Wireframing the Body

Grab your pliers and pipe cleaners... and hot-glue the animatronic tail to the 10 inch base.

Your frame needs to be solid / stiff, which may require doubling-up on pipe cleaners - two or three should be sufficient. 

Twist them together, staggering the overlap for maximum strength and rigidity. 

Start, by building a loose 'hoop' around the base.

Next, add a sturdy loop on both sides... this is where the hind legs meet the body. 

Slap some feet on, and begin adding sculpted horizontal, vertical, and cross-cross pipe cleaners - overlapping at least three or four times!

Continue, until your reach the base of the tail and neck.

Pretty is not the goal here... only strength and general shape! 

Last updated on 2016-11-21 at 02.16.08 PM Published on 2016-11-21 at 02.18.08 PM