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I am new to blender. And have followed some youtube tutorials on creating and joining bones to an object (they make it look so easy!). It is a fishing rod FBX, I just want to add some bones to the rod so I can use dynamic bones in unity.

I have tried selecting the mesh and the bones and Ctrl P - trying:

  • Armature deform with automatic weights
  • Just selecting object

Nothing seems to happen, I have tried different things in "new projects" several time. I sometimes also get an "loop in parents" error.

When I go into pose mode the bones are still separate to the mesh?

See screenshot below of the set up (the rod come in along the z axis, so I just left it there)

Any assistance would be very much appreciated. Thanks

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Thanks Josh, That worked by now the scale of the rod has increased by 100 and it has rotated 90 degrees along the y-axis? Appreciate your help:)

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In your file the armature is child of the mesh, while it should be the opposite: select the armature and press Alt P (clear parent).

Then select the mesh FIRST, shift select the armature (mesh has to be highlighted orangy, armature yellow), then press Ctrl P with automatic weights.

In this way, in pose mode the bones will control the mesh.

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  • $\begingroup$ Thank you, That worked but not it has multiplied the scale of the rod by 100 and rotated it 90 degrees along the y axis? I will put a screenshot in my post. $\endgroup$
    – Elsiehar
    May 17, 2021 at 7:40
  • $\begingroup$ Before parenting apply rot and scale (Ctrl A) to both mesh and armature. $\endgroup$ May 17, 2021 at 10:55
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks Josh,That didn't work but I fixed it after attaching the bones and it seems to work okay:). Thank you:) $\endgroup$
    – Elsiehar
    May 17, 2021 at 22:33
  • $\begingroup$ Hello Josh, I just discovered that it only created about 3 breaks, any ideas why. I tried the first option here but it didn't seem to do anything. blender.stackexchange.com/questions/15486/…. Some screen shots are above. $\endgroup$
    – Elsiehar
    May 18, 2021 at 5:27
  • $\begingroup$ I have given up and will get someone to do it using upwork. $\endgroup$
    – Elsiehar
    May 18, 2021 at 8:12

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