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« on: September 19, 2007 11:28:35 AM »

For a show I'm involved in, I'm building a lionfish dress, complete with big 'ol fin things. my problem is support. to build these things I need something thin, strong, lightweight, and very flexible (The rocket scientists planning the show have given us a narow staircase as a runway. jerks.) bamboo is my only option right now, but It's not as pliable as I was hoping for. thin plastic rod would be ideal, but I have no idea where to find it. does anybody have any ideas? cause I got nothing right now.
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« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2007 11:56:01 AM »

I agree, thin plastic rods would be ideal.  Where are you located?

when I lived in philly there was a "plastic" company where they manufactured the coolest plastic crap and even had a little store where you could go and buy things.

How long do the rods need to be?
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« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2007 03:20:20 PM »

armature wire.
That's what I can think of.
Sturdy, yet flexible. maybe too flexible, unless you get thicker gauges.
pretty lightweight too.
can pick it up at any old craft store.
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« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2007 06:28:06 PM »

You can buy polyethylene tubing in the plumbing section of your hardware store.  It's cheap, comes in several widths, is flexible, strong, and light.  If you need a  more extreme curve, or need to put holes in it for any reason, it's shapeable with heat.


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This is what it looks like, in 3/8" width.  This is about 4 feet of it coiled up. I used it to build hoops last Halloween.
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« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2007 07:45:50 PM »

I looked at that tubing, actually. I'm not sure it has enough tensile strength, though.

And I'm located in Alberta. They'res a local place called laird plastics, but I don't think they deal in small orders. jerks.
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« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2007 08:20:55 PM »

AFA tensile strength, I'm not sure what you're looking at supporting, but I used it as the hoops for a full on Marie Antoinette costume, with petticoat and robe Francaise.  It amounted to quite a bit of weight, and I danced in it all night.  They held up fine; my waistband gave out.

And finding it is easy.  Hardware stores, home improvement places, and plumbing suppliers should all carry it.

You could run a thin wire through the center of it if you needed more stability. too.

I can't wait to see this when you're done!
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« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2007 11:16:43 PM »

what about tomato stakes?
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« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2007 05:17:43 AM »

could you use coathanger wire? i'm not quite sure how you would attach it but its cheap and easy to work with. plus you can bend it into shape
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« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2007 12:37:38 PM »

coathanger wire! Yes!
That would work SO MUCH BETTER than armature wire.
Unfortunately, they're not the easiest to bend, and it's hard to fix the bends- they get all wavy.
That would probably be the best and cheapest, tho.
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« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2007 06:13:45 PM »

only problem is finding coathanger wire 1.5 m long. I looked at just attaching lengths together, but I don't trust solder joints to hold up. Otherwise, it'd work fantastically.
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