Larry Larson said in his instructional DVD on machining armatures that he used the pipe-cleaner wire for the fingers on armatures. He also said to use cloth pipe cleaners. I know that craft store pipe cleaners are made of plastic, but is the metallurgy of the wire any different?

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Thanks. Very interesting page.

(I need to stop in here more often. Normally I wouldn't chime in on something this old, but I know Larry so this thread caught my attention.)

I've not seen Larry's video, but having been to his basement shop I have an idea of what will be in the video. He's a proponent of having animation be accessible to people with "normal" resources and less reliance on special orders over the internet.

The discussion above contains a lot of that philosophy. Larry's pipe cleaners, Mike's 16 gauge copper, and so on. If it works and was easy then it's perfect. If someone else uses a different technique and it works and is easy then it's perfect as well. I've used floral wire, armature wire, aluminum wire that I annealed with a torch, and joints. All techniques have pluses and minuses, and if you stay within those boundaries your choice will be the perfect one.

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