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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 Mike Hoyt on Sep. 6, 2016
Wonderful site Sue! as a visual artist that has been hanging out on the fringe of the puppetry world, it is great to see a broad collection of crankie examples. A decade ago I was inspired to make some crankies to archive travel to Korea. I apologize for the poor quality, but here is a link: Thanks for providing this great resource!
Written by Zachary Handler on Aug. 10, 2016
I sure will! Thank you so much!!
Written by Sue Truman on Aug. 3, 2016
Zachary Handler, Hello! and thank you for your message. Yes, I was at the Baltimore Crankie Fest in Jan. of 2016. It was pure magic. I was the lady cranking the tiny crankies in the attic of the doll house crankie! I still feel inspired by that visit to Baltimore. You are lucky to live there, tons of great crankie talent in that town.
Anna and Elizabeth coordinated the crankie fest and I would assume they will do the same for 2017. They are on tour right now in the UK. Visit their website and send them an email when they are back home. Good luck with your first crankie!
Written by Zachary Handler on Aug. 3, 2016
Hello Sue!

My name is Zachary Handler, I'm a visual artist and photographer here in Baltimore, MD. I've been mesmerized by the joy and magic of the Crankie since attending the Watermelon Park Festival a few years ago and seeing Anna & Elizabeth perform there on stage. I then had the absolute pleasure of attending the Crankie Fest earlier this year and was just blown away! SO my father and I are interested in submitting a collaborative Crankie we're working on together to be considered for this year's Crankie Fest 2017. How might we go about that process? It will be wonderful to see your reply soon> Thank you so much for your time and consideration!
Written by Sue Truman on Jun. 23, 2016
Robert Mouland - Thank you for posting the message. No worries! We will get this figured out! I looked at your website, you do a lot of cool things and crankies will be a great compliment to what you do. I have had a lot of crankie disasters in my time, I could write a book! I will send an email to you, but for the benefit of all, here are some things to consider:

PAPER TEARING - Yes, paper is fragile. Dejah Leger uses paper, glues images to it, then she covers the front with vertical strips of clear contact paper. That not only keeps it from tearing, but it keeps the glued images on.
Another option is using Tyvek. It won't tear and it has some body to it. It stands right up and behaves itself when it is being cranked. But it is more expensive.

SCROLL GETTING CAUGHT - Not sure if you were using one continuous piece of paper or if you were taping pieces together? If the latter, then tape the seam on both sides of the scroll so that when it goes past the tension rod, it doesn't catch.

SCROLL CREEPING UP OR DOWN - Yes, I still struggle with this. I have a round disk on the bottom of the spindles. This gives the scroll a place to rest. If I am cranking, I sit behind the box while someone is narrating, singing, etc. If I see the scroll traveling up, I can release the tension for a second and let the scroll "fall back down". If gravity starts doing it's job and pulling the scroll down I can reach in the box and give it a tug upwards (this happens with the scrolls made of fabric).

One last thing, make sure everything is totally straight and square: the end of the scroll, make sure it is taped straight on the spindle. If you are taping two pieces of paper together, make sure they are perfectly straight.

I have discovered all these things the hard way, maybe something will be useful to you. Thank you for posting the picture. It looks great!
Written by Robert Mouland on Jun. 22, 2016
Well I tried to do my first, and its premiere was a disaster! The paper kept catching on the inside, tore to pieces and almost caught on fire from the candles! (As was wisely said in a Bugs Bunny cartoon.. a spectacular finish but you can only do it once). Does anyone have any ideas on how to stop the scroll from creeping up and down the spools? I am out of ideas.. thanks!
Written by Sue Truman on May. 28, 2016
Diana Smith, Hello! I hope you will make a crankie. Regarding your question if paper comes with the crankie kit: yes, it does. Louis Leger sends some paper along with the kit. I can't remember off the top how many feet he sends. But I do know that the paper is 18" high which is an "easy-to-find" standard size, so that you could buy a roll at any art or craft store.
Written by Sue Truman on May. 28, 2016
Frantz, thank you so much for your message! My French is not very good, I am still learning! I hope that you will make a crankie. It is hard to say what comes first - a good song, or a good fiddle/accordion tune, or a good idea? I make a lot of the scrolls from fabric and felt so I work with really basic, primitive images. I have made a lot of crankies with animals in them, black cats, crows, sea life... those are easier to produce in fabric than people. A few the first crankies I made was "Black Cat Jig" and "A Murder of Crows" Those crankies are on You Tube. Regarding selecting fiddle/accordion tunes, I have used waltzes many times for some reason. Valse des Sucres and Valse Beaulieu are two examples of that. In fact, Valse Beaulieu was my first crankie. It was simply illustrating the four seasons and I put it to that waltz. I had no idea what I was doing, I just did it. I hope this helps and thanks again. Good luck and let us know how you are doing. You can also send an email to me.
Written by Diana Smith on May. 28, 2016
With the kit, do you get a roll of paper or does one have to buy that separately? Where would I get a roll or do I make it myself?
Written by Frantz on May. 1, 2016
Hi my English is too bad, so I'll write in French.
votre site est admirable. cela donne vraiment envie de se fabriquer un Crankie. Fiddle ? what kind of music do you play ? I play fiddle too, Occitan folk music. do you know ?
Written by Sue Truman on Mar. 16, 2016
Ina, Hello! I am glad you are enjoying the website! I order rolls of Tyvek from Good luck and stay in touch if you want and let us know how you are doing. Sue Truman
Written by Ina oppliger on Mar. 16, 2016
Sue, i love your art and this site. Would you mind revealing where you get the tyvek? I would like to try it!
Written by Sue Truman on Jan. 12, 2016
Andrew Benincasa, It was a great pleasure to meet you at the Baltimore Crankie Festival. OMG, you are one of the most talented paper cut artists! I will put your latest creation on the home page. It is a masterpiece. If you ever film any of your crankies, please send to me. Keep in touch. Your fan. Sue Truman
Written by Sue Truman on Jan. 12, 2016
Jody Best, Hello! Yes, I would be happy to spread the word about your crankie fest that is happening the weekend of Feb. 26th, 2016. I just got back from the Baltimore Crankie Fest and had the great pleasure of meeting Ellen Gozion. Her performance got me all teary eyed. Hope you have a great turnout!
Written by Andrew Benincasa on Jan. 10, 2016
Hi, Sue, it was so nice to meet you in Baltimore this weekend! Thank you for the lovely mini-crankie.

I'm attaching a link to the page on my website that has my crankie images; check them out:

All the best,