.  Then I glued the end of the wire into the upper leg hole. 

I measured how far I would have to cut the other end off.  I cut it and tried it. I did cut them a little longer than I thought they should be.  I would rather have to trim them, than try to glue a minute piece of wire back on!

I am going back now and fix more joints.

Then, if you need me later, I will be somewhere teaching skeletons to dance!

See you tomorrow.


Tina said...

For ages I've been hitting the 'Make A Comment'link and nothing happens. But today for some reason it worked. So I'm going to call your skeleton my good luck charm. I haven't got the patience for fine work like this operation on your skeleton but I agree with the practice of "cut bigger and trim back".

Giac said...

Hello Casey,
Thanks for sharing your technique. That is a great idea and looks well done.
Big hug

Summer said...

Nice post! That skeleton quote makes perfect sense ♥

Jodi Hippler said...

I think it would be cute if you glued a Halloween cookie in the tummy area of the skeleton. Not even they can resist Halloween cookies!

Caseymini said...

No Jodi. No cookies. No stomach!