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THE BRIDE of ARTICULATION

OK haunters here is another one of those ideas that I had to build, just to get the design out of my head.

Sometimes, wood may not the best choice to build body form, so I wanted to try the "spring tension" system using PVC.



This is the THE BRIDE of ARTICULATION...or...another pose-able body form





and just like the BRIDE of Frankenstein, she is smaller, lighter, cleaner, better designed, and far more pose-able than her predecessor, (The Articulated form). http://www.hauntforum.com/showthread.php?t=14638



Here is the couple side by side....you can almost hear her hissing at him.
 

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I used 1" PVC to build the "bones" for this body

http://zombietronix.com/calculator_biped.php
For the length of the body parts, I have been using the measurements straight from the"bi-ped" calculator at Zombietronix....a very usefull tool



Again, I have been shopping in the chain link fence section at Lowe's, and came up with these nifty little post caps.



I used the same "spring tension" system to bolt the "bones" together and create working hinges / joints



Here is the set-up for the hinge....flat washers and lock washers bolted through the eye holes with a lock nut on the end.
 

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I used the drill press to add holes on all 4 sides





The metal fence caps are slightly larger than the PVC, so I used coated deck screws to hold them together.



Pile of bones.
 

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The first Articulated Form had 12 hinged joints....The BRIDE has 14 hinged joints and an additional 12 rotation points or "pin and slot joints"



The pin and slot rotators are made with a 1' PVC coupling.
The pin and slot joints were inspired by the an outstanding articulated PVC body by Merlin Calhoun..."Merlin's Figure Armature"...http://www.hauntershangout.com/home/Myarmature.asp



I used a 1/4" guide to cut the slots



I used the miter saw to to carefully slice open a slot in the coupling, and a screw to hold the "bones" together.



Yes, I do use PVC primer and PVC glue.....I want the strongest bond I can get.
 

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The coupling is only glued on the un-slotted side....the slotted side is dry fitted so that it can spin.
Do not get any primer on the slotted side, as it will totally bind the rotator...I found this out the hard way.





These screws fit just right in the 1/4" slot....



Here you can see the metal hinges and the PVC rotators



She is very light on her feet and doesn't balance or stand to well on her on, so she gets nailed to the ground.
 

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I used extra large nails (spikes) to stake here feet to the ground to keep her standing.







The really cool thing about this prop is that once you have all the spring hinges tightined up, it poses instantly, repeatedly, and stays where you pose it. If the joints are too loose, just tighten them up with 2 wrenches.



Extreme posing is no problem for the Bride, as you can see she's a real drama queen.

FOR A COMPLETE PARTS LIST GO HERE ----- http://www.hauntforum.com/showthread.php?t=15432&page=4
 

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Great, great, great! This is a very useful project that I am sure will be copied many times over and over again.

so, the big question of the day.....what was your investment $ into this project?
 

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Dave took the comment and question right out of my mouth.

I'm especially interested because we have planned a number of zombies this year for the yard.
 

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Mee three!
This is a fantastic body form. Doesn't look that difficult to put together if you have the tools handy.

This is a very nice how-to. I find most leave out details figuring we would just know what to do.

There will be an army of these really quickly.
 

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Okay, as soon as I saw her, I thought of this (because she's clearly a Lady:)):

 

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Very sweet design! Yes please a rundown on cost.

Your gal looks like she's bustin' some funky moves in those pix.

Oh yeah... awesome how-to, by the way!
 

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Hey everyone...Thanks for the nice comments from all.
OK.....I have been checking my receipts form Lowe's, and I spent more than I remembered.....
Here is the break down....
PVC $17
Hardware...$75.
glue and primer $3

$95. for everything.

HARDWARE was the the budget buster....

ProfessorEvil found this supplier http://www.ronshomeandhardware.com/P...96284&CartID=1
for the end caps....looks like that could save a good deal of $..
Also SpectreTTM sent this link for hardware... http://www.boltdepot.com/product.asp...=7&cm=79&cd=78

Looks like we could trim off $10 to $20, if we try hard.
 

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RoxyBlue...thanks so much for the theme music...It's perfect...now that's what I hear in my head when I work with the bride...
 
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