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Ambah Nature

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A table lamp made using sheets of paper folded into origami flowers and held together with aluminium rods. A bold and decorative addition to any modern home.

Materials & Equipment List

Materials:A4 sheets of paperEquipment:ScissorsStapler and staplesModelling wire5 wielding rodsSmall cable ties (at least 10)A hair pinA lamp

Making Instructions (Login to see the full instructions)

To make this light you will need:-70 sheets of waste A4 paper in colour and black and white-Scissors-A Stapler and lots of staples-Modelling wire-5 Wielding rods-Several small cable ties-A hair pin-A lamp
Lay out in portrait your first piece of paper.
Fold in half.
Fold in half a second time.
Fold in half a third time.
Fold in half a fourth time.
Open out the paper and turn it to landscape.
Fold in half.
Fold in half a second time.
Fold in half a third time.
Fold in half a fourth time.
Open out the paper and turn it portrait. You should have created 32 squares 16 by 16.
Fold the first row of squares up until they meet the next crease.
Turn over the paper.
Fold the row up until the next crease and turn over the paper.
Keep on doing this until you have folded the whole sheet.
Make sure each fold is straight and pressed down hard with your fingers to give a defined crease.
Turn the paper portrait.
Fold the first square up until the first crease.
Turn over the paper and fold again until the next crease.
Keep on doing this until you have folded all the paper.
Squeeze it down to make sure all the folds are set.
When you let go of the paper it should have this zig zag pattern.
Carefully pull open the first zig zag.
Press down to give a defined crease.
Repeat this on the zig zags below.
Make sure to define each crease as you pull it from the others.
Once you have finished the first row move on to the second.
Squeeze the two folds together.
Repeat this for all the rows until you have a pattern like this.
Squeeze down to further define the creases made.
Open the paper out and curve the ends together.
Position each end flat together.
Using the stapler join the edges of the paper. You made need to staple a few times to make sure it is fixed together.
Taking hold of a row at either end carefully pull the shape apart to form a flower. Make sure each zig zag row is pulled slightly apart from the next to give an even separation and shape. Repeat steps 2-36 to create 70 flowers.
For the next stage you will need the modelling wire, hair pin and scissors.
Taking one flower at a time use the hair pin to make a small hole in either end of the paper. You will need to do this for all 70 flowers.
Cut a strip of modelling wire about 90cm.
Insert the wire into one end of the flower.
Loop the wire round and back through the hole.
Feed the wire through the opening of the flower and through the hole at the other end.
Repeat these steps until you have 5 separate strips of wire each with a different number of flowers. 2 strips with 10 and the others with 13, 17 and 20.
Once you have 5 strips with 10, 10, 13, 17 and 20 flowers on each you can feed them onto the wielding rods.
Use one rod for each flower strip and feed it through the opening of each flower.
Wrap the loose modelling wire around the wielding rod.
Bend the wielding rods into a circular shape where the first and last flowers meet. You should end up with various sized hoops.
To secure the rods in place loop the excess wire through the openings of the flowers.
Using the cable ties secure the rod to itself.
You may need a few to secure the rod in several places.
Cut the remaining bit of the cable tie off.
Once you have secured your 5 hoops layer them on top of one another.
Cut a strip of wire about 15cm.
Loop the wire around the wielding rods of each strip.
Twist the wire together.
Do this several times around the rods for maximum security.
Once you have attached the 5 rods together you are ready to fit it to the light.
Remove the lampshade from the light and dismantle the shade so you are left with the metal frame.
Attach the frame to the wielding rods.
Screw in the lightbulb.
Here you have the finished product!
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14-11-2012 13:58:45
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Ambah Nature


United Kingdom

Second year student originally from London studying Product Design at Nottingham Trent. Interested in street art and outdoor installations, inclusive design, recycling/upcycling and interaction...

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