The skeleton is the starting point of manufacture. It must be durable and resistant, for it is what allows the different movements and positions of our dolls. It is invisible under the silicone skin, but its quality is extremely important, both in the choice of materials and the variety of joints and axes of rotation. Our skeletons are methodically assembled by hand, and checked at each stage of assembly.
Metal pipes on high pressure areas, stainless steel joints, brake nuts, stop bolts… ask the best for your doll !
The back and the legs of the dolls are strategic points and must be of high resistance, for they undergo strong pressures during the manipulations.
The skeleton of our dolls is made of metal tubes with a thickness of 3mm at the spine and legs. This thickness therefore makes these areas unbreakable over the entire life span.
The metal parts manufactured by welding two parts together are not adapted to the different pressures endured by the dolls during handlings. A breakage of these parts can quickly happen.
No joint of our skeletons contains welded parts. All the joints are composed of pieces made from a single block of steel, their strengh is therefore optimum.
We use brake nuts to prevent the joints from being too stiff, or loosing tightening over time. Thanks to these nuts, the joints of the skeleton are tightened optimally, while maintaining their ease of movement. The brake nuts are enough on their own, but we add stop bolts.
They ensure optimal friction of the joints and never get worn out. Thanks to them, the movements are easy and smooth, and the washers greatly reduce the creaking sounds of the skeleton.
The joints and the rotation axes are not the same thing. We call « joints » the parts of the body that can bend, and « rotation axes » the articulations that allow a rotation of a part of the body.
Let’s take the example of the ankle : its « joint » allows a movement of the tip of the foot from botton to top, and its « rotation axis » allows a movement of the tip of the foot from the left to the right.
The skeleton of our dolls offers both movements, and each area has required numerous tests and designs to optimize the range of gestures with the resistance of the silicone, and avoid any non-human position (twisted knees or elbows…) Our skeletons offer a great performance, for highly realistic gestures and positions.
The skeleton of our dolls, a maximum number of joints, in the image of the human body :
In addition to these joints, our skeletons offer many axes of rotation which multiply the possibilities of movements of our dolls :
Our human-sized dolls are articulated from neck to feet to able countless natural positions. In a few minutes, this video shows how to manœuvre our dolls, and presents the potential of achievable postures.
High quality of the materials, durability of joints, wide range of movements, these are our requirements for the skeletons of our dolls.
But what would these performances be without a silicone of extreme quality ? Our dolls are composed of an internal skeleton, but also of a silicone skin of unequaled quality, that we are the only ones to use : Our Soft Skin silicone. Click below to see more.
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