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Joints and other bendy parts

Started by Wyohming. Last reply by Daniel Dold Jul 17, 2015. 33 Replies

Easy to construct (or buy) controllers

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Comment by Tony on April 27, 2008 at 5:06pm
Saw that video on youtube a while ago, quite impressive. Although building a marionette to do a specific task (such as piano playing) isn't as difficult as it looks. It's more difficult to built a marionette to do many movements. Still a great act and puppet though, love the fact it's a frog, fits the movements perfectly.

The pictures posted by Jan show what i mean by 'having a leg/hip joint that doesn't allow for sideways movement'
If I get chance tomorrow I'll add one showing a different wooden version of the hip joint
Comment by Suzys Puppet Players on April 28, 2008 at 5:23pm
Thankyou for the invitation and the welcome!! This Club is another great idea to join us with fellowship sharing of our stringed family members !!! Have fun out there everyone everyday! Suze
Comment by Westpuppets on April 28, 2008 at 10:54pm
Hey guys thanks for the advice and picts for my problem. I can't wait to see the hip joint too. I will experiment with some wieghts but not sure where to put them. I think I have only weighted feet before.
Comment by Jan King on April 29, 2008 at 12:17pm

Hi, Westpuppets, I have hopefully attached 4 jpegs, 3 of which are from the Dwiggins Marionettes book, so I'm probably not supposed to be doing it, and the fourth is of an almost completed knee joint made as in the Dwiggins book. You may still be able to get this from Ray DaSilva in this country, (England), I can give you his website, if you like
Comment by Tony on April 29, 2008 at 2:46pm
Here's a variation, not so delicate or artistic but works well enough

Comment by James Arnott on May 3, 2008 at 7:14pm
Elbow strings!!!
Comment by Westpuppets on May 4, 2008 at 9:40pm
Thanks for the pictures guys! I always wanted that Dwiggins Marionettes book but used copies were so darn expensive. Tony that is not delicate or artistic!? Those legs are awesome. I wish I could try a real professionals marionette to be able to compare what they really should move like.
Comment by Tony on May 6, 2008 at 2:33pm
The Dwiggins book is great but I'm not sure Ray has any left and it's heavy so might be expensive to ship stateside.
A great book to learn about marionettes is Making and Manipulating Marionettes by David Currell
Use the link and I'll get a little commission from Amazon or buy from Ray DaSilva here:
Comment by Jan King on May 7, 2008 at 3:05am
Ray DaSilva has 'Marionette in Motion', which seems to be a smaller version of his huge book. It is £10.50 on www.puppetbooks.co.uk
Comment by Puppets on Broadway on May 9, 2008 at 8:16pm
Hi. I'm puppets on Broadway and i'm new to this and i'm a marionettist so I can't wait to talk to some of you including mr.Tony Sinnett because he is my idol!!!


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