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87 replies to this topic  – Started by Evil Willy , Jan 04 2006 12:04 AM

#1 Evil Willy

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Posted 04 January 2006 - 12:04 AM

OK so I think some of you guys might have been waiting for this so here it is...How I make my sails. I will be making an Aft sail for my ship The Lotus which is in desprate need of one. And I am taking pictures step by step.
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Step 1: So to start I will be making a medium that we can make stencils with. What I am doing is simply taking two peices of basic white print paper and glueing them together with an ordinary glue stick.

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And putting them together
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Now rub them nicely together... wait a minute or so and on to the next step.
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Step 2: Now we need to take sails from our previously bought LEGO Pirate sets or what not and trace them onto our medium we made in Step 1.

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Take your time and also make sure you trace out the holes. Now cut out the outside and poke the holes out with anything sharp (Doesn't need to be perfect)

Here is what i got..I am going to be making many little merchant ships from the imperial trading post so I need these and the other of course is my aft sail from the wonderful Armada Flagship.
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My holes on the stencils are rough as you can see but work just as well.
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Step 3: Now run over to you grandma's and get some old cloth... Anything you like as long as it is not too thick. Now what we are going to do is trace the stencil we want unto the cloth. I like using a pencil because it is quite easily removed...and doesn't show as much as a black sharpie or a ballpoint pen. Anyways trace that on there along with the holes.

Now cut out around the outline, roughly leaving 1 inch of space around the outside.

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Step 4: In this step we are going to be strengthening the cloth so that it does not shred when we cut it...To do this I use a  1:4, water:White glue solution which I brush around the edges of the cloth and on the area where you will be punching out holes.

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This is the solution I use...Which I keep in a little ziploc container, so when I need it, it's there.
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Make sure you apply this to both sides, afterwards let it dry for and hour or so.
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Step 5: Now that its nice and dry we need to cut out that sail of yours! Use sharp cloth scisors from you moms sewing kit and cut on the inside of the lines (So that you do not see them)

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The result of a nicely cutout sail
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Step 6: Now! You have cut out you sails and made everything nice... We  are now in great need of holes! To make these I use enscence...I find it is the best way because it burns through nicely, making a good hole the size that u need! Do this on every hole you need, take your time..Do a good job! Believe me its all worth it in the end :D

Cool isn't it?
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You are now done your sails! Hook them on and yell out Arr! For you have done a great job, I hope you're proud ;)
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Step 7(Optional): And for those of you who want a real old look to the sail(s) then brew up some coffee, enjoy it...And use what is left of it to dye your sail(s). Now what I do is poor it into a tray of some sort (I believe it is ment to make cakes) and soak you sail(s) in it... Hang them up somewhere and let them dry. (If they arn't dark enough for you then dye them again)

Dyeing it
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Aft Sail
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Front Sails
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Sometimes you may need to repeat Step 4 after this because the coffee may or may not take away the glue solution.
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I have now finished making the little merchant vessle's sails..Here it is!
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Well I hope this has helped you on your quest to making sails for your huge fleet of ships! PM me if this was helpful to you, I always enjoy comments and post pictures of sails that you have made!

Enjoy ;)

Yours Truly,

William Poulin (Evil Willy)

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Posted 04 January 2006 - 12:14 AM

Pretty nice tutorial Evil Willy  ;)

I do have a couple of questions to take this great subject a little bit further:

1) how do you make perfect holes in the sails ?? What is the best method ??

2) You used here regular paper, but if you want a more "cloth" feel, what material would be best and easiest to work with ??

3) I remember you were taking about dying the sails in coffee or tea. What quantity do you use ?? I would assume very little, to have just a slightly modified/aged white sail.

I think I will try to do some sails just for fun, it looks fun to do and looks great !!!

Tks for your help  ;)

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Posted 04 January 2006 - 12:16 AM

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Pretty nice tutorial Evil Willy 

I do have a couple of questions to take this great subject a little bit further:

1) how do you make perfect holes in the sails ?? What is the best method ??

