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Beantown
« on: July 31, 2007 08:01:44 AM »

I'm trying to figure out the best way to make a wire dress form.  I'm thinking this armature wire]http://www.sculpt.com/pictures/claytools/Armature_Wire.jpg]armature wire could be an option.  Can I find this stuff at a hardware store or does it have to be purchased from a craft store?
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« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2007 05:18:15 PM »

Anyone?
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« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2007 05:50:42 PM »

yes you can, would you take a picture when its completed? would love to see it Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2007 09:00:24 PM »

What is your purpose for the dress form? Will it be functional or decorative?
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« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2007 05:41:34 AM »

It will be to take photos of my toddler dresses for my Etsy shop.  I don't need iot to be detailed...just a very simple outline of a little girl with maybe an a-line dress on.  I don't even need a head.
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« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2007 08:01:20 AM »

the last project i had done with wire cost $25 for a small round this maybe a easier less expensive (time & materials) route for a dressform

http://www.stampington.com/html/wire_forms.html there are nice ones @ the bottem for $9.99 or less.  i checked ebays prices/selection and it isnt s good.
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« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2007 08:41:43 AM »

I want a life-sized toddler form which I think will be pricey.  I think I'll just get some copper tubing...
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« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2007 09:20:27 PM »

Copper tubing is rather expensive. My only hesitation with regular armature wire is it tends to have a high lead content.

Have you looked at manequins & forms used? Manequin doesn't mean just the fully shaped type, I've cruised a used reatil goods shop that had everything, including old Gap soft doll type manequins.
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