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greensteam
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« on: October 11, 2009, 06:22:18 pm »

On another topic I raised here, colleagues kindly suggested various ideas for using up a bag of old leather coats. The one I like best is to make a leather umbrella or parasol.

Is there a fundamental difference between the two? is the shape any different? Can I just use the frame of an umbrella to make a parasol? Does a parasol have to have frilly bits?
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« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2009, 06:35:31 pm »

I belive the only difference between the two is that umbrellas are made of a thicker waterproof material where parasols are not always. I don't see why there would be any problem with using an umbrella frame to make a parasol and parasols do not have to be smothered in frills and lace. The Chinese often use simple paper parasols.
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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2009, 07:54:35 pm »

There's only one way to sort this out...

FIGHT!

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« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2009, 08:18:07 pm »

Well one is for sun, and one is for rain. I don't think there is much of a difference in shape.
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« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2009, 08:33:45 pm »

I think umbrellas tend to be sturdier, since often when it rains there's also significant wind, or possibly the rain is so severe that it needs sturdier construction by itself; but on sunny days, strong winds are unusual, so parasols tend to be rather flimsy (at least the ones I've ever seen).
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« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2009, 11:30:17 am »

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« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2009, 12:00:41 pm »

Parasols have a more 'pagoda' like shape to the dome, meaning the dome is more severe. Usually the handles are straight, though I like hooked handles on mine because hooks are handy.

Here is one of my parasols, see how the dome is more curved than the usual umbrella?



I did that by constraining the umbrella with the way I covered & embellished it.
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« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2009, 03:00:08 pm »

On the other hand, traditional Asian parasols have nearly no dome shape at all..
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« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2009, 02:06:51 am »

Uuuuusually - a parasol will have a smaller diameter for the length of shaft.   Doesn't have to be that way, but that is how they have been made.







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Many have lace, or frills, etc. 


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« Reply #9 on: October 15, 2009, 02:59:04 am »

One comes in Unbreakable form and the other is a parasol.

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« Reply #10 on: October 15, 2009, 06:09:40 am »

unbreakable? at $175 I would be broke real fast Wink

I think the parasol size is more in line with keeping the shape and size still balanced and stylish when folded.

they always seem to look much better than a cludgy old umbrella does when folded up.
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