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« on: December 23, 2004 08:41:45 PM »

Materials:
Foamcore, gaffer's tape, mulberry paper.



Corner view:


Unglamorous interior:


Mit das Licht:


Noch einmal mit das Licht:



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« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2004 08:49:59 PM »

that looks really nice!  it looks very professional.  Smiley

ooooh, and german!  heh, testing my memory of high school german, eh?   Wink
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« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2004 08:55:50 PM »

Thats amazing. Very professional
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« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2004 09:00:20 PM »

OMG I love it!! that is awesome! idea...somehow color in the section's to make it like stained glass...maybe?
but it is gorgeous the way it is!!!
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« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2004 09:34:54 AM »

Can you show how to do it? That looks really cool, but maybe not that hard Huh
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« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2004 03:36:30 PM »

TUTE PLEASEEEEEEEEE!!!
I MUST MAKE ONE FOR MY CLASSROOM!
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« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2004 03:44:24 PM »

I will work on a text tutorial.  (The digicam is with the flatmate in another state, so if people request pictures, I'll be able to get them up after the new year.)
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« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2004 04:10:19 PM »

Tutorial

What you'll need:

Foamcore
Gridpaper
Tape
Exacto Blade + Mitre Clip
Textured Paper (or whatever you want to use for a shade)
Gaffer's Tap
Hot glue


Preparation

Make your template.  I used 4sq->1in graph paper.
You're going to need five squares to make the lantern, but I suggest you cut out six, and use the first for practice.
When measuring for your square, allow for a three square border around the edges, and two(ish) squares between each shape that you're going to cut out.
I suggest coloring the areas that will be cut out, so that it'll be less confusing when you actually do the cutting.
Make all of your templates first, so you are sure that they're all the same.


Constructing the lantern

Place the first template at the edge of your piece of foamcore, but not quite at the edge.  Use tape to secure the template onto the foamcore, and then cut out the square at the edge of the tape.  (So, your foamcore square is bigger than the template itself.)
Do this for the remaining five templates.
Now you have a stack of squares with templates attached.  And now you can start cutting out your pattern.
Note: Just make the interior cuts for now.  Don't cut the edges yet.

Tips
Practice on your practice square first!
Make sure you have a surface to work on -- you might end up scoring whatever's underneath your square, so choose a suitable workspace.
Make sure your blade is no longer than the thickness of the piece of foamcore.
Make each cut in one motion -- any more and you'll end up snagging the foam, and your cuts won't be clean.
Practice on your practice square first!


Assembly
Once all of your interior cuts have been made, set the mitre clip on your blade.  Set the blade at the edge of your template (the farthest of your three-square border allowance) and cut along the edge.  Do this for each edge, for each square.
When you've cut out the pieces, you can begin to put them together.  I used hot glue to tack them together before sealing up the edges with gaffer's tape.  (If you just glue the seams, you'll end up with bits of light poking through at the seams, no matter how tight you glue it, and how straight your cuts are.)

When you're all done, you can leave the lantern as is, or you can affix papershades to the interior.  I chose mulberry paper, handdipped in orange watercolor paint.  But it's up to you.

Ta da!

Any questions, let me know.
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« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2004 06:21:34 PM »

I love it !!!
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« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2004 06:24:47 PM »

ooooh, and german!  heh, testing my memory of high school german, eh?   Wink

I took German for a year and a half in college.  I'm trying to reacquaint myself with it!  ::grin::
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