our first marionette was not children friendly… i mean, the poor little thing can’t take the abuse of a 3-year-old. the strings tangle, the head falls off… and aina really wants a marionette doll that she can hug (maybe i should just make her a stuffed doll, but she wants a marionette).
so, as designers, ari and i are looking for a new solution and we came up with: a real wooden marionette…
after some research over the internet, we’re off to make our own Pinocchio.
ari bought pieces of bass wood and some carving set. starting from the end of February, our dining table is almost always full of wood chips.
slowly, we carved the legs, the body, the head… and finally, today all the parts are complete. hooray!
the knee joints are still using a wrong screw, we haven’t bought the right screw yet. the arms will be done using fabric for easy movement. the head… well, next time, we’ll use a larger piece… the piece we used was too small, thus resulting a flat-headed puppet, poor maninonet.
so, the next step is, after we sew the arms, ari paints the puppet, i make the clothes and the hair.
this is fun!!
ps: i’ll be posting more pictures at the Aina Princess Maninonet photo album 🙂