It's customizing time! Today we'll be covering how to make simple Cut Joints and how to use magnets to make Magna-Joints. These techniques are very simple and take just a little bit of practice to master. First up:
The Cut Joint
Here we'll be duplicating a normal Cut Joint that most action figures have. To get a feeling of what you're going to try and do, take apart a cut joint from a spare arm or leg using a hairdryer to heat the plastic. Examine how the "mushroom cap" head snaps into the wider area back inside the other piece. We'll be using a screw to duplicate the mushroom cap and drilling our own space in the other piece. Time to start cutting.
Now that you've created the shaft, you need to drill out the hole it will fit into. This may require some practice and I suggest watching your Dentist Burr bit to make sure it's not melting the plastic onto the end. If it does, you may need to drop the speed down on your Dremel.
This joint is best used when you want to have a removable arm or hand that can be switched out quick and easy with another part. I buy my magnets at Gaussboys.com where you can get a HUGE selection for just pennies a piece. They're very strong and can hold most parts of a figure together. I wouldn't suggest the smaller magnets for the torso area; you'll want to get bigger ones for that. Ok, time to start cutting!
Ta-dah! If done correctly, the Magna-Joint will spin just like a Cut-Joint and can be taken on and off easily. You can achieve all sorts of cool effects by burying magnets into different parts of your figures. You can make a weapon that attached to the back or leg of your figure, or even make detachable armor this way! The possibilities are endless. Enjoy!
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