Hand craft suggestion

The next 12 steps will illustrate how you can easily create a marionette with real swimming movements.

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Hand craft suggestion

The next 12 steps will illustrate how you can easily create a marionette with real swimming movements.

This is how you do it:

  1. Cut the swimmers pieces out of the cardboard using the given pattern.
  2. Glue the lower body parts together.
  3. Glue the 8 discs together in pairs (this results in 4 discs).
  4. Glue these into the inside of the marked joint areas for arms =A and legs =B.
  5. Paint the swimmer in desired colours.
  6. Puncture the marked areas with a darning needle.
  7. Form an eyelet out of the wire with the help of a knitting needle.
  8. Puncture the joint areas A and B shown on the pattern and also form an eyelet on the reverse side of the figure.

This is how you do it:

  1. Cut three pieces of sewing thread to approx. 85 cm length and secure them to the swimmer as shown on the example (use sticking tape to secure the arms and legs to the inner side).
  2. For the mounting piece secure the firm cardboard strips to a stick using a rubber band for each side as shown in the example
  3. Hang the threads for the arms and legs above the cardboard in the slits (as in example).
     
  4. Use the middle thread to balance the swimmer and tighten to the wood.

By turning the wood back and forth, the swimmer starts to move!