Saturday, 20 April 2013

How to make a 'Girgitle' - Paper Toy that turns in the wind

Swami Gulagulaananda heard:
"Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional"

[Ok, I could have sworn that I knew the English equivalent of the Kannada Girgitle once upon a time... I think it's called Paper Wind Turbine?]

In this post, I want to show you how to make a Girgitle. It's basically a simple paper toy which turns around a pointed pencil or pen when wind blows. See the video at the end of the post to see it in action.

Step 1:
Tear out three thin (about 1.5 cm) equal sized vertical strips that are about 16 cm long

Step 2:
Fold the strips along the middle.

Step 3:
Hold one folded strip (called 1) horizontally such that the fold comes on the left. Now, hold one of the other strips (called 2) such that the fold comes on the top and slide it between the two legs of 1. So basically the two legs of 1 should be around the two legs of 2. Hold the third strip (called 3) such that the fold comes down. The two legs of 3 should come around the two legs of 1. This is how it should look.

Step 4:
Now, push the two legs of 3 through the gap between the fold of 2 and 1 as shown below.

Step 5:
Pull all the loose ends such that the folds come closer. If you do it properly, the place where the folds meet starts to fold into a concave structure. The end result should be as below.

That's it!
Now hold a sharp pencil or a pen in the concave section and hold it under a ceiling fan. Or if you want to feel like a kid, hold it horizontally and run Wheeeeee!!! :D


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