Developing Face

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A soft toy of the development of the human face at about week 8 when the palatine shelves of the maxillary prominences join to form the palate. Click on any image to enlarge.

Production Information

The fabric used was stretch fabric. In the following photos of the pattern pieces the background grid is 100mm x 100mm. We chose colours to match this online video:

Frontonasal prominence - teal blue

Mandibular prominence (lower part of pharyngeal arch 1) - maroon

Maxillary prominences (upper part of pharyngeal arch 1) - purple. A short open-ended zip is incorporated between the two prominences.

Other arches - grey

Medial nasal process - yellow and Lateral nasal processes - pale green

Once sewn up the pieces were filled with dacron and hand sewn together.

The eyes are made of ping pong balls covered with white knit fabric

Creators: Dr Christine Jasoni (initial idea and academic support), Fieke Neuman (patterns, sewing). All from Department of Anatomy, University of Otago.

Keywords: Teaching, Anatomy, Development, Palate, Mandible, Maxilla, Science, Biology


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