2) You used here regular paper, but if you want a more "cloth" feel, what material would be best and easiest to work with ??

3) I remember you were taking about dying the sails in coffee or tea. What quantity do you use ?? I would assume very little, to have just a slightly modified/aged white sail.

I think I will try to do some sails just for fun, it looks fun to do and looks great !!!

Tks for your help

Yoda I am still making the tutorial editing it every few minutes so that it doesnt crash on me ;) wait believe me it will be cloth at the end of the tutorial..See here it comes...Give me some tim(time, lol)

Ohh and my favorite method of making holes is using enscence..Yes the one that smells funny and is on fire. I poke through with that and its wonderful.

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Posted 04 January 2006 - 09:55 AM

I was too quick to reply then  :D  :P

Great tutorial Evil Willy  :oD

As a reward, I shall pin this so all our maties can do sail customs  ;)

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Posted 04 January 2006 - 09:59 AM

i think i would iron the sails to get a real smooth surface...

would that work?

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Posted 04 January 2006 - 04:12 PM

What I don't get is: why do you trace the sails on white paper first and then on the cloth? Why not trace it onto the cloth right away? Or am I missing something? Posted Image

Nice tutorial none the less :)

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Posted 04 January 2006 - 04:20 PM

Great tutorial - thanks  :oD

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Posted 04 January 2006 - 05:55 PM

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What I don't get is: why do you trace the sails on white paper first and then on the cloth? Why not trace it onto the cloth right away? Or am I missing something?

Nice tutorial none the less 

The reason I do that is because it is easier to trace onto the cloth..Also because if I want to make a lot...Its just much easier the normal sails are to skiny and bend alot.

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i think i would iron the sails to get a real smooth surface...

would that work?

Well It would but I like them the way they are..And if u look at the aft sail I made just in that tutorial..It is realy beautiful and doesnt need Ironing at all!

The other ones which do look rough were made by eye with no stencil for I have none of the big sails in the front....Its a pitty but I am asking for someone to make me a stencil of them (From Caribean Clipper, BSB etc...) And mail it to me, The big ones on the main mast that is. If someone could do that I would be very happy and would pay for the shipping of course....

I will also MAKE sails for people who really need them and do not have the time or material to do so... But that is later once I get all the stencils of every sail LEGO had made.

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Posted 08 January 2006 - 06:02 AM

Im quite disapointed that no one seems to care about this...I put a lot of effort in finding the best amnners to do this and yet I seem to get no review. Not a great feeling at all.

Double post..Ooo no spaming the forums!

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Posted 08 January 2006 - 09:22 AM

Looking good with the sails, i might try to make some for my pirate ships. I am sorry that i canīt help you with the sail you are asking for, I am not home with my LEGO :( for the next 6 weeks), I am sure someone will help you.

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Posted 09 January 2006 - 05:29 AM

Evil Willy, on Jan 8 2006, 04:02 PM, said:

Im quite disapointed that no one seems to care about this...I put a lot of effort in finding the best amnners to do this and yet I seem to get no review. Not a great feeling at all.

Double post..Ooo no spaming the forums!

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Strange thing is Willy, when something is pinned I tend to forget about it.  I think maybe our problem is we have too many pinned threads at the moment and perhaps some of the threads that haven't been responded in for over a month could be unpinned.


As for your tutorial...

Its brilliant!  Its obvious you've gone to a lot of trouble to produce this tutorial and it should provide a very useful resource for anyone who wants to create their own custom sails.   This thread should be the envy of all other LEGO websites!  But fear not, for those in high places are also quite impressed with your tutorial and are contemplating creatnig a special tutorial forum so EuroBricks can build a collection of tutorials.  And guess what!  You're the one that gave them this idea!

So everyone stand up and give Willy a standing ovation!


