I've just relocated  back to the States after seven years studying in the UK. I used animationsupplies.net to get armatures for all the short films I made in my UK studio. Now back in New York, I can't find a US equivalent. I've seen online stores selling animationsupplies.net armatures but for much higher prices. I'd appreciate some advice from any US-based animators. What's your favorite source for ball-and-socket armature kits? Or do you prefer to make your own from scratch?

Thanks in advance!

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Welcome back to the US. I studied in the UK and found so many resources there. Luckily you already know the best resources... I just order from the same UK online shops and pay for shipping.  

I make my own(haven't animated them yet)but sounds like your funds are limited so maybe making your own could be a good choice and you will be learning a new skill

Thanks to both of you for your replies! I've done a bit more research and concluded I'm better off making my own from scratch. It would be too expensive to ship from the UK, and Greyguy is right - it's a useful skill to develop.

Hi,

I just found an Easy store called AnimateCreate.  About half kit, half scratch.  They were the best price I've found so far.  I got a couple packs of plates, some balls and collars.  Enough for 2 armatures for about $100.  They are UK based, but shipping was only $7.  I went to Amazon for some threaded and I was set.  You have to assemble them and cut the rod to your puppets's scale, but $60 per armature is pretty good.  Here's a link to the store, if that's okay to post.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/AnimateCreate?ref=shop_sugg

Have you looked at Morezemore's armatures? They are incredibly good value, available on EBay, and look quite good.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/M00118-MOREZMORE-HPA-2-Humanly-Posable-Arm...

Also a fascinating blog on making her puppets.

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