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I hope you enjoyed watching the crankies. I would love to hear from you. If you have a question, or if you have a story to tell, leave a comment here. Or, you can send an email to me: stepdancesue at gmail dot com Find The Crankie Factory on Facebook and You Tube. Follow me on Twitter suetruman1 And by all means MAKE A CRANKIE!

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Written by Ryan Dunne on Aug. 11, 2017
You have a lot of useful information on here. I'm starting my first Crankie and I wanted to know if you came across any problems using watercolors on paper for your Crankies. Was there buckling, did the paper handle well being cranked after being watercolored or did the constant rolling help flatten it out?
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Written by Sue Truman on Jul. 21, 2017
Ah! I spelled query wrong (below)! Note to self: don't reply to messages before your first cup of coffee! :-)
Written by Sue Truman on Jul. 21, 2017
Nissa,
I put a querrie out on the Facebook group page: Crankies in the Puppet World and Beyond (join the group!) and I received a reply from Felicia Cooper:
Felicia Cooper - I'd probably use paper cement with a dry tack. If you get the unwaxed parchment paper, this should work. Also, thistothat.com is a website that helps suggest adhesives for various combinations.

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I didn't know about this website. I am going to check it out and add it to the Make a Crankie page. Stay in touch and let us know how you are doing! Best! Sue
Written by Sue Truman on Jul. 20, 2017
Hi Nissa! Thank you so much! I haven't used culinary parchment paper before for the scroll. I think Anna and Elizabeth have. Let me ask around and I will report back. Does the parchment paper have a waxy coating on it? Sue
Written by Nissa Shiell on Jul. 20, 2017
Hello Sue- beautiful website! We are experimenting with making a cranky using parchment paper as the scroll. Can you recommend a glue that will adhere well to culinary parchment paper?
Thanks:)
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Written by Nissa Shiell on Jul. 20, 2017
Hello Sue- beautiful website! We are experimenting with making a cranky using parchment paper as the scroll. Can you recommend a glue that will adhere well to culinary parchment paper?
Thanks:)
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Written by Sue Truman on Jul. 12, 2017
To Kiah,
Hello! I watched your beautiful crankie, the Fiddler of Gord. This made my day. :-) Really beautiful images and fiddling. I recognized the 2nd tune from the playing of Cape Breton fiddlers. Is this your first crankie?
Written by Sue Truman on Jul. 12, 2017
To Jason Brown - Hello! Regarding your question of how long should the scroll be for a 30 second crankie - can you tell me how tall the scroll is? If the scroll is 18 inches wide/tall, I can do an experiment, cranking at a medium speed, to see how long. You would also need to add in some length at the beginning and the end for a leader. If the scroll is 18" high my guess would be around 4 feet plus a bit at the beginning and end for the leader but not sure at all until I actually try it!
Written by Kiah on Jul. 12, 2017
Hi Sue,

My friend and I made a papercut crankie of a Scottish story we love. We thought we would share it with you since your website gave us so much inspiration and guidance along the way!

You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j53hrjetgG4
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Written by Jason Brown on Jul. 10, 2017
HI,

I am working on crankies for a 4H class next summer. I had a question: How many feet of canvas/paper on the crankie will tell a 30 second story? We want them to tell a brief story but because of time constraints they can't do a very long roll.
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Written by Sue Truman on Feb. 7, 2017
Tii MClane: Hello and that you so much for telling us about your Aunt and the Crankie she made. If you find it, could you take a few pictures or even a video? I am very interested to know more about it and when it was made. Thanks again and hope to hear back! Sue
Written by Tii MCLANE on Feb. 7, 2017
Hi Sue,
I got your website info from Elizabeth. I had an aunt who was into crankies. She made one in particular that was pretty cool... it was her story of going to Scotland to explore her heritage and wondering about her great grandmother. I remember her doing it once for our family. It lies in an cool oldwooden table/bed, but if I remember right she took it out to hold up as she and a helper rolled it out. She was once upon a time a collector of Scottish songs, then later became a visual artist doing found-object sculptures (see photo). She died in 2008 and the last I saw of the crankie we had put it up in an attic room of the family house. I think I will go look for it!!
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Written by Aude Rose on Jan. 12, 2017
Hi Sue,
What a nice, prompt and detailed answer ! Thanks, it helps a lot.
Could you tell me what is the best material (paper ? and if it is, which one ?) to make the scroll. And also which pencil or paint or ink may I use and for what effect (I hope my english is not too bad !).
When you say that making the scroll takes you a couple of month, could you be more precise and tell me how many hours do you spend by day on that work ?

Have a nice day and a playfull crankie time !
Aude
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Written by Sue Truman on Jan. 5, 2017
Aude Rose,

Hello and thank you for your message!
To answer your first question which I believe is 'how long does it take to make the crankie box?' I would say if you have the wood, screws, dowels, hardware all gathered up, AND if you have access to power tools (saw and drill) AND if you have experience making/using these things, then maybe 2 or 3 hours.

However, my husband, who had made six (!) crankie boxes for me over the years, says that 2-3 hours is optimistic. The devil is in the details he says! Plan on more time than that since it's your first box.

If it is not working to make your own box, you could buy a box from my good friend Louis Leger. Google "crankie kit Etsy"

Finally, if you were asking how long it takes to make the scroll (people always ask me that) it takes me at least a couple months, sometimes longer. And then I usually add in more detail after it has been performed once or twice.

Best of luck to you and let me know if you have more questions.
Written by Aude Rose on Jan. 4, 2017
By the way, do you know the name of a crankie box in french ? Thanks in advance, Aude
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