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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 Aug. 2, 2020
Hi Mindy! How nice of you to think of me with you extra fabric. I will send an email. Thank you!
Written by Mindy dwyer on Aug. 2, 2020
Hi Sue, I have a grab bag of fabric scraps if you’d like them?
Written by Charlotte on Jul. 13, 2020
Thanks for the matchbox crankie kit, I'm having so much fun!
Written by Andrew on Jul. 12, 2020
Love this site!

Do you know – is the Tyvek that people use also called "soft structure". Suppliers where I am located say there's a hard structure and a soft structure.
Written by Deborah on Jul. 10, 2020
How can I find out if anybody has a Crankie for sale that takes 18"W paper? I think I'll put out a request on your FB page too.
Written by Eugenio Navarro on Jul. 2, 2020
Hello Sue, today we premiere a Crankie show in our pupet theatre in Barcelona. It was to be premiered 5 days after our virus shut-down. It is an adaptation of "The Ugly Duckling", with puppets and a 12 meter moving panorama, all performed by an actress/puppeteer and with a specially composed music score. I started making the Crankie last October, your website has been very useful and inspiring. Thanks!
Written by Misha Nathani on Jun. 28, 2020

And the front
Written by Misha Nathani on Jun. 28, 2020

Sorry - photos here
Written by Misha Nathani on Jun. 28, 2020
Here is what the completed box looks like. All bits of scrap in the house or garage!
The box is a fruit box from Woolworths, base size A2 - 16.5 inches x 23.4 inches, depth 6 inches. Main spindles are empty kitchen wrap tubes, and spindles are locked in with short lengths of bent clothes-hanger wire.

I cut an A3 size hole in the box, but that’s too big, so the toy-theatre screen (copied from online and blown up) has an opening of 8 inches by 12 inches (small perhaps, but I’ll practise on this). And yes, the tension rods are now glued in!
Written by Sue Truman on Jun. 26, 2020
Hello Misha! Thank you for the compliment on the website, I appreciate it!

With the tension rods, with a wooden box that is not going to be disassembled, usually to rods are glued in.

I have several wooden travel boxes that come apart and for those, I don’t glue them in. However, I have found that when the scroll is cranked, it rubs against the tension rod which starts the rods rotating and sometimes they pop out and that stops the cranking!

So for your cardboard crankie, if you are not going to take it apart, I would glue them to the box.

Thank you and good luck’
Written by Misha Nathani on Jun. 26, 2020

Thank you for your enormously instructive and encyclopaedic Crankie Factorysite.
I’m an old fart down under in Melbourne, and am making a cardboard crankie. One question: do the tensioning rods have to be fixed and stationary, or can they be loose, and thus maybe rotate?

Stay well in these weird times.
Thank you again.

misha nathani
Written by Sue Truman on Jun. 24, 2020
To Jill: Here is an image from Julie Vallimont’s Bein’ Green Crankie.
Written by Sue Truman on Jun. 24, 2020
Hi Jill! I did send a message to Julie Vallimont who crated the Bein’ Green Crankie that is on YouTube. And she did what I described below. You could paper-cut images into black Tyvek or black craft paper then glue to a white scroll and color in if desired. Good luck!! Send a picture if you try it!
Written by Sue Truman on Jun. 24, 2020
Hi Jill! I did try to make a scroll with an all black background. I used a sheet of black Tyvek and an exacto knife to cut images into it. Then I glued it to a sheet of white Tyvek. I think it would have worked but I didn’t have enough paper-cutting skills to be happy with it so I didn’t go any farther with it. I will check with a few artists and if I get more ideas, I will post here. Thank you!
Written by Jill on Jun. 23, 2020
I'm inspired to make a crankie and have been looking at several examples. I'm wondering how people make a mostly black background with images in color. I can't imagine trying to color in all that black so I wonder if there is a material or technique used. Perhaps the images are blocked off with a removable tape and then the paper is painted black?