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How to Assemble Articulated Mannequins



Introduction

Please read all the way through the instructions before you begin assembly.

These instructions can help you assemble your articulated mannequin and avoid damaging it. After your mannequin is assembled, you can adjust the joints to create a wide variety of expressive and life-like poses.

It may prove easier to fully or partly assemble the mannequin face-down on a vertical surface such as a floor or table-top, then carefully pick up the assembled mannequin and lower it onto the floor stand's foot rod. The floor stand is not used for sitting, kneeling, reclining or other non-standing poses.

 


Instructions

IMPORTANT: Ask someone to assist you when setting up or repositioning your stand-mounted adjustable mannequin, mainly to prevent it from falling over if it becomes unbalanced. If there is too much weight on one side, the mannequin can fall over and risk damage. If the mannequin seems liable to lean during assembly or repositioning, ask your assistant to hold it in place while you work.

1. First, remove all the parts from the box and lay them out on a table-top or floor. There should be:
(2) assembled legs
(2) assembled arms & hands
(1) hip section
(1) torso
(1) head
(1) circular metal floor stand
(1) bag containing Allen wrenches, foot rods, torso connector and head spring

2. Thread one or both of the chrome foot rods into the threaded holes in the circular floor stand, and place the stand where you wish to assemble your mannequin.

3. Make sure the knee joint is straight, for now, and locked in position. If necessary, tighten the joint using the provided hexagonal “Allen” wrench, turning the bolt clockwise to tighten, or counter-clockwise to loosen. When tightening, always use the minimum pressure required to hold the joint in position. EXCEPTION: If you have purchased one of the articulated mannequins on special, these are Plastic, and can be tightened as much as you wish.

Insure that the lateral leg joint, at the top of the leg, is tightened in position (this joint, on both legs, allows the leg to swing out sideways from the body, for a wider stance.) Avoid very wide stances involving both legs, standing, as the sideways force on the knee joints can't be supported.

4. Line up the hole on the bottom of a foot with the foot rod on the circular stand, and slide the foot and leg all the way onto the foot rod.

5. Rotate the circular stand under the mannequin as needed to place the mannequin's center of gravity directly over the stand. If too much weight is on one side, your mannequin can fall over and risk damage.

NOTE: You may need to rotate the stand under the mannequin frequently as you adjust the mannequin's pose and change its center of gravity. Some lopsided poses may require additional support, e.g. a wall to lean against.

 


6. Make sure the large hip bolt in the back of the hip section is unthreaded far enough to fully insert the short metal tube connector ('male' connector) on the leg, and attach the hip section to the left leg by inserting the connector tube all the way into the socket hole in the hip section ('female' connector). Tighten the bolt firmly with the large Allen wrench. (The leg-hip joint can be tighter than the smaller joints. If not tightly set, the leg-hip joint can slip and cause a sudden toppling of the mannequin.)

   

7. Next, attach the right leg to the hip section the same way (3. & 4.), inserting the metal tube connector into the hip socket and tightening the large bolt. NOTE: Later on, to allow greater leg rotation at the hip joint, you can slightly extend the tube connector out of the socket before tightening. For now, work with the tube connectors inserted all the way into the socket.

8. Check to see if both mannequin feet are touching the floor and/or the mannequin will remain standing on its own. If needed to assure balance, reposition a leg, using the Allen wrenches. You may, again, need to rotate the circular stand under the mannequin to place the mannequin's center of gravity directly over the stand. Check this at every step. If there is too much weight on one side, your mannequin can fall over and risk damage.

9. Attaching the arms: The arm-shoulder joints are similar to the leg-hip joints (see Step 6)a tubular connector on the arm is inserted into the socket hole at the shoulder or the torso, and a set bolt is tightened. The bolt heads for tightening the connector are found on the rear shoulders of the torso. Connect each arm to the torso and tighten the bolt. For now, position the arms to hang straight down at eather side of the torso.

10. Using minimal pressure with the medium Allen wrench, tighten the bolts as needed at the elbows. If the hands are not already connected to the arms, they are easily connected by inserting the keyed hand connecter into the corresponding 'key hole' at the end of each wrist, and turning until the hand is even with the wrist.

   

11. Attaching the head spring to the head: Locate the hole at the bottom of the neck. Inside the hole, note a small embedded rod forming a crosspiece; insert the hooked end of the head spring into the hole, hook it under the crosspiece, and pull up to engage the hook around the crosspiece.

   

12. Note the larger embedded crosspiece inside the hollow neck. Insert the head spring (now hooked to the bottom of the head) into the hollow neck until the coils engage the crosspiece, and use pliers to rotate the spring a couple of turns. Then rotate the entire head clockwise, which will begin to pull the head down over and onto the neck. Turn the head clockwise until it feels snug against the neck, without excessive tightness, and is facing the desired direction. The head should be able to tilt up and down to a small degree and hold that position; if not, try tightening it one turn (clockwise) or loosening it one turn (counterclockwise). onto the neck; allow the coils to engage the neck crosspiece and pull the head to the neck. If you push, the hook may come off the head crosspiece and you will have to repeat Step 11.

13. Now you can mount the torso to the hip section. The torso connector is the long 1”-diameter chrome cylinder with a short bolt protruding at one end. Thread the end of the bolt into the threaded hole on the hip section, turning the cylinder clockwise until the bolt is screwed in all the way.

14. Lower the torso onto the connector cylinder by lining up the cylinder with the corresponding hole in the bottom of the torso. You may need to unscrew the small wing nut bolt in the back of the torso far enough for the torso to slide all the way down over the cylinder. When the torso is flush with the hip section, tighten the wing nut in back of the torso to secure it.


Congratulations! Your mannequin is assembled.



Now you can experiment with different poses. Try making small changes at first. Use the Allen wrenches to loosen and then re-tighten the joints as you reposition them.

Try loosening all three joints on an arm, so you can freely position the arm. When you find the position you want, carefully tighten all three joint bolts.

Learn how each joint moves, and try different angles and combinations. Keep the weight of the mannequin vertical on the joints to avoid stressing them.

Remember, when using the free-standing floor stand, keep your mannequin balanced so that it doesn't lean over and fall down!

If after following these instructions you are still having difficulties setting up your mannequin, please contact us.


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Our thanks to Mr. Jeffrey Brown for his feedback and assistance.




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