A little while ago David asked me to model a L-shaped banner pole for
casting and production. After taking a good look at the lovely Flags of
War banners available to complement the Claymore Castings range we
decided that it would be better to just do a quick tutorial on how to
know these up as a pewter pole would inevitably bend in one direction
and then the other and we all know how impossible it can be to get the
damn things back into shape!
So, first things first. It may seem obvious but it's best to have all
the tools at hand before you start, though in true 'Darrell Spirit' ™ I
have ommited the Thick Superglue from the picture below!
Here's a list of the tools:
Unibond PVA Glue
A Sharpened Coctail Stick (as pointy as possible)
next thing to do is to cut out the flag using a sharp modelling knife
being very carefull i/not to cut you fingers off and ii/ to ensure you
are as accurate as possible when it comes to cutting into the 'flaps'
which will be rolled arounf the banner. Once done, try the banner for
size around the upright pole. At this point I would suggest that the
best spears to use are the one's available from North Star as they are
nice and thin as well as very strong (and sharp at the point!).
Once you got the banner in a satisfactory position then it's time to
apply the glue. It is important to point out that you must endevour to
leave the 'flaps at the top of your banner as free from PVA as possible;
this will become obvious in the next stage. I use Unibond PVA but any
PVA will do the trick as long as you add water and apply it in a
thin-ish coat. A thick coat may adhere to both sides of the flag very
quickly which will not give you much room to manoeuvre the paper into
the exact position. Too thin and the paper will warp due to the high
water content being absorbed.
The next bit can be a bit fiddly. First you need to make the cross bar
for the banner. If you're a bit of a meiser like me you will have some
'offcuts' from some of the longer spears that you may have already cut
down? If not then just cut off a length of the bottom of one of your
spears ensuring you leave a little bit of the pole sticking out,
trailing as it were. Take the shortest flaps on the top of the banner
and apply a layer of thick PVA. Once done roll these tabs around the
cross bar. It's then just a case of repeating the process with the
longer 'flaps' at the top rolling them over the shortest.
The last thing to do is to apply a tiny blob of superglue with your
sharpened coctail stick to the part of the cross bar that will touch the
pole at 90 degrees. You must then carefully push the cross bar against
the upright pole, through the loops you have made and then leave to dry.
Once dry, well, there you have it. A quick and easy guide to producing
L-shaped banner poles.
I hope you find this little article usefull. A lot of it is commen sense
but there are a couple of little tricks in there that will hopefully