INSTRUCTIONS: Humanly Posable Armature

The kits are now retired – get the parts and follow the instructions!

Here is how to go about it if it is your first time:
1. Draw your puppet in full scale on paper
2. Read through the instructions to understand the workings of the joints and connections.
3. Get the measurements of the joints and mark them off on your drawing where you want the joints.
4. Count the joints and calculate how many parts you will need.
5. Measure the distance between joints – that will be the length of the threaded rods (the spine and limbs that you will need). Get nylon connectors – they are cheaper than threaded rods and they connect threaded rods to make the limbs longer. Also you can cut nylon connectors to the size with wire cutters, very convenient.
6. Make the final list of all parts.
7. If you have questions, you can reach me through instagram @morezmorestudio
8. Come to and make an intelligent, well-thought-through, cost-efficient order for your custom puppet.
We sell parts in quantities of 1 (one), 10 and 50 pieces, get only what you need.

Thank you!

Example Armature Maps:
Cat and Thomas Armature (8.5″ or 22 cm)
Murdoch Armature (10.5″ or 27 cm)
Henry Armature (14″ or 35.5 cm)

HPA-2R Simple Kits (M00272 Starter Kit, M00272 Hardware Only)
HPA-M2R Basic Kits (M01110 Starter Kit, M01141 Hardware Only)
HPA-M3 Standard Kits (M01254 Starter Kit, M01359 Hardware Only)
HPA-M3 Superflex Kits (M00020 Starter Kit, M00862 Hardware Only)
Pipe Cleaners Hand Armature
Hand Armature Kit (M01039, M01074)
Feet Armature Kit (M0404)
Magnetic Wrist Joints Kit (M00220)
Animatable Stop Motion Puppet Eyes

Humanly Posable Armature (HPA) project purpose is to use stop-motion style armature in art dolls/figures/puppets, to make them move and pose.

As I am discovering, there are several ways to do the same joint or connection, so look at HPA as an “Erector” type construction set for dolls.

Professional stop-motion armatures are wonderful, but pretty hard to make. They are made by professional artists craftsmen in a metal machine shop with all the power equipment. The result is fantastic.

As I don’t see myself doing machine tooling, I wanted a set of standardized interconnecting parts to create my own custom size and custom purpose armatures. And they should be somewhat affordable.

I have been thinking about this cross-industry project for about a year, looking for standard steel parts all over the internet, figuring out shapes and sizes from photos, converting metrics millimeters to US inches and back, talking to vendors, buying the parts, waiting for international delivery, trying to fit them together. Some of them are standard hardware parts, and some of them I had to order custom.

Then I got finally all the parts together and made Monsieur Poirot, as an experiment. Folks on Facebook really liked Poirot and the whole idea. Inspired, I am continuing and will be glad to see other artists joining me on this project (using stop motion armature for OOAK doll). Your questions and comments are welcome. Thank you!


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Sophronia and Harold

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King and Jester

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Monsieur Poirot

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