I've been wanting to animate a Teddy Bear (actually grabbing a teddy bear and dissecting it and putting an armature inside) and I was wondering what type of Armature I should use.
The stuffed animal is about 15 inches tall. I've been researching and seen all kinds of fancy stuff but I cannot really find something for a 15 inch tall stuffed animal. Is wire a good option? I saw this at Blick but I don't know what Gauge works:https://www.dickblick.com/products/blick-armature-and-sculpture-wire/
I saw some plastic Flexible Ball Socket Armatures on Ebay like this one http://r.ebay.com/BePzNP
Any help is much appreciated!
If you want to use wire, aluminum wire works well if it is doubled over and twisted together. What wire gauge to use can be determined by how thick the appendages are of your puppet. You want to use wire that is strong enough to withstand the pull of the puppet's material, but easy enough to bend. I would experiment with different gauges of aluminum wire, doubled over and twisted, to se what works best for your teddy bear.
Another type of wire that works really well is lead wire. It's strong and easy to bend. But it can be expensive. Here is a link to an industrial supplier (this is where I get most of my armature machining supplies) https://www.mcmaster.com/#lead-wire/=1cg9r5g
I am making a DVD on how to machine armatures and plan to have it completed by the end of June. If you are interested, here is a link blog. https://www.facebook.com/tom.brierton