File puptcrit/puptcrit.0810, message 242


To: <puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2008 20:40:37 -0400
Subject: [Puptcrit] TIP: arm rod modified into head rod



Yesterday we needed a single removable rod on two heads for the same puppet.
After trying a few things that were overly complicated for no reason, I 
tried the Pannabecker system for removable hand rods, as sold online and 
seen on the patents website.
see it here:
http://www.freepatentsonline.com/6663312.html


His system is super simple, being a pipe flattened on one side, hosting a 90 
degree bent rod inside. The tip of the rod has notches to add friction.

I didn't have a pipe of the right size for the rod I had, so I bent the rod 
in two at the tip, and flattened one side of the pipe as well, to narrow the 
channel down to proper dimensions. The pipe was copper, so sliding the rod 
in and out a few times made the adjustment of tightness easy. the fitting 
won't move anymore, since it has been glued down generously.  It works 
really well, as long as you don't push it in there too hard. Very stable! It 
was easy to glue the flattened pipe into the head, and make a hole to insert 
and remove the rod, at will.





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