How to Make a Wayang
The cleaned skins have to be very dry. It will take the 2 or 3 days, depending on weather conditions. Dried skin is usually quite far away from home for prevent stench. After the skin is quite dry, erasing work will be done with the knife shape.
Once cleaned of clean wool, the skin should washed and dried for the second time. Meanwhile, the dried skin is dry, carpenters will originate the sketch of sculptures of puppet which is going to make.
Usually puppet characters’ sketches are created on the thin, white paper. Even the puppet characters are based on character-ancient Malay shadow play, finesse and creativity is necessary for the disposition make the shadowgraph smooth and interesting. Patterns and motifs’ grouping are developed with the need to arrange the consistency of the puppets character. Usually character shadowgraph Malay measuring approximately 71 cm length and breadth does not exceed 30 cm. Sketch on paper that has been provided so that can be used to cut the profile. Wind puppet attach the sketch next to the skin with some easy-to-go glue. They usually use starch or poster that will be dissolved in water. The sketch the are attached and the skin will be chiseled just like the sketch. Once the sculpturing-works finished, the white paper that is still attached on the skin will washed. Some of them use the manipulator fine copper and water to scrub and clean the paper attached to the skin.