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Whatnot ArmRods

Discussion in 'Puppet Building and Performing' started by WillyThePig, Sep 17, 2012.

  1. WillyThePig

    WillyThePig Member

    I made some armrods out of wire hangers with wooden sponge brush handles for handles. Then I bought a box of insulation supports and used those instead of wire hangers. The problem is that they wobble a lot. Other than that they don't bend very easily they are very durable and light. At first I thought that the wobbling was because the handle was loose but they weren't I reattatched them and regained them and wrapped them with wire and I realized that its not what's causing the problem. Does anyone know how I can put the wobbling to a minimum or what else I could use for arm rods?
  2. BuckyBits

    BuckyBits Member

    I've been reading on this here and elsewhere and the favorite seems to be piano wire as described on this old post by Sean @Swazzle (http://swazzle.com/blogs/2005/11/arm-rods-part-one.html). Swazzle has a link to where he got it, but others have posted that most hobby stores that sell radio control cars etc sell it. I don't know what gauge people buy. Hope this helps.
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  3. WillyThePig

    WillyThePig Member

    I heard that putting shrink tubing around the rod helps to stiffen it a little bit have you heard/tried this?
  4. BuckyBits

    BuckyBits Member

    I've been using the piano wire. Its steel wire and it doesn't wobble. I did try the shrink tube just to give it a finished look, I also used plastic dip on the handle.
  5. Shrink tube works amazingly well on spring steel rods

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