Materials for the Crankie Scroll

What materials do I need to make 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. dejahleger.com
Fabric sewn to muslin. This is Anna and Elizabeth (Anna Roberts-Gavelt and Elizabeth LaPrelle) with their Lord Bateman crankie. annaandelizabeth.com
Black Tyvek cut images glued to white Tyvek background. This is the Elizabeth Whitmore crankie made by Katherine Fahey. katherinefahey.com
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. pendletonanderson.com
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. ellengozion.com
Pen and ink on paper. This was made by Naomi Harvey of Glasgow, UK. The crankie is called Glenlogie, one of the Child ballads. Naomiharveymusic.com. 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!! thetallboys.com
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.

Gluing Images to the Scroll

Check out the website thistothat.com 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: thistothat.com.