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Posted 09 January 2006 - 05:34 AM

Oo wow... I really felt awsome after reading that! I would love to hear more about this!!! I got this really awsome feeling when I read your responce mr phes..Thank you all for this. I now know people do enjoy my tutorial! wow wowowow :D

Edit: the envy to all other LEGO websites!!! Yeh yeh..Lets get this to other sites too. Maybe i would be famous haha!!!

Double edit (Oo now): remember I wasnt in it for the fame at first! My intentions were good I swear :D

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Posted 09 January 2006 - 09:25 AM

Ok Willy try these...

My scanner is old and crappy, and I'm not sure how to scan images in so they're 100% of their original size but here's the first attempt:

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Posted 09 January 2006 - 04:23 PM

Im trying it out right now..but I would also need the sail up at the front please

Thank you again!

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Posted 09 January 2006 - 08:42 PM

This is a great idea - scan your sails everyone and we can all find them here in this thread when making sails of our own the "Evil Willy""-way :oD

Now where did I put the scanner that can hold the entire Viking Longboat Sail? ;)

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Posted 09 January 2006 - 08:45 PM

Yah that would great!! Good idea I would like the viking...

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Posted 21 January 2006 - 10:11 PM

Id try this if i had the time :(

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Posted 22 January 2006 - 12:11 AM

Ooo sorry I had put the wrong pic of the sails at the end....Look again ok and here

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Those were my old sails that were on..I had made those before even having the stencils..So look these are better right?

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Posted 07 February 2006 - 06:44 PM

Did anyone use this method? I would like feedback on it, seeing pictures would be nice!

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Posted 22 July 2006 - 06:21 AM

View PostEvil Willy, on Feb 7 2006, 02:44 PM, said:

Did anyone use this method? I would like feedback on it, seeing pictures would be nice!


I have used this method of sail reproduction in the past, up to the point about glue on the sides and coffee stains, pretty awesome ideas right there!

I tend to try to use material that glue is not needed, but my latest batch of cloth is in dire need of glue, i tend to use your method in the near future to use up the rest of this cloth i dont like!

As for coffee stains, thats pretty slick, but i prefer the cleaner looking sails.

I generally use canvas like cloth from fabric stores, usually printed in stripes to match the color of my ship's theme, so i tend to want to keep them cleaner looking.
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Posted 27 July 2006 - 03:20 PM

View PostEvil Willy, on Feb 7 2006, 08:44 PM, said:

Did anyone use this method? I would like feedback on it, seeing pictures would be nice!

I'm out of cloth and don't know where to buy it at all  *wacko*  but I will use your tutorial for my frigate.

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Posted 27 July 2006 - 04:01 PM

Ahh finally! Some people who finally use my tutorial. I can't wait to see your MOCS, cloth can be prchased at any sewingstore I guess, even like Wal-Mart.

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Posted 18 August 2006 - 01:35 PM

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Would it be better to dip it in coffee first, then apply the glue? You know, to lock it in to the fibers better in cases of humidity / wetness?
So like anything they're resting up against when unbuilt doesn't get stained?

Cool idea by the way. I never think about the pirate lines much, but when I see them built, it gets me inspired.

EDIT: Ah, just thought. Instead of burning the cloth, are there any hole-punchers at Walmart (or anywhere?) that match the Lego-sized holes? On a newer looking sail, the edge burn would be more evident.

(Also, the gluing step would come after the holepunching step, to secure the threads on the rim of the hole).

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Posted 19 August 2006 - 02:03 AM

Those are all good ideas that I have not tried, the way I do it works perfect for me because burning makes it look old...Which is what my sails look like... And yes there are definentley hole punchers somewhere but they are hard to use...

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Posted 19 August 2006 - 02:07 AM

That is a great Tutorial you got there Willy! I'd definately use it if I had any lego sails. :'-(  Either way, thanks for making it. I hope to use it once I get some sails.




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