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!
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.
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.
Have you looked at Morezemore's armatures? They are incredibly good value, available on EBay, and look quite good.
Also a fascinating blog on making her puppets.