The top one is 1/8” and the bottom is 3/16”. These are the two smallest sizes they make. They look bigger than the size says, because they take the size from the inside diameter of the hole where it snaps together. The special pliers I never used for the smaller sizes because I wire them together. But when I break them apart in the wrong spot, they are difficult to get back together, so I ordered them too.
I usually order from CR Crafts, and I am always happy with their service. But when I went to order this last time they were backordered on the 1/8” which was the one I really needed. So I contacted Jeton directly.
It took about a week for them to reply to my initial email, but once they did the process was very smooth and quick.
For a 50ft roll of 1/8” armature they charge $62.96. That equals about $1.26 a foot
A roll of 3/16” was $67.90 = about $1.36 a foot.
The pliers were $14.00 each.
CR’s is about $3.00 a foot and the pliers are $35.00 each.
But not there are certainly other fees to consider; Jeton only takes a money transfer as payment. I had to do that through my bank it cost me $45.00. Shipping was another big expense, it was $71.00, they sent it express. It came to my door in 3 days from Taiwan. So the total was about $275.00. If I was to do it through Cr’s it would have been about $370 + shipping.
Something else I was unaware of, from the company you can buy the coolant hose with the hole in it, or you can buy the snap proof armature. You can only do this with 3/16” and larger, the 1/8” comes only as snap proof. I told them in my email what I was using it for and they sent me the snap proof armature. I like snap proof. It is different from what I have gotten from Cr’s Crafts. From them I am getting coolant hose, which is what Lockline is, it is a coolant hose. Why not just buy Lockline? Because you can not get it any smaller than 1/4" which is way to big for small and medium sized bears.
Top snap proof, bottom the coolant hose.
I have never had the 1/8” break apart on me. But one time I did have the 3/16th break. I was forcing the head into a position it did not want to go. I should have known better. I doubt that any bear owner would have forced it like I did. I had to take the whole bear apart and replace the spine. I wonder now if it would have happened with the stuff on the left, it does seem to bend better.
I now have enough armature to last for a couple of years. Will I order directly from Jeton again? Absolutely. Will I still use Cr’s Crafts? yes I will, but not for this, I think I will stick with Jeton.
ps: they also sell it in 25 ft rolls, but I do not know if the cost is the same per foot.