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I am new to the Hub. I have recently started making marionettes more as art than as performance puppets. I work in polymer clay. Though I would love to learn to carve marionettes I am not skilled in the wood working area.
Currently, my controllers are sad little things. They are sort of an afterthought as my real pleasure is in creating the puppets. I don't think I can take on building complicated controllers. Alas, this means that the puppets are fairly limited in motion. I think with better controllers I could expand on their abilities.
I wonder if anyone could direct me to a source where I can buy reasonably priced, and fairly simple straight forward controllers. Or if you could suggest a construction method using very limited woodworking tools.
Dear Susan ,
For a really good bok that has very clear illustrations of good simple controls go to Amazon and look for a copy of Marionettes a Hobby For Everyone. OIt's one of "the bibles" of marionette craft. However Susan Vandeweghe's control is very good!
Jim Gamble has very kindly posted his controllers on his wonderful website- with his great puppets .
You can see the selection controlls here-
enjoy !-Eric Smith