Malvern Armatures - Stop Motion Animation Armature Manufacturers and Suppliers Malvern Armatures - Stop Motion Animation Armature Manufacturers and Suppliers

Stop Motion Animation Armatures

Malvern Armatures manufacture and supply affordable stop motion animation armatures specifically designed to enhance the work of the animator working in the Animation Industry, Universities, Colleges or at Home.


Our Range of Armatures

Malvern Armatures - Professional Range of Stop Motion Animation Armatures
Pro-H1 Armature
Malvern Armatures - Standard Range of Stop Motion Animation Armatures
Standard H4 Armature
Malvern Armatures - Custom Range of Stop Motion Animation Armatures
Custom Armatures
Malvern Armatures - Bespoke Range of Stop Motion Animation Armatures
Bespoke Armatures
Malvern Armatures - Rig Assembly
Rig Assembly
Professional Range
Pro-H1
Pro-H2
Pro-H3
Pro-H4
Pro-H5
Standard Range
Standard-H1
Standard-H2
Standard-H3
Standard-H4
Standard-H5
Custom Range
Pro & Standard Dog
Werewolf
Gorilla
Full Size Hand
Basic 4/5 Wire Hands
Bespoke Range
(Showing Modified Neck)
Various
(See Page for Details)

Rig Assembly
(With Fine Adjuster)
Magnetic Stand
Baseplate
Rig Adapters

Prices from £80 to £92 Prices from £66 to £74 Various Prices Various Prices £40

Fully Assembled
Aluminium Shoulders
Aluminium Hips
Steel Limbs
Stainless Steel Balls
Aluminium Link Plates
Steel Feet
Rigging Points
Tie Down Points
Magnetic Tie Down

Fully Assembled
Aluminium Shoulders
Aluminium Hips
Steel Limbs
Steel Balls
Aluminium Link Plates
Steel Feet
Rigging Points
Tie Down Points
Magnetic Tie Down
Fully Assembled
Aluminium Shoulders
Aluminium Hips
Steel Limbs
Stainless/Steel Balls
Aluminium Link Plates
Steel Feet
Rigging Points
Tie Down Points
Magnetic Tie Down
Fully Assembled
Aluminium Shoulders
Aluminium Hips
Steel Limbs
Stainless/Steel Balls
Aluminium Link Plates
Steel Feet
Rigging Points
Tie Down Points
Magnetic Tie Down

Fully Assembled
Steel Baseplate
Rubber Feet
Magnetic Stand
Fine Adjustment
M3 Rigging Point
(Armature not Included)


Basic Wire Hands

Malvern Armatures - Stop Motion Animation Armature - Standard Dog Armature
5 Finger Hand

Malvern Armatures - Stop Motion Animation Armature - Professional Dog Armature
4 Finger Hand

The 5 finger hand comprising a 9.1mm diameter steel washer and the 4 finger hand has a 8.8mm diameter steel washer. Each hand has 1mm twisted copper wire fingers and a 1.3mm twisted wire wrist. The fingers are approximately 25mm long and the wrist is approximately 35mm long.

Each hand is supplied with 1x28mm length of K&S Square Tube #8152 and 1x28mm length of K&S Tube Square #8153. All components require assembly using epoxy glue. Click HERE for Assembly Instructions.

To finish the assembly glue the fingers and wrist onto the washer in the required position to suit your character and connect the wrist to the armature forearm using square K&S brass tubing. Fingers and wrist can be cut to the required length using wire cutters. A pair of hands can be purchased from the Parts Section - Select Item 35B.


Werewolf

Malvern Armatures Werewolf

After completing an order for the USA we have added a Professional Werewolf Armature to our range. The armature stands 110mm to the shoulders, as posed, and is 155mm from nose to rump. For more details click here.

Price for a single armature is £105.00 + P&P

Fully Assembled
Aluminium Shoulders
Aluminium Hips
Steel Limbs
Professional Stainless Steel Balls
Aluminium Link Plates
Steel Feet
Rigging Points
Tie Down Points
Magnetic Tie Down

Armatures in Action

3 short films produced by The University of South Wales (USW) 3rd Year Stop Motion Animation students whose assignment was "After Effects with Mime". The armatures used were all manufactured & supplied by Malvern Armatures and the final results are stunning.


James Carlisle

Sean Gregory

Hannah Queux-Johnson

Armature Kits
Build It Yourself Armature (BIYARM) Kits
Malvern Armatures Build It Yourself Armatures (BIYARM) Standard, Professional and Combined Kits
(Note - Shown with only 1 x 200mm M3 Studding)

3 x Build It Yourself Armature (BIYARM) Kits added to our product range giving you the option to build one of our armatures or the freedom to custom fit your armature to your own design.

The BIYARM Kit shown here is the Standard Kit from which you can build any one of the 5 Standard Range of Human Armatures and have a few spares left over.

The Professional BIYARM Kit allows you to build any one of the 5 Professional Range of Human Armatures and have a few spares left over.

The Combined BIYARM Kit allows you to build any one of the 5 Standard and Professional Range of Human Armatures and have a few spares left over.

Alternatively you can design and build your own armature using our kits.

Prices - Standard: £75 - Professional: £85 - Combined: £140
For more information of the BIYARM Kits and Build Instructions go to the Kits Page.
Ready Made Armature Kits
Malvern Armatures - Ready Made Armature Kits

Do you want to build your own armature but have all the components cut to size and ready to assemble - no problem?

