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Any tin kettle rusty or new will do. First cut the bottom out with one of those patent can openers. Looking up through bottom of kettle as Fig. 1. you have to fit two strips of wood (the y x y stripwood) one above the other, the bottom one y up from kettle base and top one 2" up. These keep the ketile in shape and also take 4 of the larger screw eyes, two to carry the arms and two to carry the legs. Fit the strips in kettle tightly as fig. 2, and pierce a hole with a bradawl through the sides of kettle into the ends of stripwood. Screw in the four larger screw eyes ready to fix on arms and legs. Jam the lid in tightly with a piece of paper, this keeps (id from jumping out when operating the kettle, and allows you to add a weight if necessary to assist in operation, but more about that later on.

Paint the inside and stripwood with either camera black or stove black. Give the outside handle, spout, lid and kettle body, a coat of underpaint preferably lead undercoat) and when dry a coat of any colour Japlac or lacquer paint (I use buttercup colour). When this is dry stand kettle facing you as Fig. 3 and paint mouth below spout with red Japlac and eyes above spout on curve of kettle with black Japlac, and additional lines of red or blue as you fancy.

Cartons, tins, packets, etc. may be used on the same basis, but put top screw eyes (arm holders) higher up, and paint face direct on to carton without any base paint. If making a newspaper puppet, use a square of plywood as the base, and fold the paper round it. Glue at the back, with screw eyes screwed into side edges. The face should be painted on front with Indian Ink.

Hands are cut from a postcard or better still thin coloured plastic sheet, and can be any shape you please. These puppets being 'freaks', it is not neccessary to keep to correct shapes in hands or feet. An oblong of postcard or plastic about 2" x 1" can be cut as Fig. 4 to form a hand. Repeat for o her hand. Feet can be the same shape cut from block of wood y thick or from plywood. Leave hands same co'our as material used, and paint feet black. Fixing of hands and feet will be explained later.

The cutting jig is now most essential The baseboard to make this 6" x 3" x y and is shown at Fig 5. Along the edge A.A. on the underneath, screw a length of stripwood to form a stop, so that jig can be placed on front edge of work bench to use like a sawing block. From the edge B.B., fix a 6" length of strip on top of baseboard, with screw at either end. Then y further forward, put another length of 6" strip, so that a long groove is made running across the baseboard. At the right hand end of groove screw in a f" block to act as a stop. Mark cutting slots on groove strips—as C. D E. and securely screw down the pieces between these marks with thin screws. Then cut down on the marks with a tenon saw to make these cutting slots.

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