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FRIENDS: I hope you enjoyed this website. I would love to hear from you. If you have a question, or if you have a story to tell, leave a comment here. For the benefit of all, I usually respond here. Or, you can send an email to me: stepdancesue at gmail dot com. Find The Crankie Factory on Facebook and You Tube. I post a lot of crankie things on INSTAGRAM SueTruman1015. And by all means MAKE A CRANKIE! Thank you!

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Written by Sue Truman on Jan. 11, 2021
TO GERT WEIL:
Hello Gert! Look at the Folklore Village presentation. It is posted on the home page. I used wooden thread spools that were sawed in half. 1/4” wooden dowels fit into the holes in large thread spools. It’s tricky gluing them to the box. Run the wooden dowel through the box and into the spools to make sure they are lined up. Then add the glue but make sure glue doesn’t get on the spindle. Good luck!🧵🧵🧵🧵🧵🧵🧵
Written by Sue Truman on Jan. 11, 2021
TO BARBARA PENDAVENTO:
Thank you for sending the photo! I love it and I really like your crankie box with the extra embellishments.
Regarding the Tyvek I use, it’s more like paper, rather than fabric. I buy white Tyvek from Uline, 24" X 150' roll. 7.5 mil, Type 10 G.
Thank you and best of luck! ❤️
Written by Gert Weil on Jan. 11, 2021
When I first looked at your site about 1/2 you had a lovely complete"tutorial" for a simple Crankie with old thread spool feet. Now I can't find it anywhere. I thought it had your intro image of the crow...Would you post it again? I was looking forward to a reason I kept those old wooden spools. Thank you!
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Written by Barb pesavento on Jan. 10, 2021
Really enjoyed this website...
Made my first crankie with brown craft paper...beautiful but fragile...have been looking at tyvek but am confused between the tyvek and fabric tyvek..
Which do you recommend?
Thanks so much...
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Written by Sue Truman on Dec. 25, 2020
TO MARLA:
Your project sounds WONDERFUL! Crankies used to be used in chase scenes in the late 1800/early 1900s in horse race scenes using either marionettes or mechanical puppets in front of the scroll.
Unfortunately, I do not have a scroll like that. Are you on Facebook? There is a group “ crankies in the puppet world and beyond” with close to 2,000 members. I suggest putting your question out to that group. Also, it is a good place to learn about workshops and crankie performances.

If I think of anyone I will be in touch.

Written by MKJ on Dec. 24, 2020
Hello, I'd be interested in renting a crankie to do a night chase scene for between acts in a play, running across the top of the stage as scenes are changed. It would be a chase/escape sequence similar to villages chasing with pitchforks & torches, or riders & dogs chasing, etc. A vampire-frenzy story set in Habsburg era Transylvania. Backdrop similar to the attached picture. If someone has a similar one I'd be interested in renting it to use for the play or for an example to make my own that is similar. If there is a class or book on how to make crankies I'd be interested. If the class was taught anywhere in WA, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, BC, or Alberta. Play .night be ready for Halloween 2020 or it might be Halloween 2021.
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Written by Christopher Hunt on Nov. 13, 2020
Hi again Sue,
Thanks for your answers on the Tyvek you buy from Uline and Material Concepts. I look forward to hearing if you find out any more specifics.
Cheers!
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Written by Sue Truman on Nov. 11, 2020
TO JOSHUA ANDERRSON:

Thank you for sending the photo of your crankie. It’s gorgeous! What is the story you are telling?
Written by joshua anderrson on Nov. 11, 2020
im an artist from Australia
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Written by Sue Truman on Nov. 8, 2020
TO CHRISTOPHER HUNT:
I just looked at the Material Concepts website and I see what you mean, thanks for letting me know. Their website has changed, so many choices. I still have BLACK Tyvek on the roll but there is no identifying information on it. The roll is 36” X 50 feet. I will call them tomorrow and hopefully they have a record of what I have purchased. I will be back in touch!
Written by Sue Truman on Nov. 8, 2020
TO CRISTOPHER HUNT:
Chris, when I buy the white Tyvek from Uline . I get a 24" X 150' roll. 7.5 mil, Type 10 G. I call their toll free number and talk to a real human! I always order over the phone. Let me look at the Material Concepts website and I will answer that in the next post.
Written by Sue Truman on Nov. 8, 2020
TO CRISTOPHER HUNT:
Chris, when I buy the white Tyvek from Uline . I get a 24" X 150' roll. 7.5 mil, Type 10 G. I call their toll free number and talk to a real human! I always order over the phone. Let me look at the Material Concepts website and I will answer that in the next post.
Written by Christopher Hunt on Nov. 7, 2020
Hi Sue,
Thanks again for your fabulous resources here.
I'm wondering if you could share the type (or types) of Tyvek that you use - type, size, etc. I've gone to the Material Concepts website, and there seems to be a dizzying array of choices.
The Tyvek and Typar housewrap that I've seen online here in Canada both seem to have big product-name lettering and logos on them, which I don't think is what I'm after...
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Written by Sue Truman on Nov. 7, 2020
TO BOSCO JIM PETER:
Ahh, yes! Pickett’s Charge, a crankie masterpiece. Katherine Fahey did the artwork on that. Things I learned from watching was the artful way she transitions between scenes. Also the use of colored backlighting to add color to some of the scenes. The music gorgeous as well. I think I will watch it again today. Take good care!
Written by Sue Truman on Nov. 7, 2020
TO BOSCO JIM PETER:
Thank you for the ask to add you to my email list. I wish I had one! If if ever do decide to do thatI will add you to the list!