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Oct 7, 2008

Pumpkin Sliceforms

Finally got together something Halloween-ish.  

I created the pattern for this by what I would have to call the brute force method (because I don't really know what I'm doing).

 
First I made an openwork one, and put a little battery tea light in it. (Picture could be better. I took it inside, with the flash.)  Tutorial and files are here.



Then I made a closed one. I don't know which one I like better!  Tutorial and files are here.


Top view showing the sliceform structure.









If you're interested in sliceforms, I can't say enough about this book. Highly recommended! The author covers everything from "simple" shapes to wonderfully elaborate looking (but not much more difficult to make) designs of crazy things like shapes within shapes, shapes that nest together, and much much more.

Oh, ouch, the price went up since I first posted this.

I just ordered this next book. Looks like there are still a couple available in the $9.00 range. I can't vouch for it, but it's supposed to explain how to make your own designs. [Update: Received this book. It's mostly ready-to-cut and make models with about 4 pages of actual instruction. Save your money for something by Masahiro Chatani.]

Oh yeah, best of all, both of these pumpkins fold flat for mailing.
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Extreme Cards and Papercrafting: pop up cards, movable and mechanical cards, digital crafts and unusual papercrafts.

4 comments:

Lynda J. White said...

Great work. I love sliceforms.

Nancy S said...

LOL--you 'don't know what you're doing?' ha! you are one of the most creative people I know! Keep up with the experimenting--I live vicariously thru your blog!!

asteronimo said...

I got so excited by the subject that I immediately wrote some software to create the sliceforms myself with the computer.

It's a plugin for the free Google SketchUp software, you can find it at Public Art International's website: http://www.public-art-international.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/200

d-cecil said...

John Sharp has a much larger book "Surfaces: Explorations with Sliceforms" that does a good job, although somewhat mathematical,on constructing sliceforms. It, or possibly a newer version, is available through Amazon.