Bow Kite or Inflatable Kite bladder

hello. For the past moth i've been trying to make a inflatable bow kite, all fine till now, i printed out the plans, sewed the parts, but i've stumbled on the bladders, on the leading edge bladder to be more specific. How do i make  the bladder when inflated to have the bow shape?i mean how to cut the material and seal it?(the material i use is celofane, cheap and resistent)

hdavis26 years ago
This link has all the info on making bladders hope this helps.

could you tell me were you got the plans to make the bow kite?

I really want to make one also how did you get them printed?

Thanks Henry
Kiteman7 years ago
I would use a rubber that you could glue or weld in shape.
rahbert (author)  Kiteman7 years ago
i know i would use that too,like those inflatable pool toys,but i couldn't find any to buy.
tguiney rahbert6 years ago
Inflatable toys are made our of flexible PVC fabric in a range of thicknesses. 14 to 16 mil might be a good start. The joints are made by a process called RF welding or by heat sealing. Neither of which is that straightforward to do at home.

You can buy bladders from a company called as well as stick-on valves. American National manufacturing is a company that I use to manufacture inflatable light diffusers for my company Alvimar-genesis is the big player in the inflatables field. Hope some of this is useful.