Topographic World Map Art

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Introduction: Topographic World Map Art

About: Handmade crafts and products that I make using recycled or waste, cheap and easy to available materials. Also custom products are made using a mix of materials.

In modern mapping, a Topographic map or topographic sheet is a type of map characterized by large-scale detail and quantitative representation of relief features, usually using contour lines (connecting points of equal elevation), but historically using a variety of methods. Traditional definitions require a topographic map to show both natural and artificial features.

The distinctive characteristic of a topographic map is the use of elevation contour lines to show the shape of the Earth's surface. Elevation contours are imaginary lines connecting points having the same elevation on the surface of the land above or below a reference surface, which is usually mean sea level. Contours make it possible to show the height and shape of mountains, the depths of the ocean bottom, and the steepness of slopes.

USGS topographic maps also show many other kinds of geographic features including roads, railroads, rivers, streams, lakes, boundaries, place or feature names, mountains, and much more. Older maps show additional features such as trails, buildings, towns, mountain elevations, and survey control points.

The phrase "USGS topographic map" can refer to maps with a wide range of scales, but the scale used for all modern USGS topographic maps is 1:24,000. That covers a quadrangle that measures 7.5 minutes of longitude and latitude on all sides, so these are also referred to as 7.5-minute maps, quadrangle maps, or “quad” maps (modern topographic maps for Alaska have a scale of 1:25,000 and cover a variable distance of longitude). Also each topographic map has a unique name.

Read more about Topographic map from the wiki page.

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So in this instructable I tried to make a Topographic Art piece of World map.

Step 1: Tools & Materials

Here are some Basic Tools and Materials that I used for making this project.

TOOLS:

  • Pen Cutter
  • Mini Hacksaw
  • Sandpaper
  • Scale or Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissor
  • Hammer
  • Nails

MATERIALS:

  • Multi-color Chart Paper
  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Wooden Bead for the Frame
  • Wood Glue
  • Super Glue
  • Color or Varnish
  • Paper Tape

Step 2: The Plan Printout

First I took a world map picture. Then divided into 2 parts, so that it become bit larger when printed.

Then make Print out of the world map in two different paper and joined them using paper tape. Also I draw and covered the missing parts by using a pencil.

Step 3: Cut the Template

Now I cut all the map parts using a sharp cutter. This is our main template, we will use this to mark other chart papers now on.

Step 4: Make the Top Layer

Our top and foremost layer will be the base layer. For this layer I used White chart paper. So, attach the template to the chart paper using some paper tape so that in won't move.

Now, draw the map lines using a pencil, (do this on the opposite side of the paper, so that it doesn't get dirty).

After that I removed the template and again cut the linings using a sharp cutter here. So our Top layer is ready now. Do the same with other layers.

Step 5: Making Next Layers

I used the same way to mark and cut the other layers as well. For different layers I used a gradient color scheme of Bluish chart papers (but didn't find the exact gradient, so you may use single color gradient too).

Then mark and cut the next bottom layers.

Step 6: Add Spacer

In this step I used some corrugated cardboard to keep the chart papers straight and give a border and spacing between each layers.

This way a shadow will be cast upon all the layers and will bring depth to all our layers.

Step 7: Add the Last Layers

The Last layers of our map are very small in sizes here. So, I didn't used larger paper for them. I just added spacer and small papers of desired colors, that will cover the holes.

Step 8: Prepare

So, I have finished all the layers and added spacers also and all our layers are now ready for assembling.

Step 9: Assemble Layers

Now, I added the layers one above another and it already took our topography form.

Step 10: Making a Frame

You can use any kind of Frame that is available to you of the same size, like a photo frame. I didn't have one, so I just made one.

For this I used some corner wooden beads and cut 4 pieces for each side at an angle of 45 degrees. My frame was rectangle ( 1 feet x 1.5 feet ) in size.

Then I glued the frame and joined by nails. Then finally I gave some Varnish coating as a finishing to the frame.

Step 11: Final Step

Finally All our parts now ready, just put the layers to the frame and it's finished.

So, I hope you have liked the instructable and also the art piece. Please comment below your views.

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    13 Comments

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    64bip
    64bip

    23 days ago

    It looks neat and fun :) I may try to recreate it with some LEDs

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    MiltonM17
    MiltonM17

    Reply 19 days ago

    Agreed, LEDs will really punch it out and should enhance its natural curvy beauty.

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    Techno craft
    Techno craft

    Reply 20 days ago

    Thank you!
    And yeah sure, using led will enhance the look.
    I would like to see it, don't forget to share the link.

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    MiltonM17
    MiltonM17

    19 days ago

    I love the idea and initial look; however, I'd rather have the oceans recessed and blue instead of the continents after further consideration.

    Please get in touch with me if someone creates the templates.

    Thank you.
    @Aiki62

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    jeanniel1
    jeanniel1

    26 days ago

    Amazing this was done by hand - versus a laser cutter, which is what I would have done. Good idea for the spacers - makes it even more dimensional.

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    Techno craft
    Techno craft

    Reply 20 days ago

    Thank you so much for the complement and yes paper is more easy to work with but laser cutter will save time. Though handwork is always appreciated.
    And a blue gradient will look more beautiful.

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    berta146
    berta146

    4 weeks ago

    Wow, I would buy it if you sold it. It looks very neat and well planned out! congrats

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    Techno craft
    Techno craft

    Reply 4 weeks ago

    Thank you so much brother.
    And yes I would like to sell a copy, but it will cost you more shopping I think.
    message me your address

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    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    4 weeks ago

    This is beautiful! I love the way you did the wavy lines instead of sharp corners :)

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    Techno craft
    Techno craft

    Reply 4 weeks ago

    Yes, I tried to experiment some new way to see how it look and Thank you, I really appreciate you taking the time to express that.

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    jessyratfink
    jessyratfink

    4 weeks ago

    That's so neat looking! Love all the softly rounded edges of the continents :)

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    Techno craft
    Techno craft

    Reply 4 weeks ago

    I put a lot of thought into this and appreciate what you tell, thank you for noticing.