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How to make a Marionette!

Getting Started.

1.) Choose your wood carefully. Check for knots and even grain.

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Dan traces the leg stencil’s on the piece of wood he carefully selected.

Start with a beautiful piece of pine 2 1/4 inches square, 12 inches long, with strait grain, freshly faced. It smells and looks inviting – you can almost taste it

Tools will cut through easily to find the leg within.

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2.) Make your pattern. Draw or sketch the idea in its true size on a large piece of card stock or heavy paper.
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3.) Cut out your patterns to match the shape of your drawing and desired puppet piece.

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4.) Trace the leg patters on two sides of the pine block. To make the left leg, flip one of the patters. Make sure there is a small bit of wood showing outside the pattern. This will make the cutting more accurate.

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