I ripped apart my leg build up.
I disassembled the hip/thigh and feet joints
I cleaned them.
I put them back together with JB weld.
I WALKED AWAY.
I came back 24 hours later.
Things are looking good!
Oh wait... no things are looking bad.
I stopped and had a moment with myself.
I should just rip this whole thing apart and start again / that will take a long time / sometimes its worth it to just cut your losses / if I don't take the extra time now I may be screwing myself horribly in the future / but I really like the way the torso came out.... and it is still working fine / if it ain't broke don't fix it / what the hell should I do
THIS IS FUN
Yup. In the midst of complaining and cursing to myself I found myself smiling. The truth of the matter is no matter what I love building things. I also love destroying things that have been craftily built (if you are a stop mo animator you KNOW the joy of being handed a beautiful pristine prop knowing that to do your shot right you MUST DESTROY IT). So I ripped off what was left of the legs. I cleaned them again. I JB welded again, this time a little more thoroughly. Then I posed the crap out of my puppet because a) it seemed like a fun idea b) I could test if the torso and arms were still holding up.
|Cleaned off the parts with rubbing alcohol|
|Skinny thighs after ripping off all of the foam leg build up. All that remains is the apoxy sculpt that I reinforced the lower leg with. I think I will go back and reinforce the upper leg as well.|
|Posing without fingers!! The fingers are being kept safe in a ziploc for now. I'm also going to redo where the neck joint attaches to the head. This is only a placeholder head anyways!|
They held up. I'm gonna leave them for now. If I need to rip apart the precious work I have put into my puppets in the next few weeks, I'm ok with it. In fact it's going to be a good time.
Oh yes and back to the point of this entire post.
For ever step backwards that has happened, I learn something. Even if it is the tiniest something I still have a little more information than when I started.
Therefore every step backwards is really just another step forward.
So there are no backwards steps. This makes me feel pretty alright.