So I’m having a nightmare and I’m hoping you can help. It’s my wife’s birthday tomorrow and I’ve been trying to make her a new hand fan (her last one got stolen at a dance event) as part of her present. I have the 1.5 mm birch ply slats made, stained and assembled using a nail (hammered until it mushroomed into a rivet)… only thing is I cannot figure out how to get the leaves of the fan to pull themselves apart and fan out.
I’ve done a bunch of google searches and there are loads of tuts on paper and fabric folding fans but none I can find for wooden slat fans If anyone has one at home / knows how they work could you please help? You’re my only hope Glowbi Wan!
Here’s what I have so far: