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Lovely mechanical hand fan



http://www.antiquedress.com/item1137.htm

I found this pretty thing, which I tought was quite lady-like and very steamy.
Unfortunately it had already been sold to someone else, and no matter how much I search I can't find any other like it; so I got to thinking, maybe I should try to make one for myself.
However I'm not sure how the mechanism is built and I haven't found any more information about this style of fan.

Any ideas?

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haruka_yamamura
Jan. 30th, 2009 01:57 am (UTC)
hurm...kinda reminds me of those really cheap Japanese folding fans you can buy at the dollar store, at least in mechanism. Yet the more I look at it I'm not entirely sure...*chinstroke* maybe it's like a normal fan mechanism, and the handle's got a slat in it for opening and closing?

...wow...just realized how stupid this comment sounds...-_-;; Hope that's remotely ANY help...-_-;;
annie_cycle
Jan. 30th, 2009 02:02 am (UTC)
Don't worry ^^

I'm probably feeling worse than you. I just get this feeling that the mechanism must be stupid easy, but I can't seem to "visualize" it. My brain must have melted from all my cramming for school exams XP
misskikkikat
Jan. 30th, 2009 03:58 am (UTC)
It seems as if the fan is made from 2 pieces of starched pleated fabric with something like a thin piece of wood glued to the "top" pleats. The bottom of these pleated pieces are attached to a slid pin inside the wooden paddle pieces.

I don't know, I might be wrong.
dissimilus
Jan. 30th, 2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
The term "mechanical" is used rather loosely here. There are two pieces to this fan: a left and right. on the outside edge of each fan half is the strip of wood that you can see. The strips have a pin at the end contained in the handle to act as a hinge (the mirror hides the pins). The strips go slightly past the pin on the inside to act as levers. A string is then attatched to the levers and run up the middle. When you pull on the string from the top, it pulls on the interior ends of the wood strips, which opens the fan. The reason the wooden base is so wide is to allow room for the pivoting. Sorry I can't post a picture here, which would make it much easier to see. Hope that helps.
dissimilus
Jan. 30th, 2009 06:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, and note that the assembly may slide up and down into the handle to protect the closed fan. I can't quite tell from the pictures, but that would be the most logical, and that's probably some sort of tube in the middle of the fan that the pieces are attatched to and that the string is threaded through. So maybe it is a bit more complicated than I first thought;)
annie_cycle
Jan. 30th, 2009 08:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks ^^ I'm starting to get the idea. Let's see if I can build one.
donsimpson
Jan. 30th, 2009 10:23 pm (UTC)
OK. One way to do it: There is a metal piece thet the top tassel is attached to, that you pull up to open the fan and push down to close the fan. This metal piece may be a tube that slides on a rod, and has the center edges of the two fan halves attached to it. The outer edges of the fan halves are attached to a pair of wood strps that are hinged to the bottom of the metal piece. When you push the metal part down, the wood strips lever against the bottoms of the slots in the sides of the case, and push the fan closed. When you pull up the metal piece, either the weight and springiness of the fan opens the fan or there are some pins inside that the wooden slats run into that lever them open as the metal piece thay are hinged to rises up. There are possible variations on this, but that is the basic mechanism. If someone wanted to be more steampunky, one could have it open with a spring pushing the metal part up (maybe with a dashpot so it wasn't too abrupt), so you would just push a button and the fan would blossom. closing would be manual or involve something more complicated like clockworks. Or you could have it run by an internal sliding weight (hold upright and push button, fan opens; hold downward and push button, fan closes. How heavy the weight would have to be depends on how stiff the fan is. It's a very nnice looking design, with the mirror and all, and there are lots of possible variations for the look of the case.
annie_cycle
Jan. 30th, 2009 11:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for all your help. I was actually thinking of making it so you pull it to open and push a button to close. I thought of slightly more complicated ways to build it, but imagining them is usually easier for me than actually building them, so i'm trying to keep it simple and not get too carried away.
donsimpson
Jan. 31st, 2009 04:36 am (UTC)
Right! Pulling it open could set a spring; I hadn't thought of that one. Or it could close by pulling the lower tassel (which this one obviously doesn't, but maybe an earlier design did). Probably best to make the first one or two simple, and then get tricky.....
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