How to Assemble a Mannequin

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Mannequins are relatively easy to assemble. Here is a quick guide to assembling your mannequin.

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1. Wear Gloves
When handling your mannequin, wear gloves to avoid surface scratches from rings that you might wear on your fingers. If you choose not to wear gloves, always make sure your hands are clean. This will protect the mannequin from surface dirt.

2. Assembly For Standing Mannequins
Start by securing the base. They all differ in how, but it is not rocket science to attach the rod (which goes into the foot or calf) to the base. Ensure the components are screwed in safely. Some mannequins have the legs joined together and some have them apart - either 2 legs straight or one leg that incorporates the pelvis. Add the leg with the fitting for the stand first, then join the other leg on.

Next comes the torso. Again depending on the type of fitting, some twist on whilst others just sit on top of the pelvis. Ensure the torso does not wobble and that there are no gaps between torso and pelvis.

Then add the arms and hands. Sometimes you have to position the mannequin arm above the head so that you can lower it slowly into place. Add the hands and voila! Your mannequin is ready and you are ready to dress it up. That is the fun bit!

3. Assembly For Sitting Mannequins
The base for a sitting mannequin is normally a fibre glass stool, but I have found it useful to assemble the sitting mannequins on a soft chair / sofa for extra protection, then moving it into place afterwards. You can assemble it on the floor - and if you enjoyed the game of twister as a child then memories will come flooding back! Once you have chosen your spot for assembly, attach the legs to the torso.

Then add the arms and hands. Sometimes you have to position the mannequin arm above the head so that you can lower it slowly into place. Add the hands and voila! Your mannequin is ready and you are ready to dress it up. Again, that is the fun bit!

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