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DESIGNING A MODEL TOWER

V. Ryan 2005 - 2009

 

An art straw tower is a little more difficult to build compared to a model bridge. Towers can be all shapes and sizes but they must be designed carefully and drawn accurately. Basic tools such as a pair of scissors, sellotape, pencil, ruler, set squares, a T-sqaure, are required. With the bridge, a jig can be used to fold/bend the art straws accurately. However, for the model tower, straws will probably be folded completely by hand although this depends on the design.

 

STAGE ONE
A3 paper is set up on a drawing board using a T- Square to ensure that it is accurately positioned. The best way to set up the paper is to rest it on a T-square, push it to the top of the drawing board and clip in position.

 

STAGE TWO
Use a T-square to draw horizontal lines and an adjustable set square to draw lines at different angles. A 60/30 degree or 45/90 degree set square can be used but these will not always give the angles you may want to draw.
The tower should be drawn to a scale of 1:1 (full size).

 

 

 

STAGE THREE
You will need to draw at least a front and a side view of the tower. When the tower is complete decoration in the form of flags or banners can be added.

   
 
   

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