Monday, June 05, 2006

The Secrets of Making Marionettes

Here's a link to a 1934 edition of Popular Mechanics entitled The Secrets of Makeing Marionettes. The site features scans of the original article as well as an HTML transcription. There are some valuable tips on figure-making for all automata artists in this article. If you're not sure how, check out the work of Tom Haney who makes key-operated marionettes machines.

You may also want to look into the book Making and Manipulating Marionettes

This book is a complete guide to the design, construction, and control of string puppets.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello dug,

here's a blogwarming gift for you. it's a video showing a few authentic karakuri ningyo in action, constructed traditional materials/methods by a karakuri master in japan. no plastic in these beauties. they produce a heavenly sound, i think so at least. take care!

June 8, 2006 at 6:06 AM  
Blogger Dug North said...

Aaron, Thanks for the link! Great movie. Take note, everyone...the file is big (22mb). Enjoy!

June 10, 2006 at 6:20 PM  

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