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Dry Bones Marionette

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You too can have your very own collapsible Dry Bones. He takes less than a day to make, and will provide hours (I'm sure) of enjoyment.
Disclaimer: Dry Bones is likely fragile, contains small pieces, and should not be given to small children. Also, clay is not safe for eating, ovens can burn you, and you should always consult your personal crafting guru before embarking on a project of this sort, because I certainly do not know what I'm doing. You have been warned.
Shall we begin?
 
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Step 1: Supplies

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You will need:
Clay - I used Sculpey III, but you could use any other bake-able clay. Or, if you wanted to use the baked clay pieces to make a mold and make a more durable Dry Bones from plastic or something, have at it.
Clay Tools - Something to cut the clay with, something to pierce the clay with ( I used a big sewing needle), you could use a pasta machine to make the clay sheets more even. This can be as complicated as you want, really.
Aluminum Foil - Optional, but saves clay and makes finished Dry Bones lighter.
Drinking Glass - For cutting circles. I used a juice glass that I also use for mixing paint. Don't use one you actually drink out of.
Oven + Baking sheet - Or whatever your particular kind of clay needs for hardening. I also line my baking sheet with aluminum foil, so I don't get clay all over my food the next time I use it.
Elastic Thread - You need this to string Dry Bones together at the end.
Time - I made Dry Bones in about half a day.
This is adorable. Great photos, too!
mini_mom2 years ago
Great out of the box idea!!
book-worm (author)  mini_mom2 years ago
Thanks so much! It was a lot of fun to do.
poofrabbit2 years ago
So I've been playing around with your instructable. Dry bones was my first marionette, but I've now made several others. I am doing this with kids this summer, I'll show you pictures when they finish. Thanks for such a great 'able!
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book-worm (author)  poofrabbit2 years ago
Ahh! It's brilliant! Thanks so much for sharing!
Absolutely! I'm having so much fun with these, and it's all your fault! :) I just might have to make myself a Mario as well! :) I will keep you posted and I will show you what the kids came up with! Thanks again for such an amazing 'able!
poofrabbit2 years ago
I'm going to make this as well as do it as a project with some kids. I might have to mod it for them, I'll post pic when I finish. This is really very cool, nice nice job!
book-worm (author)  poofrabbit2 years ago
Great! I love it when people make projects their own - I certainly tailor everybody else's projects to my needs! I await pictures.
RobenC3 years ago
Do we get to meet Dry Bones?
book-worm (author)  RobenC3 years ago
Sure!
This is awesome. You've got my vote.
book-worm (author)  owen.stephens3 years ago
Thank you so much!
ynze3 years ago
Very nice! You've got my one of my votes! :)
book-worm (author)  ynze3 years ago
I appreciate it very much!
D00M993 years ago
You should do a video of Dry Bones dancing and embed it! That would be AWESOME! :D
us3stephens3 years ago
This is so cool! Well done! Instructions are well laid out.
book-worm (author)  us3stephens3 years ago
Thanks so much!
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