This is the very beginning of the reindeer I’m making to accompany my stable elf – just the armature so far.
I made the antlers from polymer clay, and included a base with a hole that the armature wire could go through. For the wire I used 12 gauge single strand insulated electrical wire. The insulating is a nicer surface to work with than just bare wire. As you can see from the picture, I then wrapped the wire with strips of felt and sewed them in place. Now I’m ready for the felting.
By the way, I also formed the polymer clay antlers over an armature. I made that one from 16 gauge copper wire and wrapped the wire snuggly with florist’s tape so that the clay would have something to grab on to.