The following instructable will show you how to build what I for fun have called a "Quasicrystal Star Lantern" as a nod to chemist Dan Shechtman who recently won a nobel prize for his discovery of crystals that exhibit aperiodic geometric tiling. For more information about how the pattern on the faces of this lamp relates to his discovery and more background on this project, see my latest blog post
The shape exhibited here is called a Small Stellated Dodecahedron. The Playful Geometer has been working with this form for several years as seen in our Cosmic SpaceCrafts Lantern line
. Currently our products are all made with laminated digital prints, but we're hoping to launch a new line of more eco-friendly paper-only models called EarthBound SpaceCrafts. This is the first of their kind, and we offer their designs in-kind. We created this instructable for the Epilog 4 contest
, as we are hoping to obtain a laser cutter to help us affordably distribute the EarthBound SpaceCrafts worldwide for those who don't have the tools or the time to make their own.
For this instructable, you'll need:
Your cutting device
A laser cutter like the Epilog Zing or cutter/plotters such as the Craft Robo, Cricut, Xyron Wishblade, or other home cutting device
12 Sheets of Letter sized cardstock
6 Sheets of 12“x12“ Cardstock (if you have a cutting machine large enough for this)
(used here is 80 pound Linen Cardstock found in scrap booking section of craft store)
TIP: purchase extra paper just in case mistakes happen
You are welcome to experiment with other semi-rigid, flexible media such as wood veneer, Mylar or thin sheet HDPE
Lighting fixture materials
* 1 baby food jar
* 1 small tealight candle holder as seen here : http://www.instructables.com/id/Convert-a-Tea-Light-Lantern-to-Compact-Fluorescent/
* tealight candles
* A metal pen tip OR small glass/metal bead with a hole that will fit your wire.
* About 3 feet of hardware wire (18 guage or so, less length if using tealight holder)
NOTE: I used normal steel wire here but in retrospect, some decorative brass, copper or black wire would have looked much nicer. That reminds me....I would love to see what you can do with this instructable, so please do post pictures of your very own QuasiCrystal Star Lantern !