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Marionette Circus Posted on Wed, March 23, 2011 23:20:36

I took a break but now I’m back working on my circus again!

Here’s some of what I’ve done:

Leather joints!

(the half ones are for the wall, I will explain further when I get to that stage)

A belt to put the knives in
(not done yet)

I didn’t have enough black fur for his hat so I’m knitting one instead

I’ve also come quite far on the head, I will update with some step by step photos when it’s done.

Flute Player

Marionette Circus Posted on Wed, May 19, 2010 17:07:37

Another act for the circus is a “snakeman”. He will climb out of a little box and then do a hand walk. With him he has a flute player that “lure” him out of the box and make him dance.

This is the fluteplayer, right now.

I tried to cover him with “sawdust clay”, it’s sawdust and wallpaper glue. (You can see it poking up from the back at the shoulders.) I think my sawdust had to big pieces. He will be covered in clothes so I’m just trying to fill it out the easiest way. He will be sitting the whole time so his legs are going to be soft and his arms too. The only thing that is going to move on him is his fingers on the flute.

A coat for the Knife Thrower

Marionette Circus Posted on Wed, May 19, 2010 16:55:52

Yes, Boris now has a grey fur coat. Not so furry though but don’t tell him!

Boris the Knife Thrower

Marionette Circus Posted on Sun, May 16, 2010 23:13:01

A while ago I went to the library and found a book by Peter Fraser, Puppet Circus. It’s a book with very good instructions on how to make some trick-marionettes and good instructions and tips about marionettes in general.

I myself is a bit fascinated by circus’ so the book really spoke to me. I’v made a list (not complete yet) of some performers I wanted in my puppet circus and then I made some sketches of the different kinds of puppets I would need, and as a third step I went online and ordered some materials I needed.

I started with working on the simplest marionette, one almost completely covered in clothes. His name is Boris, a Knife Thrower from Russia (I got the inspiration to his character from an episode of one of my favorite tv-shows, Bones).

I don’t have the “right” materials for my marionettes so I mostly take what I got which leads to a bit of experimenting.

I’ve used a dowel for the arms and legs and a piece of wood covered with foam for the body. I’m going to make the hands and feet in clay and the head will probably be a base of paper mache covered in clay.

The joints are supposed to be leather but I’m still waiting for it to be delivered so I did some temporary joints out of paper.

He just needs a coat, a fur hat and a knifebelt, then his outfit is complete.


Marionette Posted on Sat, May 15, 2010 03:09:30

I did a little Pinocchio-marionette, just for fun. I don’t think it will work that well, I realized a bit to late that the joints were wrong.
He’s about 16 cm / 6,3 inches tall.

He’s made of fleshcolored Super Sculpey and the joints are some bent wire.

I haven’t finished painting him yet. The color require several layer for it to not be see-through. Guess I need to invest in some new paint!