I raided "Downstairs Clare's" hardware shop for new bits for re-hoofing rather than wait days to make it to a store.
The beauty mark above is pre-drilled brass lamp beads/finials that Clare found for me the other day, smartypants. And I learned today from reading the excellent Monterey tutorial http://www.montereymotiongraphics.com/armatures/ (D.G. posted via Sven's May 30 blog comments) that I could try nickel-plated versions and use LocktiteÂ™ to secure the rods. If I can come up with a serviceable armature for me without having to braze and spark, I'd like to.
Yesterday I brazenly hacksawed off the stems of the carriage bolts I had well fixed to the stand-in puppet's hooval region and was stunned that the hacksaw I've had here for years is what one should use for such an operation. I also have a small Dremel but I even had a fresh blade somehow for the hack frame and voila.
Next stop: A refurbished stand-in with proper tiedowns and a hilarious short clip featuring my faux pas paws clip from the other day, but it can serve as my new (Sven-golly guided) Quicktime Still Cam sequence test!!