last updated on : 10.15.2010
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HOW TO MAKE A: TEMPLATE FOR MAKING CONES FOR BLOWGUN DARTS
Copyright: Mike Sillett
A plumb-bob with a nice angle is a very handy aid when rolling cones to use as fletching for blowgun darts. Without an aid you can still roll cones although each one will be just a bit differently shaped. Variances in cone shape will result in variable performance.
There are plenty of photos in this tutorial to make it easy to understand.
Before you jump right in and start you should read the entire tutorial and review the photos to get a good idea what is involved and how to begin.
This project is reasonably easy and the parts are practically free.
A roll of clear packing tape. The wide, good quality type. I use Scotch brand clear packing tape.
Attach a small piece of scotch tape to a corner of a piece of writing paper approximately 2 X 2 inches then attach the tape to the wood ramp of the sharpened part of the pencil. The angle of the sharpened part of the pencil is perfect.
Make sure when rolling on the paper to maintain the angle of the sharpened part of the pencil.
After the first layer of paper is on the pencil roll on another layer. After two layers of paper have been rolled on apply a layer of packing tape. About a 3 inch length will do.
Here is the cone with two layers of paper rolled on followed by two layers of packing tape. It just needs trimmed now.
Cone all trimmed up and ready to receive plaster.
Mix the Plaster of Paris or patching plaster in a dixie cup to a semi-runny consistency and then pour it into the cone. Tap it slightly on the sides and jiggle it a little to get the plaster to run down to the bottom of the cone. That assures there are no air pockets inside.
Let the plaster sit overnight. I let it sit in the neck of a pepsi bottle. Most pop bottles will work fine. Set it in gently.
The next day take the cone of plaster and trim it up real nice. It will be your template whenever you need to make more cones for darts at some later date.
A Template For Making Cones Used on Blowgun Darts.
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