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Luke Palmer Posted: Jul 22nd 2013

aardman staff where do you get the wallace and gromit armatures from I would like to know to build my own characters.   thanks Luke 

samuelhayward Posted: Jul 24th 2013

It is best to start off with wire armatures,- I tried to run before I could walk and build a ball and socket armature myself, as I couldn't afford one- I still can't. Armature wire can be found on the web.

iantimothy Posted: Jul 24th 2013

I am pretty sure Aardman machines their own armatures. They are using ball and socket armatures, which you really don't need when starting out. There are a bunch of tutorials online about how to make wire armatures, you can watch those and then sort of figure out the best way for you to make them. You aren't going to be able to get a good ball and socket armature for a good price, so it is best to build your own wire ones. A good wire armature is always better than a bad ball and socket armature. 

Make sure you are getting 'annealed' aluminum wire, or it might just say 'armature wire'. Otherwise it will break. 16 gauge usually works the best. 

wallace05man Posted: Aug 29th 2013

For a good begginer armature, i would recommend this one:
I use this one, and it is great. It seems a bit complicated to make at first, but once you've got the hang of it, it's perfect. Just be careful you don't lose any of it, because it comes with tiny little screws and bolts which can easily get lost. It also comes with eyeballs for your plasticine models. I highly recommend it.

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