Wind Funnels, Tassels
Wind FunnelsThese may be fitted to plane-type kites. They are obviously decorative, but also serve to supply a light current of air to the kite on a calm day. The air travels through them at increased pressure which improves the kite's upward movement. To make them, first form a circle of thin wire, 3 in. in diameter, and join the ends together with thread. The wire may be shaped round a tin or a bottle. Next, take a piece of fairly stiff paper, measuring 10 in. x 5 in., and shape it in the following way. Hold it at the bottom corners. Twist the left-hand corner over and downwards. Wrap the other corner over to form a funnel. Cup one hand round the funnel to retain the shape. The funnel may then be adjusted to a diameter of 3 1/2 in. at the top and 1 in. at the bottom. Having done this, apply glue to the overlap and stick down. Now cut the edges straight at the top and bottom, and make slits in the top edge to a depth of 1/2 in. Apply glue to this 1/2 in. margin, fold over the wire rim and press down.
Now add the fringe. Take a piece of tissue paper which is 1 in. square. Fold it down the centre and paste the ends together. Cut 1/2 in. slits in the paper along the pasted side. This forms the margin. Wrap the paper round the funnel, and mark the overlap, which is then pasted down. Apply paste to the top margin, fold it over the rim and fasten down. Now cut the tissue paper into fingers, 1/2 in. in width, to form a fringe. Next, pierce the top in four places, representing 12, 3, 6 and 9 o'clock positions. Insert thin strings which are 1 ft. 3 in. in length, and form them into loops. Tie the loops together at the top so that there is an equal tension on all of them. Attach the wind funnels to the kite by means of strings, as shown for the 'Star' kite. Please note that the funnels which have been described are intended for kites which are 2 ft. to 2 ft. 6 in. in size. The measurements given may be adapted for larger or smaller kites.