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FRIENDS: 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 Sue Truman on Jul. 28, 2018
TO EMMY REICHGELT- Love the color of the kamishibai box, really nice!!! Well it sounds like the crankie bug has bitten! Great!! Keep me posted and let me know if you have questions!
Moving panoramas toured throughout Europe in the 19th century. I will keep a lookout yo see if there were moving panorama performances in Holland❤️
Written by Emmy Reichgelt on Jul. 27, 2018
part of my message went missing.
Thank you for your encouragement to make a Volkje Crankie Show. I am so inspired, I can't sleep. Ideas jumping up an down in my head :-D
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Written by Emmy Reichgelt on Jul. 27, 2018
Hi Sue! My husband made me a 'table top' Kamishibai, so not mounted to the back of my bike. Although I'm dutch and we use bikes every where ;-)
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Written by Sue Truman on Jul. 27, 2018
TO EMMY REICHGELT: Thank you so much for sending the picture of your matchbox crankie!!❤️❤️❤️❤️ I looked at your website and yes, I agree, you should make a crankie show.

I am familiar with kamishibai. My friend Dmitri Carter has an antique one on display at the NW Puppet Center in Seattle. Do you have it mounted to the back of a bike??
Written by Sue Truman on Jul. 27, 2018
TO CECILIA FORD: Thank you for asking the question about scissors and cutting shadow puppets. This is not my area is expertise but I use scissors too. I have three different pair of Fiskars. They are all meant for sewing and cutting small things. One pair has curved blades and that has been helpful. I looked on their website and learned that they have a table top scissors sharpener for $11.00. I did not know!! I am going to invest in one because yes, cutting paper will dull them.

I use scissors because I have been a sewer/ quilter for 50 years and scissors feel comfortable to me. However, for very fine cuts, I will use an exacto knife. I have watched both Dejah Leger and Katherine Fahey use an exacto knife to cut puppets and it's like watching magic in front of your eyes! Best of luck to you!! Here is the website http://www2.fiskars.com/Products/Crafting-and-Sewing/Scissors-and-Shears
Written by Emmy Reichgelt on Jul. 27, 2018
Today I made my very first Matchbox crankie. Thanks to this inspirational website! I already use a kamishibai for storytelling but I think I am in for my own crankie show! First I have to practise a little more!
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Written by Cecilia Ford on Jul. 6, 2018
I like using scissors to form up shadow figures with simple construction paper. Just suits my natural way (from kindergarten ?) . Do you have recommendations for super Pesci delicate scissors. I am so tempted to use the small sewing scissors I inherited from my grandmother. So precise! But I remember the warning that I’ll ruin sewing scissors by using them on paper!
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Written by Sue Truman on Jun. 28, 2018
To Rosalee Harlow: Thank you for the compliment. I'm sorry, I don't understand your message, let what go?
Written by Rosalie Harlow on Jun. 22, 2018
please don't please let this go. I like this. I like How you made the Doll house. that is my favorite so far.
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Written by Sue Truman on Jun. 10, 2018
TO KATHLEEN WILLIAMS: Hi Kathleen! Most art stores sell rolls of 18" wide craft paper. That is the easiest to find and the least expensive. After you have illustrated the scroll, you might want to cover the back or the front with strips of clear contact paper. The kind you get at the hardware store. That will prevent tearing.

There are other options. If you go to the "Make a Crankie" page of this website, then click on "Material Choices for the Scroll" you will see other options.

Let me know if you have other questions
Written by Kathleen on Jun. 10, 2018
If I can get a carpenter to construct a box for me, how do I obtain the paper rolls? Do I need to get newsprint rolls to do this?
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Written by Sue Truman on Jun. 4, 2018
TO KATHLEEN WILLIAMS: Thank you for your message. My friend Louis Leger was making crankie boxes but had to stop making them for various reasons. Dang! I don't have a resource for you. If one becomes available, I will send an email. You might ask around, someone with woodworking experience and tools may be able to make one for you. Sorry that I cannot be of more help right now.☹️
Written by Sue Truman on Jun. 4, 2018
TO RISA: Thank you so much for the compliment on the website. I am glad you are enjoying it and maybe you will make a crankie??😀
Written by Sue Truman on Jun. 4, 2018
TO NELA: Thank you for asking about materials for the scroll. There are lots of choices, all with their pros and cons. Tyvek is strong, won't tear and is easy to crank but a bit expensive. Paper is cheaper but not as strong, but you could always cover it with strips of clear contact paper. Here is a link to a page on material choices for the scroll http://www.thecrankiefactory.com/348971239 from the Make a crankie section of this website. It will give you lots of options.
Written by Kathleen Williams on Jun. 2, 2018
I would like very much to create a story/song roll with my granddaughter and show it in a crankie box, but I'm not handy and the directions for making the box are intimidating. So I looked here from a google link saying I could buy a box.
The only one I find for sale is $1800 with a story role included. This is about $1700 more than my budget.
Is there actually a site that sells a full sized box? Like at least 14 inches wide?
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