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Base for busts

Discussion in 'General Figure Talk' started by callmehobbes, Apr 9, 2021.

  1. callmehobbes Active Member

    Country:
    England
    Hi - I'm working on a large (heavy) bust (Mookies SBS). Im not sure how to mount it so that it wont be top heavy and unstable. Any advise welcome.
  2. Airkid A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    I tend to use 50mm cube bases with a plinth-type foot. Gives something like a 65mm square footprint. If you mount the bust on a short rod, it will keep the CG low and stability shouldn't be a problem.

    Phil
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  3. Forté A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Really depends on the size and how unstable you feel it would be.

    I use different ones to try and match the bust design.

    If you're looking to buy a plinth I can likely recommend some sellers depending on where you are. Many of them do custom work too.

    Here's a list. Plinth makers are at the bottom.

    https://www.greymountainreviews.co.uk/p/traders-links.html
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  4. DaddyO A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    I've found the same issue with some busts in that with a small base (proportionate to the head) they can be a bit unstable.

    What I've done with a couple is to peel away the felt on the bottom of the base and drill a large hole and then Araldite some fishing weight 'lead' in there. This had the added advantage IMO of giving the whole thing a bit of heft which makes it feel better when picked up and examined closely (y)

    Paul
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  5. Larsen E. Whipsnade Moderator

    Country:
    United-States
    Adding weight to the base to create heft. That's a great idea, Paul!
    Rick
  6. Mirofsoft A Fixture

    Country:
    Belgium
  7. Nap Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Good advice about weighting ...but be careful with that drill !

    Good link from Steve as well

    Happy basing

    Nap
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