- OK, THIS time I got it to work, mostly. Photo is posted in
1/16" x 3" x 24" sheet of balsa wood
Draft paper to work out the template on.
Fan papers, one heavy, one light
Needle, awl, or other sharp object.
To make the fan bones, I marked the balsa with a pencil to be cut
into strips 3/16" wide x 12" long. Using the steel ruler as a guide,
I then scored the balsa firmly with the Exacto knife. Each piece
snapped apart very neatly.
Measure and mark where you want to pierce the sticks for pivot holes.
About an inch from the end is good. I gently pierced each stick with
the end of a compass. I had one stick split, however, the paper is
going to hold the stick in place as well as the pivot, so I marked it
so it would be in the center of the fan between sticks that were
solid. I was originally going to fasten the pivot end of the fan with
embroidery silk knotted at each end, but it's amazing what I toss in
the junk drawer. I had a bit of steel wrapped nylon guitar string
that was stiff enough to guide through the holes without any other
tools. I used a pair of needle nose pliers to help tighten the knots.
I suspect any sort of wire, or nylon filament would work as well.
After the sticks were fastened together, I used an emery board to
smooth any rough edges and round the bottom of the fan sticks.
(Prototype two had a light coat of black acrylic paint applied before
After some trial and error I discovered the easiest way to make an
accurate paper template for the fan is to lay a sheet of draft paper
out on your table or counter, then lay the assembled fan bones on top
of it. Prototype two is a seven bone fan and decided I wanted it to
open to an arc of about 70 degrees or so. Set the bones on the ends
at the approximate angle you want, then, measuring with a ruler or
compass, separate the bones until the distance between each is the
same. Tape them into position with a strip of masking tape between
the pivot joint and just below where the fan paper is going to go. I
actually taped mine down to the countertop for the duration. Mark the
upper and lower edges of the curves you want your fan paper to follow
and mark the sides, leaving margins so you can trim the paper once
the fan is assembled. Slide the draft sheet out from under the bones
and trim along the marked edges, then you can use it to cut out the
fan paper and lining paper. My prototypes used a combination of
stamped and brushed gold paint on colored art papers, with sumi-e
paper for the lining.
Apply glue to the fan bones lightly. You don't want it to run
through your paper. Apply your fan paper and weight it with a book.
This will keep the paper from curling. Once it is dry, gently untape
your fan bones from the work space, turn the whole thing over and
apply glue to the fan bones and the edges of the back of the fan
paper, again lightly, then apply the lining paper and weight with a
book if needed.
Once all your glue is dry, the easiest way to fold this is to work
from one end, lining the bones up as you go. Go slowly you can
always go back and pinch your creases more sharply once you're
certain everything lines up correctly. Trim your fan papers as needed.
Things I need to improve: the paper is actually a little too heavy
for the balsa. Lighter paper will fold and unfold more easily - this
one folds, but must be folded and unfolded with care. Yes, guys, and a
sturdier wood may be called for. ;->
But it works, mostly.
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, ekoogler1@c... wrote:
> Thank you so much for the directions as to how this can be done. Inmy copious spare time, I will take crack at doing this.
>You're most welcome, Kiri-hime. Obviously I haven't perfected it yet
and hope to experiment with better materials as time permits. If you
come up with anything that works better, let me know. ;->