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From: ctriana9214/30/11 9:24 PM 
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Trying to make a bunch of small figurines (none over 1.5") hopefully. They are going to be little worksmen.. wondering if I should make armatures for them at all and if so what kind of wire could I use? Links appreciated!
 
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From: gilladian5/1/11 7:54 AM 
To: ctriana921  (2 of 3) 
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I make figures of around that size and don't bother with armatures. But mine are fairly "chunky" little "monsters". However, if I did decide to use one, I would use "fun wire". It is craft wire that is coated with a colorful plastic. Same as the plastic-coated paperclips, which you could also use.

The "recyclers" way is to use old telephone cable wire - the kind you find on building sites; a cable 1/2" thick or so has dozens of strands of plastic coated copper wire inside. There are six or eight different bright colors.

Personally I use it for flower stamens, flower stems, "monster hair", whiskers, and other fun things. Clay bakes to the coating really well, and especially with a drop of liquid clay, doesn't come apart at all easily.

 

 
From: MagicByLeah5/21/11 5:41 PM 
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I use small paperclips for my smaller creatures, or toothpicks if they require less support for chunky or seated characters
 

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