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Making shelf pins for FigmasMaking shelf pins for Figmas

Unarguably one the main qualities of posable figures (Figmas in my case) is the ability to create dynamic poses or epic scenes and this often means that the figure absolutely HAS to be displayed in midair.

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For that purpose, the stand included with every Figma usually does quite a decent job but it's often no more than just a few cm above the ground. What if I want my figure to be "flying" really higher?

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For quite a long time I've wanted to find a good way to use these holes on my Billy shelves to hold figures but, of course, they don't match the diameter of Figma stands. Since I'm currently in the process of reorganizing my collection, now is a good time to work a solution to this.

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First I got a 10mm diameter clear acrylic rod and cut a number of sections of roughly 1.5cm in length. Here I'm using a miter saw to make the cuts as clean and perpendicular as I can. I also sand the cut to get rid of any protruding residue.

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I've got some shelf pins that are 4mm and 5mm in diameter and I have the "root" of the Figma stand that is 4mm-ish. So here's the plan, I'm going to drill into the acrylic cylinder with the appropriate diameter for each side.

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I start by drilling all the way through with a 3mm bit. Unfortunately I don't have a vise to go with my Dremel column so I'm using a pair of pliers instead.

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The drilling is more or less aligned due to the error margin of the saw and me not holding the pliers very steadily but it's not bad overall. The best option for this kind of work would be a lathe but I don't own one (YET).

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On one side I now drill 4 or 5mm holes to accommodate the various pins. I take this opportunity to try and fix the centering of the hole if needed.
Now you may be wondering why I didn't just pierce 4mm all the way through since I've got some 4mm pins and the Figma stands are also 4mm. Well the reason is that while drilling, especially when not holding the piece with an actual vise, the resulting hole tends to be a tiny bit wider than the diameter of the bit. This small error would result in a loosely attached stand with all the dangers that you can imagine.

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So for the stand side, I'll be using a 3.8mm drill bit instead. Unfortunately it cannot be mounted on a Dremel so I fall back to a regular drill for this part. I pierce the acrylic and then wiggle it on the drilling bit to come closer to 4mm.

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Proceeding gradually with sanding paper and a manual drill I finish enlarging the hole until the stand fits firmly into it.

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As for the pin side, it didn't mind the hole being loose because the plan was to glue that side (but not he stand side because I want to be able to take it in and out at will). Notice that the use of cyanoacrylate glue has the added benefit of restoring the transparency of the "walls" of the hole.

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Now for a quick test run. Our assembly is holding fine but some of the holes on my shelves are looser than others and the stand ends up drooping miserably so I'll need to address that too.

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On the candidate pins for loose holes I put a thin coat of glue and sprinkle it with baking soda. Don't ask me how this trick work but baking soda has the effect of instantly hardening the glue. Beside it gives the pin a gritty texture that will help holding the pin in place. I sand the excess soda/glue and we're good to go.

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I start attaching and posing the figures, loosening or tightening joints with a screwdriver if needed.



And here's the result.

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The posing pops a lot more now!

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I also went and drilled a few holes in the underside of the shelves so that I could also put some figures closer to the middle.

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All that previously unused vertical space is now put to very good use!


And there you have it. That was for Figmas on an IKEA Billy but I'm sure this technique would translate well to other figures like Figuarts and other shelves since as far as I know, these holes and pins a pretty standard.

Well, I realize that this was probably not much of a useful tutorial since it relies heavily on tools that not everyone has at home but still, it think it could inspire people to come up with alternative techniques.
What do you think?
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2pt
i will buy the acrylic pegs. Just tell us which size to drill and the assembly goes on the buyer side.

ChocolateSpider (2 years ago) #27222350I second this notion. I would totally buy some! :D
2 years ago
1pt
Stalgonoff (2 years ago) #27227001Excellent work! These look very professional. I did something similar about a week ago for ITEM #12045 cause I got fed up with her hammer stand always falling over. I drilled a hole in the shelf above her with a pin vice and put a small hook in which I used to tie a string between the hammer and the hook so that it's supported midair and not bending her fingers when the stand inevitably falls over.
Hopefully I'll eventually replace the parts to make it look as clean as you made yours.

What kind of string did you use? Have you considered invisible thread?
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You can probably find some at your local haberdasher.
2 years ago
2pt
Excellent work! These look very professional. I did something similar about a week ago for ITEM #12045 cause I got fed up with her hammer stand always falling over. I drilled a hole in the shelf above her with a pin vice and put a small hook in which I used to tie a string between the hammer and the hook so that it's supported midair and not bending her fingers when the stand inevitably falls over.

Hopefully I'll eventually replace the parts to make it look as clean as you made yours.
2 years ago
2pt
Color me impressed, your shelves look amazing! That's an eye-catching display.
2 years ago
2pt
ChocolateSpider (2 years ago) #27221983Yes. Those are from GoodSmile's Nendoroid More line. They are also available as suction cups. ITEM #142907
But for holding non-Nendoroid figures or just being able to have the figure come out a certain distance, I have to disassemble both the Figma stands and clip/suction cups, then mix their parts. Kyoshinhei's method seems more practical and versatile in many regards.
For starters, I could make use of this in a closed case system where as the clips and suction cups would be much more limited because of lack of surface to clip on or lack of glass surface to suck on to. :3


I see. I guess both methods have their strengths and weaknesses.
With mine it can be tricky to have the figure sticking out as much as your Figma Amy because at some point the torque on the pin can become too strong and then the whole assembly turns around the axis to end up dangling.
2 years ago
2pt
I second this notion. I would totally buy some! :D

Shaerileth (2 years ago) #27202499Sell these, please. XD
2 years ago
1pt
kyoshinhei (2 years ago) #27201813You're welcome.
Looking at your room I see you already have a few "flying" figures and a lot more that could be. I can totally imagine the mileage you would get out of these pins.
Those acrylic support clips of yours look quite neat too, where do they come from?


kyoshinhei (2 years ago) #27215607ITEM #142906
Ah, so that's what I saw on ChocolateSpider's pictures
Looks like they work for both Figmas and Nendos
https://static.myfigurecollection.net/image/thumbnails/ChocolateSpider1461383677.jpeg


Yes. Those are from GoodSmile's Nendoroid More line. They are also available as suction cups. ITEM #142907

But for holding non-Nendoroid figures or just being able to have the figure come out a certain distance, I have to disassemble both the Figma stands and clip/suction cups, then mix their parts. Kyoshinhei's method seems more practical and versatile in many regards.

For starters, I could make use of this in a closed case system where as the clips and suction cups would be much more limited because of lack of surface to clip on or lack of glass surface to suck on to. :3
2 years ago
2pt
MugenTenshinFRD (2 years ago) #27214485That's pretty cool, your bookshelf with unused holes like that is perfect for it.
It reminds me of the Nendoroid Clips (not sure if they exist for Figmas too), which are pretty much the same for Nendoroids, your is the DIY Figma edition.

ITEM #142906
Ah, so that's what I saw on ChocolateSpider's pictures
Looks like they work for both Figmas and Nendos
https://static.myfigurecollection.net/image/thumbnails/ChocolateSpider1461383677.jpeg
2 years ago
2pt
That's pretty cool, your bookshelf with unused holes like that is perfect for it.
It reminds me of the Nendoroid Clips (not sure if they exist for Figmas too), which are pretty much the same for Nendoroids, your is the DIY Figma edition.
2 years ago
3pt
kyoshinhei (2 years ago) #27202834I'm afraid that would be against the blogging guidelines...https://s1.postimg.org/1vrh00o81b/flat1000x1000075f-u1.jpg
2 years ago
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