Rod puppets – easy.
Shadow puppets – easy.
Marionettes – tricky, tricky, tricky.
First up there are the limbs to cut. Each puppet needs eight limbs, so with thirty puppets – 240 limbs. A visit to Bunnings and I’m the happy owner of ten 1m lengths of dowel (which is cheaper if you buy the shorter lengths).
Add in sixty hands and feet, thirty torsos and heads and – and probably about 600 eye-screws.
Now there was a win. Searching on eBay brought up a couple of possibilities and ten minutes later two 500 piece bags were mine. And only $10.
Another five minutes later and I bid on a bag of 1000 screws. Two days later and the bag was mine, for $1.54.
Now how can anyone make a profit on 1000 eye-screws for $1.54? Oh, and free postage too.
The students have started their painting. Some have an amazing eye for detail and some just have an amazing imagination. The early finishers have already found the box of cloth and are making shirts and skirts. Next step: cutting out the heads and feet.