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Puppet Arm Rods

Discussion in 'Puppet News' started by Fireyes, Sep 16, 2007.

  1. Fireyes

    Fireyes New Member

  2. SesameKermie

    SesameKermie Well-Known Member

    I think this was mentioned in Drew Allison's Foam Book and the accompanying videos, but he uses the wire that they use to hang ceiling tiles and Doll Joints. He bends the top in a loop around the post of the doll joint, kind of like the puppet planet tutorial, and then he bends the wire back into a 'square' loop at the bottom of the rod to make a handle.

    Hope this helps,

  3. larz

    larz Well-Known Member

    I've used steel welding rods with dowel handles, but they are pretty heavy. I recently found some carbon graphite rods leftover from a kite and they are VERY light! The only problem with those is the arms wobble a little. I am looking for a good source for a thicker diameter CF rod so things will be more stable. Other folks say they use coat hanger wire (which to me would be wobbly) and piano wire, too.

    I am also working on an easy way to make detachable arm rods. I'll share if I get good results!

    - Larry
  4. Kevin the Frog

    Kevin the Frog Well-Known Member

    Use coat hanger wire for now if you can't find anything else. I don't think it would be too wobbly . . . it's pretty hard to bend in the first place.
  5. Fireyes

    Fireyes New Member

    I did toss on some coat hangers for now, but it's really hard to get them straight enough, and it does leave the hands pretty wobbly.
  6. TheCreatureWork

    TheCreatureWork Well-Known Member

    Check out Project Puppets tube method, or the clasp method as seen in PLAYSOUP's video series...tres bien!
  7. CoOKiE

    CoOKiE Well-Known Member

    yea dont go with the coat hangers.. with my first puppet i thought (what wire can i use thats good?) so yea i myself thought the same.. but no its hard to striaghten, and it sways alot.

    I went with wood sticks i found in the craft section of walmart. ITS CHEAP. I had to paint em black
  8. staceyrebecca

    staceyrebecca Well-Known Member

    We've always used dowels painted black because that's what we learned, but they don't give you much control.

    doesn't Andrew have a tutorial for arm rods floating around somewhere? I remember liking what I saw (however I never did try it).

    I *did* just get a dremel for my birthday, so....HOORAY!
  9. wes

    wes Well-Known Member

  10. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    There are tons of old threads about arm rods with great information. Just search the puppetry forum for "arm rods" and you'll find everything you need to know.
  11. ChickyBoy37

    ChickyBoy37 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the info!
  12. biblebetty

    biblebetty Well-Known Member

  13. hennesprod

    hennesprod Well-Known Member

    You can go to the hobby store that sells R/C plans and get 2/56" rod with threading on the end. It is available in various lengths.



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