The top hoop of the body will be attached to an internal supporting structure made from garden cane with the weight of the body hanging from this hoop, rather than the lino having to support any weight coming from above. The bottom hoop will be removable so that the body can be squeezed through a standard doorway. Making something big which can still fit through a doorway is often quite hard, but it's very restricting if a build can't be stored in a regular room, or taken to a venue which doesn't have a double door or garage entrance.
Once this structure is in place I will trim, neaten and add decorative detail to the body.
The arms and legs will have cane 'bones' attached to the internal body structure and passing through the lino, but not structurally joined to it. Again I am trying to make sure there is no unnecessary stress on the lino. The elbows and knees will have foam wrapped around the cane joints to stop the cane from bursting through the shiny silver ducting hose which will cover them and to give the finished joints a nice rounded appearance.
With the body taking shape, and now that I'm feeling more comfortable with the materials and tools that this build uses, it's probably time to tackle the slightly more complicated piecing together of the head. More on this soon...