Armature Stand Tutorial

So I was looking to get back into sculpting and I recently built some armature stands. So I thought I’d take the time to share how I do this and what materials were used. There are many kind of stands out there and when you can find information on them you will see each sculptor has their own method. Finding tutorials and material list though never seams easy to find. I’ve done this tutorial with images, hope you like:

Step 1: Materials- 1 1/4″-20×12″ threaded rod, 2 1/4″-20 Wing nuts, 1 1/4″ T-Nut, 1/4″ Washer & Hex Nut, 1 10-24×6″ Threaded rod, 3 10-24 Wing Nuts, 1 10-24×3/4″ Machine Screw, 1 1″ “L” Bracket, 1 3″ Folding Door Hinge, 1 8″x8″x3/4″ Wood(optional sizes based on your needs).

Step 2: Drill 1/4″ hole in the corner of the wood not to close to the edge or it could crack.  Install your 1/4″ T-Nut(Optional I counter sunk my T-Nut with a 3/4″ Drill bit before installing.)

Step 3: Place your hex nut about an inch down the threaded rod and place your washer on. Now thread your 1/4″ Rod into the t-nut make sure not to go all the way through or it will not sit flush. Tighten hex nut like so

Step 4: You will need a Dremel or rotary tool to cut the hinge where its shown in the picture. After cutting the hinge you will need to expand the hinges pin hole enough so the 10-24 threaded rod can slide through without issue. I do not remember what drill bit I used for this. One hinge will make 4 Components and hinges tend to come in a two pack if you buy them, so you could make four armature stands from 2 hinges.

Step 5: After cutting and drilling the hinge part you will now place a 10-24 wing nut on the 10-24 6″ threaded rob backwards. Slide hinge over rod and add second wing nut.

Step 6: Drill a little larger than 1/4″ hole through one side of your “L” bracket. Then place split washer over machine screw and put that through the un-drilled side of the L bracket away from the L side. Next add the two remaining washers over the screw for spacing. Connect hinge and rod to this and add your last 10-24 wing nut.

Step 7: Place one of your 1/4″ wing nuts on the 1/4″ threaded rod about half way down the rod upside down. Slide the large hole L Bracket over the rod and screw on the last wing nut. You will instantly see where this can be adjusted to make holding your armature easy.

Finished: Armature tutorial coming soon. Oh your stand is done. Hope this tutorial helped!


  • johann

    Thanks. This is a simple armature stand tutorial. Easy to follow. I found you will looking at images on Google and clicked a picture. But I am new to it all. How do you secure it to the armature?

  • Eric

    Thanks, I tried to make it simple…. I have been neglecting my site so bad lately I need to get back on that. Anyway to answer your question: I us 10-24 T-Nut or wing Nut mounted to the back of the Armature itself or some people like to just wrap some of the armature wire around the 10-24 6 inch rod, but I find it eventually loosens itself to much to make it worth while. hope this helped!

  • Danny

    i have a few questions for you, let me get right into it. how much did it cost you to make? and also did you use the wood planks in the final piece as a stand or did you change it out for the final product? should i leave some armature wire out of the bottom of the feet to make it easy to mount on a stand? can you bake the whole armature stand and plank of wood? do you have any tips on mold making and or resin casting? id love to see a tutorial by you for these subjects because your tutorial was just so helpful. MOAR TUTORIALS!

  • Eric

    Hello Danny,

    The Stand was cheap to make maybe $10, but that gave me enough hardware to make multiples.I used the wood for a stand only while sculpting, you can sculpt a base on top of the wood and remove it with your sculpt. No need to drill foot holes in the wood, that’s what is great about the stand you don’t have to rely on the stand and you can remove the sculpt and have additional freedom. Yes, you can bake everything at once so long as you don’t have rubber feet on the bottom of the wood, also eventual the wood could warp and be replaced, however I have great way to bake on armature stand but that’s another tutorial or two. I do mold and cast too, but again that’s multiple tutorials. Guess i will need to get on these tutorials, your timing is perfect because I am in the process of doing some new stuff and I will just have to make some tutorials as I go. Thanks For Commenting! Feel free to look me up on Twitter and Instagram.

  • Deirdre

    Hi Eric,

    Great tutorial! I had watched a few videos and read a bunch of armature stand tutorials and yours beats all. Also, pre-made stands that are as adjustable as this one can get pricey, and this one can be made for under 20 bucks, so again, thanks.

    Did you ever do a tutorial on making the armature itself? I couldn’t find one on the site. I mean, I know the armature basics, but I was curious how you mount the nut to the armature? I’d prefer to use that option as opposed to just wrapping the wire around the threaded rod, since, as you’ve pointed out in the comments, it can loosen over time.

  • Nona

    I made an armature stand similar but with two pieces of wood stacked, with a lazy susan type fixture inbetween the pieces of wood. I really like your hinge idea.

  • Thanks per share this entire process, easy to follow, with your permission i’ll share this information with my friends!!!

  • Denise

    I’m going to try this soon. Do you have information on a good way to secure the armature to the rod? How do you do that so its sturdy to work on?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Back To Top