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Red Tree Frog Tutorial
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The Red Tree Frog uses a European 8 in 1 sheet for the body with an AR of 5.625 (0.225 in / 0.040 in) (18 gauge wire); except for one ring at the tail with an AR of 3.75 (0.150 in / 0.040 in) for tapering. A single pinning ring on the underside at the base uses the larger ring size tying four other rings together. The rear leg thighs use a Box Chain with an AR of 3.75 with 20 gauge wire (0.120 in / 0.032 in). The remainder of the legging uses the 20 gauge wire wrapped or formed as necessary for shape and jointing.
The first one took several days of tinkering, with an uncompleted partial sitting on my chair arm (not shown). The second one took about 5 hours in one working session (with making my own rings included).
Notice the doubling at the joints, this will provide some flexibility. A loop is formed, then a straight length, followed by the second loop. The wire is then directly wrapped along the straight length. The small gap on the straight length for the forelegs is purposeful for attaching to the body.
The feet are shaped to have two single loops at the end that are opened back up. This will be used for attaching to the fore appendages. The front foot wraps back to form the second loop after shaping the toes.
The appendages are attached. When the two single loops are passed through a double loop, I crimp them slightly. They can move side-to-side, but are relatively stable up-and-down.
I tried to split the single loops on either side of the straight length when crimping to aid in stability.
The first interesting part. I used a Box Chain to form the weave. I started with the double loop on the end of the leg - it is easier than trying to attach the leg after. Due to the ring size, the last ring is difficult to get in, but gives the thigh a tight weave and good form. The direction of the final links is important for connecting to the body.
The four limbs built up and ready to be built onto the body.
The body is a European 8-in-1 sheet. Notice the one medium ring, this provides a taper for the tail end of the frog's body.
The second interesting part. The forearm is fed through the sixth down ring (left to right), but is attached to the second up ring (right to left). Notice that the second up ring does NOT go through the sixth down ring, This is important for structure and positioning.
(Editors note, it is the sixth down ring - the down ring on the far left is folded over)
Different perspective with both arms attached. I folded some of the down rings underneath to better show the connections.
Better look at the connection. Notice the direction the double loop is installed.
Attaching the rear legs. The last two down rings are both fed through the last two links on the thigh. This position will be adjusted when the body is pinned.
Turned the frog upside down for the pinning. Depending on how tight the structure is, the pinning ring will go through either four or six of the last up (now down) rings. The body should be relatively tight at this point, and the pinning ring may need some adjustment.
When turned back over, the rear legs will need to be pulled down along the up rings they are attached to. By using two down rings, there is some spring that will aid in keeping the thighs to the bottom edge of the frog body.
Final product and size. I don't have small hands, so this may be easier for some. As long as the Aspect Ratio (AR) is maintained, this should be able to be scaled up with minor adjustments.
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