Designing art butterfly kite

by Karen Eskesen
(Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA)

Q:

Hi Tim. Am designing a butterfly-type kite for an exhibition in an art museum - Cornell Museum, Delray Beach Florida. It will only be a watercolor of a design, but I am having trouble finding out a few technical details...

Have found a framework of the two bamboo C's tied together, but that is on the back. Can't figure out where the string goes. It has to be on the front, but do I 'cut' a hole in the paper, or what? Hoping you can help me, and thanking you in advance.

A:

In general, a short piece of line is attached at 2 points - near the 'head' and the 'tail' of the butterfly. This the 'bridle loop', to which is attached the flying line.

With your double-C frame, is looks like the head and tail are where the curved pieces of bamboo intersect (cross over).

And yes, you would need to carefully poke a small hole through the paper near the head and tail areas to attach the bridle loop to the frame.

Then, for a flying kite, the flying line would be tied to the bridle loop, somewhat closer to the head than the tail. A sliding knot lets you adjust for best flight - but in your case the butterfly kite is a non-flying work of art so this detail is a bit irrelevant!

Perhaps just tie a small Loop knot into the bridle line at the appropriate spot, to represent where the flying line goes.

Hope this helps...

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