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This is an instructable showing the step by step process of creating a wooden marionette puppet.
 
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Step 1: Materials

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Materials you will need are as followed
  • A board of wood about 20x20
  • tools (jig saw, ban saw, staple gun)
  • optional: paint or accessories for the head
  • felt (black, whatever colour for skin, and mouth)
  • baby clothes for dressing your puppet
  • baby shoes for the feet
  • a wig
  • ribbon

Step 2: Making Measurements

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Start by taking the measurements of your body (or someone else doesn't really matter). Then scale your measurements by about 1/3 but only one half for the head (i like the way it looks). Remember it does not have to be exact.
        
  Here are my measurements (Make 2 of everything but three heads)
  • Torso 22 x 11 cm
  • Head 15 x 12 cm (oval)
  • Upper arm 10 x 4 cm
  • Lower arm 8 x 3 cm
  • Hand 6 x 4 cm
  • Thigh 18 x 5 cm
  • Calf 13 x 4 cm
  • Foot 6 x 4 cm
 

Step 3: Outlining the pieces

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Using your  measurements outline your pieces on your wood. While making the outlines it is helpful to mark the type of piece each is.

Step 4: Cutting

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Using a ban saw (or any other saw you are able to) cut on the outlines for each of your pieces that you did earlier. (the cuts don't have to be perfect they will be covered). I recommend using the jig saw for the head because it cuts better corners.

Step 5: Cutting Corners

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This part is very simple all you have to do is cut 45 degree angles on each limb where ever there will be a joint. Have it so the peek of the angles touch.

Step 6: Attaching the Limbs Together

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For this i used about 1 inch thick ribbon and glued it onto each piece and it seems to hold quite well so there shouldn't be any problems.
I really love this! This type of puppet is so fun to play with :)
I know i walked it through school all day when i finished it thanks for the comment
Mr. Noack1 year ago
Congrats on being the first THS student to become a finalist in an instructables contest!
artworker1 year ago
You worked real hard on your puppet! It shows on the final product! Nice workshop!
johannschmidt (author)  artworker1 year ago
thanks
Mr. Noack1 year ago
This is awesome! Well done sir! Bonus marks for plaid.