For this Diamond, you need four 30cm (12") bamboo BBQ skewers. Also, you need to cut off 4 short 0.15SL (4.4cm, 1 3/4") lengths of skewer. The photos show how these are all glued together.
One pair of skewers has the pointed ends raised up off the table, forming the horizontal spar.
The other pair are just lined up straight, flat against the table top, with a point at each end. This is the vertical spar. To make sure there is no kink at the join, get your head down low and look along the skewers. Shift one a little, if necessary, before the glue dries!
All the construction details for the bridle are contained in the large photo below. Look and read carefully, and you can't go wrong on this rather important bit! Just use 20 or 30 pound flying line for the bridle pieces.
If you are new to this, you might need instructions on how to tie the following knots...
TIP: Secure the slip knots onto the bamboo of the vertical spar with a tiny blob of wood glue, so they can't loosen.
Once your kite + bridle looks like the photo up there...
Hold the short bridle line up so all the bridle lines are straight, with the kite laying flat on the table or floor.
Referring to the diagram below, shift the Prusik knot to the shown position. It's not necessarily the perfect position for your individual kite, but it should at least fly on the first attempt! Later, you can experiment with shifting the position away from the nose a little at a time to improve how high your kite flies.
Cut out a long rectangular piece of dark plastic for the tail. Black garbage bag plastic works well. Make it about 0.3SL (8.7cm, 3 1/2") wide and 8SL (230cm, 90") long.
Tie one end around the vertical spar, as close as possible to the bottom tip. See the photo on the right. A single Half Hitch will do, since there are very low forces on the tail in flight.
You can see the full length of the tail in the 'Flying' photo further down...
At this point, you've finished making the 2-Skewer Diamond!
To attach the flying line, just Lark's Head the flying line to the short bridle line as in the photo.
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