Processing of Edges, Corners and Rims

After the mask material (paper, silk) is glued to the frame or skeleton, the edge treatment is an important step in the process of applying the material to the kite. There can be different treatment methods according to different situations.

1. Cut edges:

When the kite is not big and the bonding strength between the mask and the kite skeleton is great, you can directly cut off the remaining edges with a knife, which is called "trimming".

2. Crimping:

When higher strength is required, cut off a part of the excess edge, leave a part of it and roll it over after coating it with glue. This process is called "curling".

3. Hemming:

When the maximum strength is required, the extra part must be sewn on after hemming, which is called "seaming".

4. Sticky edges:

When a plastic film is used to cover the surface, the bonding strength between it and the frame is often insufficient, and when it is not suitable for extension, the method of rolling the excess edges and bonding again is called "adhesive edge".

5. Correction

During the masking process, the correct position of the kite frame should be checked continuously, and if there is distortion, asymmetry, etc., it should be corrected at any time, otherwise it will be difficult to correct the problem after the whole kite is pasted with the masking materials.


Copyright 2002 ff: Hans P. Boehme