Measured and dots marked
bottom of the photo above is a short edge
of the paper.
- Fold the
sheet of paper in half, crease and open out again. See the crease
across the top of the photo.
and mark dots so all three shapes fit below
the crease. See the photo.
Lines drawn between dots
Using your ruler, connect the dots as shown.
As you can see in the photo, you don't need a line drawn
across the middle of each shape.
- Get a second sheet of paper and crease it
in half also. This is in preparation for the next step.
The three shapes duplicated onto half-sheets of paper
Fold down the unmarked half of the paper that
has the lines on it.
- Trace dots at the positions of the shape
corners. Up against a window works well, with sunshine lighting up
both thicknesses of paper from behind.
- Also trace dots onto both halves of
the blank sheet.
- Rule lines between the corner dots.
- Tear or cut both sheets of paper in half
along the creases. There's the original and the copies in the
Lay strips of sticky tape over the spar
shapes as illustrated in the photo.
- The strips of tape can overlap slightly and
should cover the shapes completely. That's the only
requirement, so don't fuss over the details in the photo above!
Shapes cut out
Cut out the shapes, which will be totally
covered in tape on one side. A little bit of curl is OK.
Longest and midsize shapes stuck together
Lay down the four longest shapes with the
taped sides facing down.
- Lay a midsize shape over the top of
each longer shape, also with the taped sides facing down.
- Line up the wide ends exactly, shift
the top shape up or down to center it over the lower shape then
stick in place with tape. Also tack down the narrower ends with a
square of tape as shown in the photo.
Shortest shapes added
Now line up the remaining shapes, taped sides
down. Use sticky tape at both ends as before.
Encase in Tape
Tape laid down over one long edge
Lay a strip of sticky tape the full length of
one spar piece, leaving half the width overhanging.
Tape folded around long edge
Fold the overhanging tape around so it sticks
to the other side.
Tape laid and folded around both long edges of all spar pieces
In the same way, wrap tape around the
remaining long edges, so all spar pieces are almost
completely encased in sticky tape.
- Using scissors, trim any overhanging tape
from the short edges of the spar pieces.
Measured and lines drawn, on one spar piece
Fold a spar piece in half near the wide
end. Create a crease line near the edge.
- Carefully measure 0.5 cm (3/16 in.) along
the crease from the edge, and make a dot.
- Draw lines from the corners to the dot, as
shown in the photo. A felt-tip pen works better over the sticky
- Measure and draw lines on the other spar
pieces in the same way.
Note: A thin gray line has been added to
show where the crease is.
Cutouts done on all spar pieces
Using scissors, cut along the two ruled lines
on all spar pieces. See the photo.
Tape One Edge of Upper Piece
One edge taped, before trimming tape
Take one of the longest spar pieces—part of the vertical spar—and lay it down, aligned with one of the
guide lines as shown. The spar piece is also aligned with a
join line in the sail. Look closely near the middle of the photo to
get this right. The shorter layers of paper of the spar piece should
be underneath, out of sight.
- Tack in place with squares of sticky tape—at least one in the middle and one near each end.
- All good? Now lay a strip of tape down the
whole length, as indicated in the photo.
- Trim off overhanging bits of tape with
Tape Other Edge
Edge tacked at one end
Flip the spar piece across and flatten it
down, so the second guide line becomes visible.
- Go to the wide end and pull the free
edge of the spar piece across so it lines up with the second
guide line. Tack it down with a short strip of tape, as indicated in
the photo. See how the spar piece corner aligns with the guide line
and the sail join line.
Edge taped the rest of the way, before tape trimmed
Using somewhat longer lengths of tape, tack
down more and more of the spar piece, making sure the edge lines up
with the second guide line. Go all the way across to the sail corner
as shown in the photo. The tape strips can overlap a little, but
don't leave any gaps.
- At the end, trim off any overhanging bits of
tape with scissors.
Note: It's just too tricky to tape it all
down in one go!
Shape Upper Piece
Pinching started at one end
Go to one end of the spar piece and carefully
pinch it between finger and thumb, as in the photo. The aim
is to get a crease right in the middle.
Note: The paper won't crease sharp
due to all the sticky tape, but pinch firmly anyway.
V shape formed, all the way along
Work your way along the spar piece, pinching
tightly all the way. I like to use both hands at once, close
- Go all the way along and then back again, so
nothing is missed. You have created a section of spar that is stiff
enough to do the job required of it! See the photo.
Add Lower Piece
Lower piece (on table) taped on and shaped
Position, tape and shape the lower vertical
spar piece just like you have done for the upper spar piece.
Note: The most practical way to do this is
with the paper sail over the edge of a tabletop. This lets the wide
end of the upper spar piece swing out of the way while you
align and tape the corners and edges of the lower spar piece.
See the photo.
Join Upper and
Held in position with a square of tape over the top
Tack the two pieces of spar together with a
square of sticky tape over the top.
Note: Be careful not to put any unnecessary
strain on that paper join, particularly while it is being stuck
Join completely taped up, viewed from above
Apply three pieces of sticky tape to the join,
starting with the one that goes from left to right in the photo.
Each piece should be 6 cm (2 1/2 in.) long. The pieces on either side
of the spar appear narrow because of the viewing angle.
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