A paper sculpture of the Brooklyn Bridge, cut and folded from a single piece of paper.
I first came up with the idea for this one about a year ago and made some rough sketches of the layout, but didn't get a chance to refine and assemble it until now.
Built using my usual rules:
+ Designed so that it can be cut out in one continuous piece, then folded
+ No adhesives
+ Cutting and folding only (no coloring, drawn details, etc.)
Measures 12" long (making use of the full length of the original sheet) and 2 1/6" high. Cut from cardstock.
Designing and assembling this was very tricky as many of the pieces are small or thin, and from many angles there's no easy way to support this during assembly. Also, since this is all in one piece, any mistakes in cutting/folding would essentially mean I'd have to start from scratch again, and this is probably my most complex shape to date.
Despite all the careful planning, by the time I finished cutting it out I found at least three different areas of the design that didn't work as intended (i.e., they wouldn't fold and lock in a stable manner). Any fixes could only involve cutting away, not adding, more paper. So that took a bit of improvising to find new locking methods (and keeping my fingers crossed).
Fortunately it all came together well, with some patience. Better yet, I managed to come up with fixes that didn't change the look of the piece at all.
The final sculpture is pretty sturdy; you can see a stack of quarters balanced atop one of the towers in the last pic.
Thanks very much! Most of my crafting does come from geeky inspiration (even this one, which came about from a NYC-based fandom, though the final product isn't fandom-specific). It's so much fun to combine the two :-)
I first came up with the idea for this one while sitting on the bus and wasn't sure what to think as it got progressively more complex...I'm still kind of surprised to see it finished and sitting in front of me at last.
Linked from the geek crafts blog and originally came here to give you a righteous fist bump for citing Newsies as an inspiration/what got you into this type of architecture, and now I want to add a second righteous fist bump for how stellar it looks. So, so cool!
In the morning When the sun is a lonely light just over the hill When the world is awake and yet all things are still My thoughts keep returning to you as they always will
In the morning I am watching and waiting to see the sun shine And I'm feeling your presence so sweet on my mind For I know you're the love and the light of my life for all time
Juliana How your name brings me awake like the first light of dawn Juliana How it comes to the heart like the wind from the wings of a song Juliana You're my sweet heart's desire You're the face of a dream I have drawn
In the evening With the sweet orange blossoms caressing the air I stare at the sky and I see your face there With the moon in your eyes and the indigo night in your hair