~ marionette 2b: princess aina maninonet ~

07 April 2011

actually, the marionette was done about a week ago. but it took us forever to edit the movie, which you can see at the bottom of the post.

anyways, where did i leave off? ah… unassembled.

so, basically, we sewed the arm onto the shoulder socket and connected the palm. the rest is assembled by the screws. we used mostly binder screws because they allow smoother movements. and viola… the little girl looks like a naked pinocchio.

partly assembled

pardon the weird beady eyes… aina took a pen and drew them when we weren’t watching. she said that the marionette should be able to see.

after that, ari painted the puppet, covering the weird beady eyes…

painting the face and the bodysuit
painting the face and the bodysuit
painting the face and the bodysuit

she looks much prettier with painted eyes and lips… we’re thinking, to make it look a little bit like aina: brown eyes and pink lips. although, aina wanted red lips.

assembled and painted... still bald
assembled and painted... still bald

when all the painting was done, ari applied diluted wood glue (mixed with water) to seal the wood.

while she was being painted, i sewed the clothes. upon aina’s request, the marionette needs to wear a flowery skirt, an apron, and a pale pink coat. we couldn’t find the pale pink fabric that we liked, so we ended up with this bright pink one… which i like better.

sewing the tulle
first, sew the tulle to make the skirt ballooned.

putting together the skirt
putting together the skirt
adding the apron
sewing the apron onto the skirt.

during the coat-making, ari glued the long brown hair, made out of thick knitting yarn, onto the head.

glueing the hair

since the back of the head was rather flat (we didn’t have enough material to make a rounded head), we had to glue 4 layers of yarn to make it a little rounder. it took us 3 days to do the hair, because we had to wait for each layer to dry.

aina loves her princess marionette :)

assembled, clothed, sans-string
assembled, clothed, sans-string
braided hair
legs and shoes
aina loves the maninonet princess :)

after a day or two with no strings (aina took it everywhere), we bought the small nails and put the strings on.

finally, stringed
picking up leaf
learning the walk

and this is the short video of our first attempt to play the Princess Aina Maninonet…
it’s soooo hard! you can see that we need lots of practice…

next plan: to make the string shorter so that aina can play the princess too… by the way, i know she doesn’t look like a princess, but that’s what aina has been calling her, so we go with “princess” as her name.

ps: more photos? of course! they are in the Aina Princess Maninonet photo album :)

~ comment (21) ~

OK, my parents were pretty amazing but right now, I want to be four years old and have you as parents! : )

Yasmina | 8 April 2011 - 03:46 | reply

hahaha, thank you!!! that’s super flattering :D

this marionette thing is addicting. so, hopefully, when we’re getting better (and faster) at making puppets, we can make you one :)

thalia | 8 April 2011 - 04:08 | reply

aaww…. super cool!!!! aku suka dan mau juga!!

chili | 8 April 2011 - 04:39 | reply

yay! tapi yang ini ga enak dibawa tidur, ga empuk2 kayak boneka2nya chili… keras dan banyak talinya.

thalia | 8 April 2011 - 11:37 | reply

hahahaha,love d video!esp when princess burried her face into koda’s tummy!hahaha

jessi | 8 April 2011 - 07:07 | reply

hihihi, and koda remained ‘pongo tampangnya’ … :P

thalia | 8 April 2011 - 11:38 | reply

the princes and Aina rather look alike. interesting project for the whole family.

mimi | 8 April 2011 - 08:19 | reply

yeah, i think ari modeled the marionette based on aina :)

thalia | 8 April 2011 - 11:39 | reply

Can I order one ? The prince ? :D the princess is so cute!
Family of creative people ! Can I be your other daughet ? :D

Susan | 8 April 2011 - 12:25 | reply

sure, but we still kinda suck at making puppets, tho :P it took us almost 3 months to finish a small puppet such this…

thalia | 9 April 2011 - 12:57 | reply

i saw the video tadi pagi (ga bisa buka disini , you know why ehem) .. my goodness! lucuuu bangeeettt..

the princess mininonet is sooo pretty.. mirip kayak aina hehhe..

such a cool family project!!! keren banget.

sLesTa | 8 April 2011 - 01:49 | reply

mirip aina ya? haha, sukses dong… aina sih pengennya mirip ama yang puppet di Sound of Music, tapi konsepnya kita tolak… hahaha.

thalia | 9 April 2011 - 12:58 | reply

Koda sangat kooperatif ya….
hebat deh Thalia n Ari, Aina beruntung banget punya ortu spt kalian :-)

Nathalia | 8 April 2011 - 05:48 | reply

koda emang nurut abis… well, lebih kearah pasrah sih sebenernya, hihihi.

thalia | 9 April 2011 - 12:59 | reply

cantiknyaaaaaa… i loooovveeee… akhirnya jadi juga ya Thal… :)))
nggak terima orderan ya Thal… (minta digaplok) hihihihi!

cynthia | 11 April 2011 - 10:50 | reply

gue baru liat videonya… asli gue ngakak… liat Koda… pasrah aja gituuu? hihihihihi!

cynthia | 11 April 2011 - 10:53 | reply

eh, beneran nih, emang pengennya bisa terima orderan… tapi kayaknya skillnya masih jauh ya, hu hu hu.

btw, koda itu kan sebenernya emang tidak punya will milik sendiri. kecuali untuk pupi dan pipis. itu juga kadang2 mesti disuruh.

thalia | 12 April 2011 - 03:28 | reply

keren dan lucuuuu, keluarga cerdas deh!!! :) hihihi

chika | 11 April 2011 - 11:50 | reply

hahaha, kok cerdas sih? LOL…

thalia | 12 April 2011 - 03:29 | reply

Duh seperti biasa keren2 banget deh karyanya… Si Maninonet ini juga top abis. Harus pink ya hihi…

Ga bisa liat videonya dari sini, ntar harus buka lagi malem2.

otty | 12 April 2011 - 02:50 | reply

HARUS pink!!! hihihi. tadinya gue mo bikin warnanya ijo, ditolak mentah2 ama “client”-nya, ty… hihihi.

thalia | 13 April 2011 - 02:15 | reply