Mr. Bone-jangles

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Project by hairy posted 10-22-2018 06:19 PM 848 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My 1st attempt at a marionette.

I made the skull first, then based the rest of the dimensions off of that. If some forensic anthropologist were to flesh this out, he be fugly.

Mostly dado joints and some dowels. The ribs didn’t get glued in until almost the end. I cut them down 2 more times trying to get the size right.

I made the controller look like it’s made of bones. The top bar is held on with magnets, for easy removal. I planned on using clear fishing line instead of string, but this is good. I can see them better, that might help me keep them from getting tangled. I said might, it’s still a theory.

At first I used the top bar for the arms, changed to the legs, and finally back to the arms.

I did not glue in the cane.

Aspen. 16” tall x 6” wide. Acrylic paints and rattle can lacquer.

-- Genghis Khan and his brother Don, couldn't keep on keeping on...

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#1 posted 10-22-2018 09:01 PM

That’s pretty cool!
We need a little video so we can see how he/she moves.

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#2 posted 10-22-2018 11:13 PM

Nice work, Hairy! I agree that a movie of him dancing would be great!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 10-23-2018 12:42 AM

That’s awesome, I bet there was a lot of giggling when you were making it

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#4 posted 10-23-2018 04:52 AM

Great looking bone man. I like how you made moving body parts-joints

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 10-23-2018 11:31 AM

That’s very cool

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#6 posted 10-23-2018 01:11 PM

Ditto on the video!

-- Scott

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#8 posted 10-26-2018 01:25 AM

Hairy….WELL DONE!!!

Good Detail and he certainly is very well dressed. All ready for a Graveyard Dance.

Great project!!!!!


-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#9 posted 10-26-2018 12:43 PM

Nice job hairy. I love me some whimsy, and that sure qualifies.

Thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#10 posted 05-01-2019 03:05 AM

Well done, sir!
You could re-create the Gratetful Dead ‘Touch of Gray’ video if this fellow had a guitar!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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