This instructable shows you how to construct a miniature Ames Room from a layout using paper. An Ames room is a distorted room that gives the optical illusion of depth, distance and varying size. Setups like this were used in 'The Lord of the Rings' movies.
Play this video to see what the optical illusion looks like.
Step 1: Layout and tools
Tools required: 1) Cutting blade 2) ruler 3) stiff paper or card 4) adhesive tape or gum 5) objects such as a key, pen, playing cards, toy figures.
The illusion is noticeable if the layout and prints are large, so print as big as possible.
Below is the layout for the Ames Room. In an image editor, the size of this image is 48 inches width x 54 inches height.
Step 2: Divide the image equally
This step assumes that you cannot print large. Therefore, the image must be divided equally for easy printing. There are 3 rows and 4 columns.
Each column is 12 inches wide. Each row is 18 inches high.
Step 3: Print the sections
Ideally, you should print on a printer that's larger than your desktop printer.
Here the prints are 12 inches wide x 18 inches high.
Step 4: Lay out the sheets
Once the printing is done, lay out the sheets accordingly and cut away the outer white portions, leaving the tabs in place.
Step 5: Cut out the inner parts
Once the outer portions are removed, stick the different sections with tape or gum. Then cut the inner parts marked with X i.e. the windows, ceiling and observation hole.
Step 6: Fold the tabs and walls
Next, fold all the tabs and edges of the walls.
Step 7: Fold the entire room
Finally, fold the entire room. This is the tricky part as each edge should meet the adjacent or opposite edge. Using tape or gum, stick the edges together.
Step 8: The room is done
The finished room is trapezoidal in shape.