You can make your own stranded wire from brass, aluminum or galvanized steel. Choose fine gauge wire and twist 6 to 7 strands together.
If you don’t plan to incorporate a tube in the doll’s lower leg, the finished diameter of the multi-strand wire is not crucial. If you are planning on a rod and tube stand, the finished diameter of the multi-strand wire should fit into the size tube that you will be placing in the clay.
To make a multi-strand wire:
- Cut several lengths of wire.
- Double it over and secure the end of the loop over something stationary.
- Pull against the wire to keep it taunt and twist all the strands together.
- Fit a hook into a battery powered, electric or hand drill.
- Cut wire at least 8 feet long and fold in half.
- Place the loop end in the drill’s hook.
- Run your hand along the wire to even it out and tie the cut ends together, very firmly.
- Secure the tied end into a vice or other holding device, or tie the cut ends around a stationary object.
- Start the drill, pulling tightly against the wire to keep it taunt.
- As the wire twists, it will shorten. Be prepared to move with it.
- To see how firm the wire is, stop the drill to relax the tension. Do not over twist or the wire will start to ball up and get lumpy.