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?
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.