If making with pipe cleaners (fuzzy wire):
1 package of 12" pipecleaners (the 25 pack is enough) About 30 cm each
If making with wire:
Types of wire to use:
Armature wire*, can be purchased through Amazon or some craft stores 16 gauge (use the same lengths below to cut this wire)
Beading wire, 16 gauge (can be found in the jewelry section of the craft store) cut into sections
Head, Legs and Arms: 24 inches or 60 cm
2 Support wires: 12 inches or 30 cm
Pliers (needle nose are the easiest to work with)
You will need: 13 fuzzy wires
For the legs, arms and head: Take 3 wires and twist them together. Easiest way is to gather them together and then pinch the together at the middle. Then start twisting one end together. When it meets at your pinched fingers, start at the other end
For the 2 support pieces, do the same but just use 2 strands.
Hold the wire in your hand and find the middle with your middle finger. Bend the wire under your middle finger and then over your thumb and ring finger. Bring the ends down into a heart shape. Temporarily twist the two ends together to hold shape.
Find the middle of the leg wire and the middle of the arm wire. Center them and pinch with your fingers at that point. Wrap the left arm wire around the leg wire. Do the same with the right side. Wrap until you think the arms are the right length for your Yarny.
Untwist the bottom of the head wire and wrap the ends around the leg/arm connection
For the body: Wrap one end of the support wire around the leg wire near the top and start weaving it back and forth but wrap it around each leg wire. This gives the body support so that it does not collapse when you are wrapping it. Do not go more than 2 inches (5 cm)
For the head: You want to use this wire to give the head shape. Attach the wire again by wrapping a small bit around the head wire. Make sure to bulb it out in back and the front. Attach the wire by wrapping as you go.
I started about midway on one of the legs and wrapped down to the foot. At the foot I straightened out the bent wire a bit so that I could wrap all the way to the end of the wire. Fold the wire back and wrap the foot again and then wrap up to the body support. This wrap up the leg is where you are adding the yarn to give shape and width, so go a bit crazy. At the bottom of the support switch over to the other leg and do the same. Then wrap the body. At the neck work out to the arms and do the same with the hands. The head is last and wrap it to give shape and hide the wire. When you fill there is enough yarn work back down to the body. Cut the yarn with about 12 inches (30 cm) hanging out. Using the paperclip push the yarn back and forth a few times, weaving it into some of the underneath yarn. If you can make a simple tie do so under the outer yarn.
Using the paperclip, use it to weave the eyes just under the ears and in a bit.
Basic instructions are the same but you will be using the pliers to wrap the wire and to bend the feet and hands. Use the pliers to wrap the wire around the other pieces such as the support wires for the body and the head. Wrapping the yarn is the same .
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions please let me know!!
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