Posted by: jockmackenzie | April 8, 2010

Kites #2 (Making a sled kite)


– see how to make the kite then watch it fly in the video clip at the end of this entry

1. Use legal size paper. Measure in 2 3/4 inches from the upper left corner. Put a mark right at the upper edge of the paper, then 5/8 inch to the right, then 5/8 inch more to the right. Repeat this procedure at each corner. Join the vertical lines.

2. Measure down 2 3/4 inches from the upper left corner. Put a mark right at the edge, then another mark 5/8 inch down. Draw a diagaonal line joining the two lines in the upper left corner. Draw a second diagonal line joining the lower mark at the bottom of the page that is closest to the left edge. Repeat these marks on the right hand side of the page.

*** Note: There is a top and a bottom . . . and this will come into play when adding the tails. The picture above shows the correct position.

Cut of the corners on both sides of the paper.

Carefully fold the dotted lines (to ensure balance and stability), then crease all folds using your thumbnail or the end of a ruler. Sharp creases are critical to success.

For each side of the kite use two valley folds and one mountain fold (terms I learned from an origami book but I’m sure you can figure out what to do) so the kite looks as shown above. You have just added the stabilizers!

Gently flatten the kite and apply a strip of clear tape along both seams.

Reinforce the upper edges of the kite (both arms and across the middle) by laying tape as shown. Fold tape over.

Fold both wings together, ensure an exact fit, punch a hole through both edges.

Use a piece of kite string 3 times the width of the kite (42″ in this case). Tie each end to one of the holes. A reef knot works well.

Fold the kite as you did to punch the holes, pull the string taut, tie a loop. The loop allows the flier to use the fish line connector to switch kites from the main kite string. See next pic.

Once attached to the main kite string, you are ready to fly. Depending on the wind, tails may be required. I have used crepe paper, strips cut from garbage bags, strips cut and taped together from the same kind of paper used to make the kite (but colored), or as shown below, ribbon. Start long and cut as necessary. For stability, cutting one tail at a time is suggested. (If you watched the video clip from Kites #1 you will have seen multiple tails. Experiment, have fun, see what works.)

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