File puptcrit/puptcrit.0606, message 52

Date: Mon, 5 Jun 2006 10:37:54 -0400
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Marionette Stringing advice?

On Jun 5, 2006, at 10:00 AM, wrote:

> In "Strings", the actual strings were metaphors, as you know.   To get 
> a
> clean look, drill a 1/32 inch hole in the wood (or celastic or plastic
> wood...whatever) insert the string with a bit of glue, drive   a 
> toothpick to hold it,
> and break off the excess.   The string will hold for years..and years. 
>   jim
> Gamble

Yes, this is a good way to attach strings, but it does not allow for 
easy removal and reattachment (presumably for costume changes?), which 
was Mathieu's original request.  Most of our marionettes are 
"perma-strung", so unfortunately I don't have much help to offer, 
Mathieu.  I do recollect a thread, though, that discussed little clips, 
or something.  Fishing gear??

> I'm surprised you are only now thinking of the strings, long after 
> you've
> created the figure.   Desired movement must be considered from the 
> beginning.
> Usually figures are too stiff or too loose, having not considered the 
> planes of
> motion of a foot, for example is so much different from a wrist joint.
> Lacking these parameters cannot be overcome with a strings.   Jim 
> Gamble

I'm sure Mathieu has thought about the movement, Jim.  He wasn't asking 
about whether or not to have strings, but only about different ways to 
attach them.


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