Thought the Möbius band was divine.
Said he: "If you glue
The edges of two,
You'll get a weird bottle like mine."
This Instructable will teach you how to make a Klien bottle, which is a bottle with no distinct inside or outside; a non-orientable surface. You can read more about them here and on Wikipedia. A Klein bottle is very similar to a Möbius strip, the difference being, to quote Wikipedia, that "Whereas a Möbius strip is a surface with boundary, a Klein bottle has no boundary".
A real Klein bottle could not exist in 3 dimensions though, as it passes through itself without leaving a hole. This is not a "real" Klein bottle, because it cannot exist in our world. This is merely the 3 dimensional expression of the impossible shape.
We have, however, figured out how to rotate a four dimensional object through its dimensions, and a good demonstration of that can be seen here, however I can't seem to find a video of a Klein bottle being rotated through it's four dimensions.
There are alternate versions of the Klein bottle like the "figure-8" shape, or the "Lawson-Klein" version, but in my mind they do not hold as much water as the classic Klein.
Step 1: Tools and materials
- Plastic soap bottle - I found that a Method soap bottle has the quintessential shape of a typical Klein bottle's "body"
- Silicon sealant - to seal the joints of the tubing and bottle in order to get it water-tight
- Clear Vinyl Tubing - 5/8" ID x 3/4" OD, purchased at Ace, similar to this
- Hot glue sticks - for use with the hot glue gun (optional)
- Sharp utility knife - for cutting the tubing and removing burs from your bottle
- Dremel or other rotary tool - for use with attachments
- Dremel cutoff disk - for modifying the bottle
- Dremel grinding and sanding attachments - For shaping the holes of the bottle in order to accommodate the tubing
- Hot glue gun - If the silicon sealant isn't enough to hold everything together, hot glue is your next best bet (optional
- Marker - for marking out holes and cuts
- Heat gun - For help bending the tube *optional*
Later on I think I might try the two-layered Klein bottle with the large and small Method bottles, should I get my hands on one of the big ones.