It is believed that the sky lanterns in the traditional execution can only be done by Chinese masters.
To do this, rice paper is used, which is impregnated with a special solution to prevent fire, combustible material, strong wire and a bamboo hoop.
And if there should be no problems with combustible material and wire, it is quite difficult to find other components.
However, you can still make a flying flashlight at home.
Chinese sky lantern with your own hands: what you need
To make an air Chinese lantern you will need:
- 1 wide Scotch-
- 1 square of cardboard 30x30 or 40x40 cm-
- 1 packet of thin color bags for garbage in volume of 120 l-
- 1 bottle of liquid to kindle a fire or medical alcohol-
- 1 roll of tracing paper-
- ruler, tape measure or centimeter tape for measuring-
- thin wire-
- 1 pack of cotton wool.
Chinese Heavenly Flashlight: Manufacturing Techniques
Having prepared all the above materials, you can proceed to build a flying flashlight. His scheme is quite simple - on the wire frame is fixed wick and outer shell.
First, take the garbage bag, open it, andThen measure the diameter. From the tracing paper make a continuation of the package and attach it to it with an adhesive tape. After that, cut pieces of 1.5-2.5 cm wide from a piece of cardboard. Attach the strips from the outside to the tracing paper with adhesive tape.
Do for the Chinese lantern wiredSkeleton. To do this, twist the circle from the wire and add two pieces of wire to it cross-wise. So at you it will turn out to give rigidity of your design and there will be where to attach a wick.
On the wire in the middle of the frame, fasten the lumpWool, pre-impregnated with a liquid for firing a fire or medical alcohol. It is desirable to immediately prepare several wicks, and also to check how well they are ignited, what is the size of the flame. Thanks to this you can pick up the perfect wick for your product.
Put a package of tracing paper on the frame and run it.Chinese lantern. If the resulting design seems to be small, you can make it bigger. To do this, simply glue several garbage bags, take a larger amount of cardboard, tracing paper and other materials.
Chinese sky lanterns: startup rules
To start flying lanterns is allowed only onOpen areas, away from car parks, tall buildings, forests and dry meadows. And most importantly - if the wind has become strong, impetuous, launch the flashlights for another time.
Light the wick and with the help of a friendOr girlfriend - spread the dome in such a way that it does not come into contact with the flame. Then gently lower the Chinese flashlight to the ground, holding it by the frame. This is necessary for faster heating of air inside the structure.
After about one minute, lift the flashlight toChest level. As soon as it starts to stretch up, release it. Do it slowly, holding the product slightly by the rim. And then you will only have to enjoy the stunningly beautiful flight of a Chinese lantern in the night sky.