Materials for the Crankie Scroll

Material Options for the Scroll

The possibilities are endless.  Here are some examples to consider. You can watch almost all of these crankies at the "On-line Crankie Fest" page of this website here.

Dejah Leger makes the scroll from 18" white easel/craft paper. She cuts the black images from construction paper and glues them with an adhesive spray. After the images are glued on, she covers the scroll with vertical strips of clear contact paper. This prevents the images from popping off later and also prevents the scroll from ripping when loading it into the crankie box and while cranking it.
From Leverett, MA, Cynthia Kimmel Thomas used vellum for the scroll.
Fabric sewn to muslin. This is Anna and Elizabeth (Anna Roberts-Gavelt and Elizabeth LaPrelle) with their Lord Bateman crankie.
Black Tyvek cut images glued to white Tyvek background. This is the Elizabeth Whitmore crankie made by Katherine Fahey.

A Note About Tyvek

Katherine Fahey was the first artist to use Tyvek for the crankie scroll (in 2010).  Now artists all over the world are using it for crankies. We have Katherine to thank!

One of the most common questions I receive is where to get Tyvek and what kind. I buy white Tyvek from Uline, 24" X 150' roll. 7.5 mil, Type 10 G.  I also buy black Tyvek from Material Concepts. Both vendors provide great service and a quality product.

Panorama of Washington State. Watercolors painted on a roll of watercolor paper by Greg Johnson of Seattle. The light shines through the watercolor paper really well.
Markers and watercolors on tracing paper by Penny Anderson.
Black construction paper on culinary parchment paper. Caravan Crankie Lullaby by Pamela Wyn Shannon.
Paper mosiac glued to rice paper. This is the Pretty Fair Miss crankie by Ellen Gozion.
Pen and ink on paper. This was made by Naomi Harvey of Glasgow, UK. The crankie is called Glenlogie, one of the Child ballads. You can watch a video of this on the On-line Crankie Fest page of this website.
Sharpie drawn on white Tyvek by Charmain Slaven of Seattle. Where are the cranks on the box? It is a foot powered crankie box. Charmain adapted the crank from a hand drill so that she can play guitar, sing and crank at the same time! Whoa!!
Eco-fi felt, lace and burlap stitched to Eco-fi felt by me, Sue Truman. The Eco-fit felt is made from 100% recycled plastic bags. It is inexpensive and available at most fabric stores. Because it is essentially plastic, the light shines through it nicely.
Angela DeCarlis used an old player piano roll for the scroll. Those are typically 11" wide. You can see the light shining through the tiny holes.

Gluing Images to the Scroll

Check out the website to learn about different glues.

I receive a lot of questions about the type of glue to use to attach images to the scroll. You want a glue that is flexible when it dries so that it won't crank when the scroll rolls up and unrolls.  To glue black Tyvek images to white Tyvek, I have used plain old Elmer's glue or Aqua glue.

I put this question out on the Facebook page Crankies in the Puppet World and Beyond and Felicia Cooper gave me this great resource:

This page was created in 2013, updated 2019. Sue Truman❤