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"Just for Fun" Braille Designs

Braille design examples

I am a braille transcriber and I have been creating and sharing braille designs for many years.  I design the patterns just for fun and share them freely here.

People sometimes ask about the size of the braille paper that is required to make these braille drawings.  I have created this chart to guide people who wish to try making these braille designs.

For reference, 29 braille cells are accommodated on an 8 ½ X 11 braille paper, while 40 cells are accommodated on an 11 X 11 braille paper. Colored large paper can be purchased where scrapbooking supplies are sold.

All patterns were developed on a 40 cell width paper. The used cells may be reduced by subtracting the number of unused cells at the beginning of each row. I have noted the amount to be subtracted on the designs which can accommodate 29 cells on the instructions.

Note: Some shorter designs may be accommodated on 8 ½ X 11 if the paper can be turned landscape (sideways) in the brailler. The 8 ½” paper accommodates 17 rows. An example of this accommodation is the bat. 

Braille design instructions

 

Just for Fun Design

 Used Cells

29 Cell Adjustment: Small Paper

Angel 29
29 cell adjustment:
Subtract 3 spaces at the beginning of each row
 
Apple 24 None needed
Bat 37 29 cell adjustment: Landscape on short paper
Bird 18 None needed
Birthday Cake 30
29 cell adjustment:
Subtract 2 spaces at the beginning of each row
Eliminate last cell on row 15
(Alternant method- Landscape paper)
Birthday Cake Slice 12 None needed
Boat 40
29 cell adjustment:
Landscape on short paper - Tight fit 
12 None needed
Candy Canes (Double) 22 None needed
Christmas Tree 28 None needed
Computer 39 Cannot be accommodated
Darth Vader 40 Cannot be accommodated
Dinosaur (T-Rex) 26 None needed
Dragon 38 Cannot be accommodated
32 Cannot be accommodated
Duck on Pond 40
29 cell adjustment:
Eliminate last cells on last row
Easter Basket with eggs 30
29 cell adjustment:
Subtract 3 of beginning spaces on each row;
Row 3: eliminate 1 of the first “g”s;
Rows 4-15: eliminate one space in middle of each row;
Rows16-23 subtract one full cell from each row 
Easter Eggs 12 None needed
Elf 31
29 cell adjustment:
Subtract 4 spaces at the beginning of each row;
Eliminate last cell on row 7;
Eliminate last 2 cells on rows 8 & 9  
     (removes ball on hat)
 
Flower in a pot 18 None needed
24 None needed
31
29 cell adjustment:
Landscape on short paper - Tight fit
Menorah 40 Cannot be accommodated
Pie (This is done sideways and then turned.) 13 None needed
Pirate Ship 39
29 cell adjustment:
Landscape on short paper - Tight fit if you eliminate the first 4 rows
Pot of Gold 37
29 cell adjustment:
Subtract 3 spaces at the beginning of each row;
Eliminate end of row 16: make  “with”, make 2 full cells, make “of”;
Eliminate end of row 17: , make “er”, make 2 full cells, make “q”, Space 1 time, make “with”, make 2 full cells, make “of”;
Eliminate end of row 18: make “er”, make 2 full cells, make “q”, 
Eliminate end of row 19: make  “with”, make 2 full cells, make “of”;
Eliminate rows 20 & 21  
     (removes all but one fallen coin)
34
29 cell adjustment:
Landscape on short paper - Tight fit
Pumpkin - Small 29 None needed
Santa 35 Cannot be accommodated
Scarecrow 34
29 cell adjustment:
Subtract 4 spaces at the beginning of each row;
Eliminate row 13;
Eliminate any extra ending cells that do not fit
(Not as nice looking, but good enough) 
Shamrock 24 None needed
Smilie Face 17 None needed
Snowman 40 Cannot be accommodated
Spider 40
29 cell adjustment:
Landscape on short paper
Star of David 34 Cannot be accommodated
Tow Truck 24 None needed
Treasure Chest 38
29 cell adjustment:
Landscape on short paper
Tulips 40
29 cell adjustment:
Landscape on short paper
Turkey for Dinner 36 Cannot be accommodated
Turkey 37 Cannot be accommodated
Two Doves 22 None needed
Witch 37 Cannot be accommodated
Yoda 39
29 cell adjustment:
Landscape on short paper

 

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