I have an idea for a new bear, and I want his arm flexible so he can wrap it around and hold something. I've never used armature before. What do you use? The bear will probably be around 5 inches tall. I've heard of using chenille stems before, but I'm not sure how that is done.
Any help would be greatly appreciated
I use chenille stems (pipe cleaners). I make the shape of the arm in the wire and slip it into the arm before I stuff it. A lot of people like to use these little crimp rings. If you poke the wire into it and then slip the hole over the cotterpin, it anchors the wire.
It's a little fiddly stuffing with that wire in there, but not too bad.
Voilá - bendy arms!
LOL - I sold a booklet in the mid 90s with sets of these crimp rings in them along w/the matching very tiny T-cotter pins.
Everyone's found similar substitutes now. You do have to check that the tops of your cotter pins don't slide through the holes. I have literally thousands of them left and would be happy to send some to anyone who sends me a SASE - about $1 postage.
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I have the teeny tiny T cotters but will be putting those on eBay - I had to look to long & hard for these! they're from England and are the smallest I've ever seen. Edinburgh's W8 washer is perfect for them.
Copper & aluminum are some of the softest wires (electrician DH): I'd use (stronger hold) floral wire doubled or the chenilles shown here and stuff a bit more lightly so there's some bending room in the limb.