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Blog entry by kiefer posted 07-05-2015 04:41 PM 1745 reads 11 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the first part of the promised BUTTERFLY Blog to go with the project post .

I will start with a sketch of the clear plastic templates which is a set of four pair and a indexing ruler .
I am giving the sizes for the square patterns and the shape and dimensions for the curves parts and the shape for these and easily be completed by adding the curves with a FRNCH CURVE drawing set as the shape is not that imported and all the sizing for the ruler is there including the start line info .

In this example I am using the #3 templates .

For this tutorial I am using a white piece of paper just to show the marks and process more clearly and in a later part I will use the real paper where the pencil marks will be hard to see and photograph .
I will start with placing the templates on the paper and trace the shapes .

Now I cut the shapes out

I draw a centre line on the backside of the paper on both pieces and a T on the square piece to indicate the direction of what will be the top or front of the butterfly and place the ruler in position and mark the position of the fold marks . (A better view of the ruler in picture #1

Here I turned the paper 180 DEG. and place the fold marks in the opposite direction .

All the folding marks done and the two little cut outs you see at the ends will be used as alignment marks during assembly.

Now the folding begins by folding the paper in half and then followed by using the fold marks to the right of the centre line for each consecutive fold ,this is done in both direction and the same sequence on both pieces .

All the folds done and it may look a little weird but it is the way it should be .

Now the second folding is done by folding to space between the first set of fold lines .

This is what it should look like when all the folding is complete and I place the first piece in my third hand while I work on the second one .When both pieces are done I put them together in the right direction with the T mark to the front and the larger end of the bottom piece against the top piece using the alignment marks to centre them . the assembly of the two pieces is placed in the third hand again and a strip of packing tape about 3/16” wide is wrapped a couple of times around straddling the centre line .

Here I am bending the top and bottom to create some form and separation of the two sides and top and bottom section

This is followed by spreading the four wings by manipulating them into the desired shape .

I will stop here and will post the second ( part 2 ) soon .
Hope you enjoy and that I have been clear enough with my explanation but if you have questions let me know .


-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 07-05-2015 05:20 PM

Excellent! You didn’t waist any time getting all the request satisfied. I’m adding this to my favorites for when the time is right to give this a try. We are getting ready for a trip up north right now.
Thanks for sharing your great tutorial Kiefer! I’ll add your next tutorial bog to my favorites when you post it.

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#2 posted 07-05-2015 05:47 PM

thanks Kiefer for sharing ,awesome

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#3 posted 07-05-2015 05:52 PM

Nice tutorial klaus.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 07-05-2015 06:09 PM

Thanks for the tutorial Klaus.
I had the folded paper part figured out as I do a bit of origami but I will be interested to see how the colouring part is done.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#5 posted 07-05-2015 06:44 PM

Great tutorial, Klaus!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 07-05-2015 07:10 PM

Great work, Klaus! Bring on Part 2!

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#7 posted 07-05-2015 08:32 PM

It has my interest. I will have to keep my eyes open for the rest. Looks like I will be spending some time on this.
Thanks Klaus.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 07-05-2015 11:53 PM

Thanks Klaus…..a very interesting blog. Love it

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#9 posted 07-06-2015 01:09 AM

Thanks, Klaus!

-- God bless, Candy

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#10 posted 07-06-2015 01:19 AM

Those are very near. Just noticed it says BUTTfly.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#11 posted 07-06-2015 01:28 AM

Thanks all and I hope you are all enjoying this blog .
Thanks for pointing that out and it’s corrected !

-- Kiefer

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#12 posted 07-06-2015 01:55 AM


Your getting good at doing the tutorials! I like the original word. LOL!

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#13 posted 07-06-2015 01:04 PM

Wow Klaus! Thnx for sharing the how-to on this

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#14 posted 07-06-2015 11:57 PM

Always a pleasure to read and this one looks like something the grandchildren would enjoy building together.
Thanks for posting.

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#15 posted 07-07-2015 12:08 AM

Very interesting. Thanks.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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