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« on: July 01, 2018, 06:13:51 pm »

Hello, everyone! I haven't been on in a while, but I recently had a good find in an antique shop! I found a wonderful (but creepy) clown marionette! I purchased it mostly because I want to learn how to properly puppeteer on marionettes. Does anyone have any good tips or videos? This marionette is also a super simple one. It's not even complex enough to have two separate bars for arms and legs. The controls have one bar with the legs and arms on them and then a regular bar that has the head and the back. 
« Last Edit: July 01, 2018, 06:18:14 pm by illusionistpuppeteer »
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2018, 10:23:23 pm »

well as creepy looking as it is, the first suggestion I would give is not watch any of the Puppet Master movies.
Shawn Sorrell
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2018, 05:51:05 am »

That is a Hazelle Rollins marionette. She had her factory here in Kansas City MO in the 30s - 70s. Actually it looks like it may be one of the later ones or one made by the museum that now has her stuff. http://puppetryartsinstitute.org/hazelle-rollins-puppet-factory-exhibit/

My suggestion would be to simply put on some music and 'play' with the puppet. A small amount of movement in the control can actually cause quite a bit of movement in the puppet. If you want more control you can build a new control for him to separate the hands from the legs.  You can see a basic controller here http://puppetsandstuff.com/community/index.php?action=gallery&g2_itemId=22913 you don't need the shoulder or nose attachments on this puppet but you could string the others.
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2018, 12:57:36 am »

I don't particularly trust myself to make these changes myself, so I'm going to try to find someone in my area that can help me with this endeavor because I'm not good with strings. I'm worried I'll cut it too short, or I'll break it forever. you know, that kind of thing XD
Shawn Sorrell
« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2018, 06:28:24 am »

Stringing Tip: Start stringing your puppet from the puppet up. That way you can leave extra string at the control so that if you need to lengthen some you can untie the knot then retie. Once you test it all out and the marionette moves how you want then you can cut the extra off and secure the knot with a bit of glue.
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