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Folding Fan

Materials

1. Decorative wrapping paper 2. Plain white paper 3. Wood sticks, 11-inches long by 1/2-inch wide 4. 2-inch head pin 5. Push pin 6. Compass drawing tool 7. Scissors 8. Needle-nose pliers 9. Paint brush 10. Pencil 11. Glue 12. Tassel 13. Button

Materials

Instructions

Steps
Step 1
1. Measure 1 inch from the end of each wood stick and puncture a hole at the midpoint with a push pin. After piercing a hole in all 10 wood sticks, stack them up and thread a 2-inch head pin through the holes. Using needle-nose pliers, twist the other end of the head pin to keep the pin from sliding out. The pin should keep the wood sticks tight. This fan features two types of paper—decorative paper in front and plain white paper in the back that serves as a lining. The white paper gives more heft to the fan and helps to cover the wood sticks.
Steps
Step 2
2. Cut the paper to about 15 inches by 18 inches. Use a compass set at a 4-inch radius to draw an arc at the edge of the paper and cut out the half circle. Position the wood sticks on the white paper with the pivot point at the bottom center where the half circle was removed. This way, about 4 inches of the wood will be exposed, with the rest covered by the white paper. Arrange the sticks so they are evenly spaced. Once the sticks are positioned exactly where you want them, trace around them with a pencil. You will remove the sticks in the next step, so tracing them will help you keep track of their correct position.
Steps
Step 3
3. Apply glue to the back of the sticks with a paint brush. Using a brush will give you a more even coat of glue on the wood. Place the wood sticks on the paper glue side down, using the pencil marks you traced earlier to return the sticks to the correct position. Press on the sticks with your fingers to make sure the glue makes contact with the paper. So the fan is easier to work with, use a pair of scissors to trim about 1 inch all around the wood fan sticks. Choose a decorative paper that folds easily, like wrapping paper. Just as you used the compass to measure an arc in the white paper, do so with the decorative paper and cut out the half circle. You want this arc to be slightly smaller than the one on the white paper, so set the compass to about 3 3/4 inches.
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Step 4
4. Use a brush and apply glue to the front of the wood sticks, only where they make contact with the paper. It's also a good idea to dab a little glue on the paper in between the sticks so that the decorative paper will adhere to the white lining. Turn the fan over, glue side down, and adhere it to the "wrong" side of the decorative paper. Make sure the two half circles at the bottom line up, with the decorative paper extending past the white lining by about 1/4 inch. Run your fingers across the paper to smooth it out. Use the tops of the fan sticks as a guide and cut all around the top of the fan. Leave about a 1/2 inch of paper on the left and right edges of the fan.
Steps
Step 5
5. On the wood sticks at the very left and right edge, apply some glue and fold the decorative paper onto it. This way, you will have finished edges when the fan is folded Fold the fan, lining up the wood sticks. The paper will fold up along with the sticks. Give the paper a strong crease so that the pleats will show when the fan is unfolded. Hook a tassel onto the twisted knot of the head pin. Give it a tug to make sure it won't slip off. Glue a decorative button on top of the twisted part of the head pin. The button hides the twisted metal and locks the tassel into place. Finally, the beautiful Folded fan is ready!

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