I wanted to ask this sooner than later, before I've expended too much energy into something I'm not too sure about.
I've only very recently started building my first stop motion puppets. I battled with the decision between wire armatures and ball joint for a while. I eventually found a really cheap method for recreating ball joints, although the tutorial only showed how to make rigs, rather than armatures (Which can be seen here). I eventually designed my own armatures and they are ridiculously cheap to produce. I totaled materials to cost maybe 15-20 dollars per armature before adding foam and latex.
The only problem with these is, they can be really hit and miss. I can have really solid joints that move smooth and handle pressure well, or they can be too loose and weak. I'm also not terribly equipped. The person in the tutorial has a drill press, and I've been making due with a hand crank drill (which has started to break).
Sorry for the long story, I just wanted to ask you all if it's worth it to try and perfect these armatures despite the dissadvantages (as well as invest in a functional drill) or should I put my efforts into wire armatures? I've seen that wire armatures can be beautifully done and last for a long time, but I just love the feel of these ball joint armatures, as crude as they can be. It would break my heart to see it go to waste after all this effort but if it's going to be too much in the long run, I don't know if it's worth the trouble.
Hey, I know you guys might not see this but I wanted to thank everyone for the advice!
I think I've just about finished a functional design that's been working well for me. I decided on a hybrid of ball jointed legs with a wire and balsa wood torso. The suggestions to fix the original joints I tested resulted in much smoother and sturdier movement. I'm still using the thinner plates for now, but because the torso is so lightweight compared to the legs, I think it will do for now with little issue.
Thanks again, everyone!