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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 Sara on Mar. 5, 2019
Hello! We are a chilean company of tales. We discovered crankie box and we fall in love, so we started to experiment and made our first crankie, we love your work, and we want to know if you can give as some tips, like the type of paper that you use. It will be very usefull for us, here in Chile this technique is not widely know, so in a future we want to organize a festival to invite others artist that made cranki's. Thank you very much hope for your answer. Greetings from Chile
Written by Sue Truman on Feb. 28, 2019
To Sarah Post: sounds great! You are laminating the scroll? Wonderful idea! If you don’t mind, please let us know how that worked. I aM sure others would be curious to know. (And me too!)

In terms of tape, here are my preferences although any of these will do: 1: blue painter’s tape, 2. Masking tape, 3. Scotch tape.

Best of luck. Send a picture!
Written by Sarah Post on Feb. 28, 2019
hi, We're making a simple crankie as a family project for a reading fair at my daughter's school. We love your website and find it helpful. We're using 18" craft paper from her easel and I'm planning on having the scroll laminated so it won't rip. Also, she has a couple parts that will use elmer's glue.

My questions is: What/how do I attach the scroll to the dowel rods? I assume with some tape? What kind of tape is best?
Written by Sue Truman on Feb. 24, 2019
To Kat: Use the clear contact paper if you want to reinforce a paper scroll. That way if you backlight the scroll, the contact paper will not block the light.

I would apply 3 or 4 inch strips to the front after you have illustrated it of course😀. The reason I would not put the strips of contact paper on the back is because most crankie boxes have “leader dowel rods” in the front of the box. The leader dowels keep the scroll close to the window/opening. If you put the strips of contact paper on the back, then there is friction on the contact paper and the possibility of a piece of contact paper snagging on the leader dowel.

Written by Kat on Feb. 24, 2019
Thank you, Sue, that is very helpful! Another question, if you don't mind: when people use contact paper to reinforce the scroll, what kind of contact paper is commonly used? Do they apply it to the front or the back (or does it matter)?
Written by Sue Truman on Feb. 22, 2019
To Kat: About you question re: how many feet per minute: I remembered that my Black Cat Jig crankie is around 30 feet long and takes about 3 minutes to crank. There is no pausing during the cranking. So, that would be around 10 feet per minute.
Written by Sue Truman on Feb. 20, 2019
To Kat: Hello! That is a difficult question. The scrolls I have made are at least 30 feet in length with the longest one being 50 feet. The crankies I have made are between 3 minutes to ten minutes in length. Hope that gives you some idea.
Written by Kat on Feb. 20, 2019
Hi Sue (and also David Duhon)!

I am embarking on my first crankie endeavor. Would love to ask a couple of questions:

1) Roughly how many feet of crankie do you expect to crank in a minute? I know this is hard to answer because the story may pause at certain points, or crank faster at others, but if you were going to imagine how long it would take to crank, say, a 60 ft scroll or a 30 ft scroll, how much time would you budget?

2) David, I am also looking into printing on Tyvek. Would you be willing to be penpals as we troubleshoot issues? Hopefully we could help save each other some headaches!
Written by Sue Truman on Feb. 20, 2019
To David Duhon: Yes, Uline has very good customer service and you can talk with a helpful human! Not be channeled through a phone tree.

Stay in touch and let me know what you find out about different types of Tyvek and printing on it.

Also, I don't know if you are on FaceBook but there is a group called "Crankies in the Puppet World and Beyond" with over 500 crankie artists from all over the world. You could join that group and post a question. Sometimes questions generate a ton of information. I have learned a lot from the group! :-)

Thank you much!
Written by Sue Truman on Feb. 20, 2019
To Sigurd Andersen: Than you for that feedback. Yes, I know what you mean, if the brightness on my computer is turned down low, it is a bit hard to read. If I have the brightness turned up, then it's easier. I will experiment with some different colors. Cheers!
Written by David Duhon on Feb. 19, 2019
Sue, thanks for suggesting Uline for tyvek--they have an excellent price. and..theirs is described as for wrapping things, while others have special paper for printers-which may have to do with ability to feed and drying time, but perhaps ability to accept different inks as well. So we asked for a sample that was promptly sent, and we will test it for many inks, etc and report back. some tyvek has a special coat on one side for printing. Anyone else have experiences on this? thx
Written by Sigurd Andersen on Feb. 19, 2019
Like your site, but find the dark text on dark green background hard to read. The white text is much easier on my eyes. Maybe a light but not full white for the body text?
Found your site from link on Sarah Gowan's page about building a crankie.
Written by Sue Truman on Feb. 17, 2019
To David Duhon, Hello! When I purchase white Tyvek from Uline, I order the 24” X 150’ roll. It is 7.5 mil and Type 10 G. (I just called them to check). Sometimes my husband will take a bandsaw to the roll and cut the whole roll to 18” or, sometimes I take a ruler and scissors and I cut it myself. Hope that is helpful, good luck!

I have not tried to print on it (as in taking it to a printer). I have used rubber stamps with ink and it takes ink well when doing rubber stamping.
Written by David Duhon on Feb. 17, 2019
I thought I remembered a tyvek link here but could not find it--a place that would cut to width. I also see that there are different types for printing, like specific for laserjet, etc. So, what kind for ink, and where can I get it at 18" widths or cut to that. thx
Written by Sue Truman on Feb. 8, 2019
To Ket Conway: OK, great! I will add to the home page. Cheers and good luck with you next crankies!