We can supply all the component parts, with full assembly instructions, and all you have to do is supply the Loctite 270 high strength threadlock and a suitable cleaning agent.

The kits are supplied with the major components dry assembled so parts are easier for you to identify.

All you have to do is take assemblies apart and re-assemble using Loctite 270 threadlock on all the sub assembly joints. Once dry, after about 1 hour, clean all the ball ends to ensure that no Loctite 270 threadlock is present.

The kit shown here id a Standard Dog Armature. Components not shown are the Rigging Stud, Standard Tie Down Assemblies & Tie Down Screws.

For more details on how to build your own armature check out our Kits Page


Production

Our armatures are all hand built to order and are carefully assembled to guarantee smooth and precision movement. They are constructed with aluminium shoulder and hip blocks, threaded limbs, aluminium joint link plates with stainless/steel balls and steel feet. The hip block is supplied with an M3 rigging point and the feet have an M3 tie down point. In addition the steel feet are magnetic to aid your work in the studio.


Armature Tie Downs

Our armatures can be tied down in the studio in 3 ways. Using the M3x12mm screws provided securing the armature to the studio bench from underneath or by using the complex/standard tie down assembly detailed below.

Malvern Armatures - Armature Studio Tie Down Assembly

On the COMPLEX Tie Down Assembly the lower wing nut is locked onto the studding with a locknut and both components are secured using Loctite 270 threadlock. The second wing nut is screwed onto the studding together with a washer. The studding is passed through a clearance hole in the studio bench and screwed into the foot assembly. The armature is then secured to the studio bench by tightening the second wingnut and washer against the underside of the studio bench.

On the STANDARD Tie Down Assembly the studding is screwed into the foot and passed through the studio bench allowing the wingnut to screwed onto the thread. The armature is then secured to the studio bench by tightening the wingnut and washer against the underside of the studio bench.

The studding supplied is M3x50mm long. If extra long studding is required this can also be supplied.

For a COMPLEX Assembly just order Parts List - Item 27. For a STANDARD Assembly just order Parts List - ITEM 28. If you require a different length of studding just email your requirements before we start manufacture.


Customer Feedback:

Jason B. Worcester UK - "Just wanted to say the kit arrived on Friday. Its a wonderful thing, can't wait to use it. I know I will be in touch again soon for some more."
Amalia A. Athens, Greece - "I received today the armature and I wanted to thank you because the armature is amazing. Everything is perfect. Thank you so much for this excellent work. You are so talented. Keep making these beautiful things :)
Amalia A. Athens, Greece - "You have the best site on Armatures I have visited and you have everything I need."
Raph R. Sydney, Australia - "We LOVE the armatures! Wonderfully constructed and superior to others I have used."
Nicola B. Cardiff, UK - "Just wanted to say thank you for the exchange, really grateful for all your help!"
Neil W. Preston, UK- "Great product, excellent service. Many thanks"
Alba G. New York, USA (Fantasiation) - "Your armatures are amazing. They move like a Rolls Royce"
Elina D. Sydney, Australia - "They have arrived. Thank you very much for the Armature and Baseplates"
Bruce W. Suffolk, UK- "The parcel arrived at about 11am this morning! It's fantastic."
Walter N. Baltimore, USA "...you should consider taking better photos of your items as these are far superior to what I was expecting - the cup finish is impeccable"
Alba G. New York, USA (Fantasiation) - "The way your armatures move are amazing. I appreciate your craftmanship!"
Hiram R. Caifornia, USA - "Great - amazing service you have"
Alba G. New York, USA (Fantasiation) - "I got them so fast. Already did some tests and they are AWESOME!!. WOW - Thank You"
James C. Cardiff, UK - "My bespoke armature is really good, lots of thanks for a great service"
Aielo G. Switzerland - "I've received the armatures this morning, thank you. A great job - they are perfect"
Murat B. Istanbul, Turkey- "Products received today. I would like to shop with you again"
Nathan L. Tecumseh, USA - "Just wanted to let you know that I received the full size armature hand. It's phenomenal
Nathan L. Tecumseh, USA - "Got the Gorilla today. Most excellent!. Thank you a million times"
Hannah Q-J. Cardiff, UK - "Just signed for my armature. He looks fab - thank you"
Jo H. - Devize,s UK "Thank you so much, the parcel arrived safely and is wonderful"
Pauline L. Southampto,n UK - "Many thanks for all your help. I'm sure we'll be in touch again"
Jordan B. York, UK - "Got my armature today. Can't stop looking at it already :)"
Clare R. Berkshire, UK - "Many thanks and thank you for such a personal service"

Bespoke Armature Design

Malvern Armatures - Bespoke Armature Design

To compliment our Professional and Standard Ranges of armatures we also offer a full armature design and manufacture service to help you build your unique character.

Just e-mail us a full size "Turn Around" sketch of your new character, together with any critical dimensions, and we will endeavour to design & manufacture the armature to your specific requirements.

For more details on Bespoke Armatures check out our Bespoke Armature Design Page


What's in the Box/Envelope?

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Malvern Armatures - Postage & PackagingWhen you purchase one of our armatures it comes fully assembled, unless you buy a kit, and ready to go straight from the box/envelope. The armature is supplied with a 2mm Allen Key for adjusting the tension of the joints, two M3x12mm tie down screws for securing the feet (if required), two 50mm studs with wing nuts for alternative tie downs and a one 75mm length of M3 studding with four lock nuts and washers that can be used for rigging your armature in the studio.

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