White Extra Strong Pipe Cleaners - ideal for needle felt wire armatures
Extra strong white pipe cleaners, 30cm long, ideal for wire armatures for needle felting. Available in packs of 25 or 100.
The 'fluff' on these is a short cotton, ideal for wrapping wool around for wire armatures. You will find it easier to create poseable needle felt sculptures with these pipe cleaners as they are much stronger than normal craft pipe cleaners.
**Please note: these pipe cleaners are strong and stiff, but if bent back and forth repeatedly may break. If you need to adjust your armatures in this way, you may be better off with our 0.5mm cotton covered copper wire which is about the same stiffness but much more malleable.**
We use these on the dormouse and if you want to make up your own dormouse, we stock the lovely luxury pipe cleaners we use for the tail (see separate listing).
You may also be interested in our other pipe cleaners
How to make a wire armature:
A wire armature looks a bit like a very simple skeleton. Imagine the neck and spine of your creature (and tail if it has one), with simple legs attached. It can help to draw a profile view of the animal at the size you want to make it, then trace the line of the spine and legs onto the drawing. Make your wire armature to fit the lines you have drawn. You can fold a pipe cleaner in half and twist around your spine pipe cleaner to create 2 legs.
The Makerss are Sophie Buckley and Steffi Stern, co –authors of two books: Making Needle Felted Animals (2015) and Making Simple Needle Felts (2018). All kits are carefully designed by us and hand packed in the UK. We love everything that is wool and we hope that our experience and enthusiasm will encourage your journey into the world of needle felting. We have all the supplies you will need to thrive in this wonderful hobby. We only use what we love and we hope you will love it too.