Step by Step Videos Teach You How to Make Your Own Custom Marionette Puppet at Home.
World-class marionettist and multi-media “artsmith”, Ricky Syers, conducts “live” marionette master classes for students around the world. Now he brings his unique art of marionette making right into your home with his new “virtual” marionette master class.
Learn exactly how to build a marionette from scratch following step by step video tutorials. Have fun as you follow along and learn Ricky’s unique sources and methods for creating a real, custom, DIY marionette puppet with Gravity Fluid Articulation™ using a combination of new and repurposed materials.
All of your video lessons will be available in a private member’s area where you will be able to view them and review them anytime you like. Go back and follow the steps again and again to create multiple puppets.
Coming up With Your Concept
Brainstorm ideas as you look at some of Ricky’s past creations. Remember, you will be making a human marionette, or at least humanoid.
The Tools & Materials You’ll Need
Ricky will show you all of the tools and materials that you will need to make a marionette. You’ll have a written checklist that you can print out. You’ll find that some of the items on the list are things you can find around the house or in the garage that can be “repurposed”. Other items can be easily sourced online or at your local craft or hardware store.
How to Cut and Join the Body Parts
Learn Ricky’s own special style of marionette construction. Learn how to cut and join all of the pieces so that they allow for smooth gravity fluid articulation™.
How to Sculpt the Head, Hands, and Feet
Learn how to sculpt the head, hands, and feet of your marionette. Although this will be mostly a wooden marionette, the head, hands, and feet will be sculpted from Fimo clay. Under Ricky’s direction, even complete beginners have had great success making lifelike characters and creations. Learn Ricky’s tips for painting everything, making eyebrows, and attaching hair. Once the head, hands, and feet, are ready, you’ll see step by step how to attach them to the rest of the body.
How to Make & Sew the Outfit
Learn how to make and sew the outfit or marionette costume and attach the hair. These details will really add to the character of your marionette. Create outfits from repurposed and sometimes meaningful clothing and personal items when possible to add that little touch. You are creating an heirloom piece of art after all.
How to Build the Control plus Stringing & Tuning Your Marionette
First, learn how to build the marionette controller. Then learn how to string a marionette, more importantly, how to string your marionette. Each marionette is unique and the strings must be tuned accordingly for proper movement of the puppet. Learn how to string and tune your marionette so it springs to life in your hands.
Basic Marionette Manipulation
Learn some basic marionette manipulation techniques as Ricky shows you how to breathe a little life into your new creation.
Private Facebook Group
Ask Ricky questions and get feedback on your build. Share your progress with Ricky and the other students and inspire one another. This will be a private, students only group.
Testimonials From Former Students of Ricky's Marionette Master Class
By the end of the course, you will have all of the knowledge you need to start building and making custom marionettes at home.
The puppets you create will become cherished possesions by you or anyone you give them to. They make for some of the most thoughtful gifts you could ever give to your friends and loved ones.
You might enjoy it so much that it becomes your favorite new hobby, heck, who knows, maybe you’ll start a new business making marionettes on the side. Ricky just hopes that you love making marionettes even a fraction as much as he does and that it will enrich your life as much as it has his.
Step By Step Video Modules
A checklist of the supplies you will need
Coming up with your concept
Building & joining the body, arms & legs
How to sculpt your puppet's head, hands, & feet
Making the outfit for your marionette
Building the control, stringing & tuning your marionette
BONUS: Basic marionette manipulation techniques
BONUS: Private Students Only Facebook Group
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