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Kite 101

Published February 27, 2012 by The OC

"Imagination is the highest kite one can fly." -Laura Bacall

Did you just bought a kite, flew it, made it crash, and then just destroyed it? Ever wondered how you can repair your kite? Or how you could make one? Well, don’t fret! I just happen to have these easy steps in making a kite.

First, you need to gather the materials needed for the kite. Of course, no materials mean no kite. Prepare a pair of scissors, a roll of tape, two sticks (one should be longer than the other), a spool of strings, and a garbage bag. We’re going to make a traditional diamond-shaped kite by using these easy-to-get and low-cost materials.

After gathering the materials needed, we then start making the skeleton before the other parts of the kite. The skeleton is the framework of the kite. It makes the kite’s structure firm and strong as it hits the wind. Using the two sticks, place it like a small letter “t”, being the longer stick under the shorter stick. Tie them together using the string by doing a crisscrossing pattern on the intersection of the two sticks making sure they are not lose.

We then make the sail of the kite. Spread the garbage bag and lay the skeleton on top of it and tape it so that it won’t move when you’re working on the sail. Using the tape, preferably a masking tape, make a diagonal pattern by connecting the endpoints of the sticks. Make sure you leave at least an inch for allowance around the frame. Cut the diagonal pattern; a diagonal kite is much easier to make compared to other kites. Now, using the strings tie the edges of the garbage bag to the endpoints of the sticks but make sure that it’s tight enough for the kite to fight the wind or else it will just loosen up and cause the fall of your kite. After tying the edges, remove the tapes you put for securing the skeleton on the sail then adjust the bottom string at least an inch up for the tail.

Now that the body of the kite is made, take the remaining  parts of the garbage bag and cut at least three to five straight strips and attach it to the bottom end of the frame by tying them using the string. The tail makes the kite soar higher and catches the wind more making your kite flying even longer. The tail also creates a balance for your kite.

Next, tie a string from one point of the vertical stick to its opposite point, leave at least two to five inches allowance. Do the same to the horizontal sticks; make sure that the horizontal string is under the vertical one. Using the end of the string of the spool, tie it to the intersection of the two strings, the vertical and horizontal.

If you have finished doing all the steps, you are now successful in making a kite! The kite is not a hundred percent sure to fly but it’s still best to try to adjust it. To fly the kite, of course, go outside your house and make sure that the place you’re going to fly your kite is an open area meaning no trees or electric posts or fences or anything, just a plain open space. It’s better to fly a kite on a windy day because it makes your kite fly higher and stay longer on air. Ask someone to hold the kite for you while you unwind your string. The person holding the kite must stand opposite the direction of the wind. You then, release the kite and run for initial lift of the kite. When the kite is on air, you can make it go higher by unwinding more string or lower by pulling the string. The most important thing to do is have fun! :)

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