Stringing the puppet

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General
  • The first step is to figure out where you should put points to fix strings on puppet.
  • Puppet with strings has 9 strings and puppet with wire needs 4 strings. Points for strings on hands and on legs are for them the same.
  • On the hand, you should put a eyescrew on the hand above the gap between the thumb and the fingers (not too close the the gap, or it will break).
  • If your puppet has a sword, you can put an extra string for the end of the sword.
  • On the legs the eyescrew will be on the front center line. It is same line as where the hip and knee joints are center - positioned.
  • The eyescrew should be placed in the half of distance from knee to bottom of body. When you measure, do NOT including the joint piece at the top of the leg.
  • If the upper part of the leg is particularly long, you will have to try walking and than you maybe change it little higher or lower.
  • The puppet should never have strings on nose, or chin because they will block the face.
  • We hang hands lifted little up in gesture.
  • Hang puppet in vertical position when stringing them.
  • Strings for legs must be tide, not lose.
  • Strings
  • On puppet we fix strings with knots. On controller we don ´t make knots, that lets us to change fast and easy size of strings or broken strings when we need.
  • You can also have an extra string for the mouth (if it moves). Some puppets (like an angel which flies and does not walk) have strings on the back of their heels rather than their upper legs.
  • You can use any good strong strings you have.
  • Best color is black, but you can use any colour going well with costume of puppet.
  • Don´t use fishing lines. They are elastic and will not keep proportions.
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Puppet with strings

General
  • Measure distance from top of head to the controler.
  • That will be size of strings zou have to cut them little longer for knots.
  • First put strings for head.
  • Second put strings for shoulders and than for legs, hands and back.
  • The main strings are two strings on the head at the temple (above the ears) which hold the whole puppet.
  • Head
  • You will find the placement in the top quarter of the head - it depends on where the biggest width of the head is. Usually above the ears (or where the ears would be).
  • If looking at the head from above (birds eye view), the two points where the strings should be attached are on the same central line of head.
  • This line is at a right angle to the front center line. You should put eyescrews on left and right side of head, than try to hang it, and see if you like this position of head. If you move eyescrews on horizontal line in front chin of head will go up.
  • Body
  • There are three strings on the body.
  • The first two are at the shoulders, which separate the body and the head. They are located at the back of the body as close to the left and right side of the body as possible.
  • The third is a string on the puppets' seat. It will bring all the body up, and allow the puppet to bow. This string should be as low as possible on the center line of body and the string should be loose.
  • Hand and legs
  • Strings for hand and legs should be the same as puppet on a wire.
  • If the feet are separated from the leg - you can have string on the front, or the back of the foot. (also for special effects for dancers etc.).
  • How to put eyesrews/pins in the body
  • It is better to use eyescrews, because head of a nail can cut the string.
  • You can also band and use the pin for small parts of puppet as hands.
  • First you should turn and cut the head off of the pin (then it will be sharp on both ends).
  • You should make a hole in wood at the two points in which the pin will be inserted
  • Beat the pin into the body with a hammer.
  • For heavy puppets - you need stronger material than the pins. The pins should be placed in the body on a vertical line (so the top of the pin is above the bottom of the pin), not on a vertical line.
  • You can either put the pins inside or outside the costume.
  • If puppet will have trousers or skirt you will sew the string through the trousers.
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Puppet with a wire

General
  • Traditoinal puppet needs four strings.
  • Two strings are for legs so the puppet can walk.
  • Two strings are for hands.
  • There are puppets with wire and no strings There can be puppet with wire and head is hanged only on strings as it is on marionette with strings.
  • Hand
  • The first step is to figure out where you should put nails for your strings.
  • On the hand, you should put a nail on the hand above the gap between the thumb and the fingers (not too close the the gap or it will break).
  • If your puppet has a sword, you can put an extra string for the end of the sword.
  • Legs
  • The nail will be on the center line (same line as where front center line is going for the hip and knee joints or, if your hips have a dowel construction with legs from left and right side, then the same center line as the knee joint).
  • The eyesrew should be placed half-way up the upper leg (when you measure, do NOT including the joint piece at the top of the leg).
  • If the upper part of the leg is particularly long, you will have to try it and maybe change it.
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