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What is everyone using for arm rods today?

Discussion in 'Puppet Building and Performing' started by CoOKiE, Jul 13, 2018.

  1. CoOKiE

    CoOKiE Well-Known Member

    Google popped up many threads that answered this, but they're old. Links to web sites that have shut down and filled with hard to find rods on amazon or Ebay.

    Bought 3/16 and 1/8 welding rods, but though they're wobbling easily, these will not bend.

    I found
    Blue Demon ER70S6 X 3/32 X 10LB Box Carbon Steel TIG rod On Amazon, but for $30, I feel like it's worth seeking advice.

    This is the link:

  2. Froggy Fool

    Froggy Fool Well-Known Member

    Tbh all I use are unfolded old coat hangers, and they work just fine for me. But yeah, I’m the future I want to use more durable materials, so I might look into the link you posted!
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  3. CoOKiE

    CoOKiE Well-Known Member

    Right. I used to use wooden sticks. Im trying to build more personality this time around.
  4. CoOKiE

    CoOKiE Well-Known Member

    Well, I caved in and bought one. One of the reviewers said there may be over 100 rods... not sure I need that many, but that would justify why I paid $30.
  5. CBPuppets

    CBPuppets Well-Known Member

    I would mostly use Metal coat Hanger Wire
  6. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    Coat hangers are fine...I have puppets I made 20 years ago that had coat hanger rods and they're still perfect (the puppets are a different story). Most puppet rods are built with music wire or wire rods bought in hobby stores (most hobby shops will have a rack of different sized metal rods and tubes from K&S Engineering).

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