|Skin||1 sheet of Washi or similar 62cm by 46cm|
|Frame - bamboo||1 off 2mm by 4mm 66cm long (top spar)|
1 off 2mm by 5mm 47cm long (spine)
2 off 2mm by 3mm 56cm long (diagonal spars)
|Bridles - Linen, cotton||1.5 metre long for bridle|
80 cm long for bridle
1 metre long for bow line
One steel washer
|Glue||PVA (white glue) Aquadere or similar|
|Paint and Indian ink for outline Water based dyes or food colouring etc for pastels and shading.|
|1. Drawing the outline|
Fold the washi in half so the smooth side is in. If using a substitute material the smooth side will be the side that you later paint.
Draw the lines as shown for the kite outline on one half of the kite.
Draw a 5 cm margin (hem allowance) at the top.
By using a bamboo skewer (satay stick) or a pin etc make a small hole at points A, B, C and D. This will ensure that your kite is symmetrical.
Unfold the paper and draw connecting lines to points B´, C´, D´.|
Draw the margin (hem allowance) of 5cm at the top.
Bend a piece of bamboo to a quarter circle curve and use it to mark the curved line at B.
Cut out the kite around the outline. Fold the kite in half again to cut the curve on the lower half of the kite ³wings². Save the off cuts to cut into 1 cm strips for the tails.
Place the washi smooth side down and fold/crease along the top hem line.
Now Paint your kite|
Make a small hole with the skewer or pin etc at points E and E´ just below the join of the diagonal and horizontal spars. Feed from the front of the kite the ends of the 1.5 metre bridle line through each hole. Loop the end back through the hole several times to ensure the bridle line is lashed around both spars. Then knot the line. Mark a point 11cm up from the bottom of the kite on the centre vertical spar, W on the diagram. Make a small hole either side of the vertical spar. Feed from the front of the kite one end of the 80cm bridle line through this hole. Loop the end back through the hole several times to ensure the bridle line is lashed around the spar. Once again knot the line. Mark a point 13 cms from the top of the kite skin and in the centre of the kite. Take the steel washer and feed the bridle loop from E and E´ and the line from W through it. Then slide the washer along the lines until it comes to rest over the mark you have just made. Hold this spot and at the same time tie the end of the line with an overhand knot. This will give a bridle with the top legs being shorter than the bottom.
Tie the 1 metre line across the back of the kite from one end of a spar to its opposite side ensuring little or no slack.