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HPA Pipe Cleaners Hand Armature Step-by-Step Instructions

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Pipe cleaners hand armature was a success, so it is now available as a KIT.
In addition to this kit, you will also need threadlocker or super glue, pliers, wire cutters and a needle with thread

This is something that I learned from “How to Make Professional Stop Motion Puppet Armatures” by Larry Larson.

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Larry Larson in his DVD highly recommends using tobacco pipe cleaners for finger armature.
He makes the hands quite differently, his method involves machining and soldering.
I am just taking his idea about pipe cleaners, the rest is my experimentation.
Just wanted to mention it, to protect his copyright.

I did a very scientific comparison break stress test, by bending back and forth equal thickness strands of pipe cleaner wire and aluminum wire with equal hands at an equal angle. Just bending it back and forth until it breaks, counting the times. Repeated a few times. The pipe cleaner wire performed about 4 times better, so I was encouraged to try Larry Larson’s method.

this is a pipe cleaner.
Burn off the cotton fuzz.

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Wipe clean.

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Pipe cleaners are about 6″, cut each into 3 pieces, about 2″ long.
Each hand needs 6 pieces, so 2 pipe cleaners per hand.

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JB Weld Threadlock and insert into the square tube.

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Bite with wire cutters a few times on the tube to grab the pipe cleaner pieces inside the tube.
Together with the threadlock it will be secure.
Sewed fingers into their places with a needle and a cotton thread.
Snip the fingers to the length.

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Inserted a small magnet in one hand and a M2 hex nut into the other, just to experiment.

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JB threadlock on the tips of the fingers (to make little balls of epoxy instead of sharp ends), threadlock to anchor the fingers in place, threadlock to secure the hex nut and the magnet.

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All cured and assembled
Love the pipe cleaners, love the palm magnet, love the palm hex nut – more options for props holding.
The kit includes both options: hex nuts and magnets. Both are useful, so you have a choice.  Or use both.

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One comment on “HPA Pipe Cleaners Hand Armature Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. […] Burn the cotton fuzz of the pipe cleaner wire. MORE about pipe cleaners wire […]

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