Kinetic Puppet Theater

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I often wonder how exhilarating it would be to have the abilities of superman and mermaid, to freely fly above the clouds and swim under the deep sea. Well, the lucky girl in our puppet show gets to do all of that.

The entire puppet show is operated with one pulley system, connected to either a crank, which creates the “swimming with dolphin” scene, or a sliding rod, which creates the “flying with birds” scene.  The mechanism is inspired by the brilliant kinetic sculptures of Reuben Margolin. (Thank you Reuben!) The mini mechanical theater offers many possibilities of studying movements of people, animals and nature, building sceneries, and exploring kinetic mechanisms.

Materials and tools (shown in each steps)-
To build the mechanism:
-3/4”x3/4” wood 3’ long, 6 pieces
-paper clips, colored ones are really helpful
-5 lb clear weight fishing line
-hot glue, glue gun, and all purpose glue
*the picture hanging kit was not used, instead, some angle brackets were used to set up the theater
-card board
-clips from MakeDo, which allow one to join two pieces of card board, and release them later, very useful in flexible designs. You can use other type of clips in its place
To make the puppets :
-fabrics, felt, poly fill, sewing needle and threads
-waterproof drawing pen, for the face details, or acrylic paints
-color construction paper, or design and print your own color patterns
-hot glue gun
-box cutter, or excto knife, and scissors
-measuring tape, straight edge, compass, pen or pencil
-drill or screw driver to install angle brackets onto wall
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This is totally awesome:). Congratulationssss!!
blissful2015 (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya10 months ago
hi tarun! thank you so much!!! =)
bajablue10 months ago
Beautiful work!
blissful2015 (author)  bajablue10 months ago
wow thank you so much bajablue! great to meet you and thank you for your sunshine filled instructables =)
flyingpuppy10 months ago
Horray! A well-deserved win!
blissful2015 (author)  flyingpuppy10 months ago
thank you so much flyingpuppy for sharing my excitement! =) i am really honored!!
foobear11 months ago
Unbelievably awesome!
blissful2015 (author)  foobear11 months ago
thank you so much footbear! happy flying! =)
Godzilla8910 months ago
Those aren't real puppets.
flyingpuppy11 months ago
Whimsical new concept in puppeteering. Well done.
blissful2015 (author)  flyingpuppy11 months ago
thank you flyingpuppy! nice to see you again! =)
jessyratfink11 months ago
Beautiful work. I love the way your drawing style translates into the finished pieces - really quirky and cute!
blissful2015 (author)  jessyratfink11 months ago
thank you jessy! i love so many of your gorgeous and delicious ibles! it's great to 'meet' you finally! =)

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