Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Magi 3d Myrrh Bottle

Commemorate the arrival of Balthazar with his myrrh gift 
on "Three Kings Day" January 6 (Epiphany) with this narrow-neck vessel 
that can be filled with loose "goodies" as a gift container, 
or simply used as decor.  Measures approx. 7.25" tall x 3.25" wide x 3" deep. 
Coordinates with other Magi gold chest or pyramid boxes.
(This tutorial is under construction.
Please return soon to view the completed tutorial.)
ASSEMBLY: 1. Identify and cut the shapes:
A main bottle base 
B base reinforcing ring
C upper bottle base   D front bottle neck shape with rim
E bottle neck shapes (5)
F stopper stem  G lower stopper section
H upper stopper section  I petal accent shapes for base
J leaf accent shapes for bottle neck
K scallop accent shapes for upper bottle neck
L stopper accent side shapes
M stopper accent top flower and hex shapes
bottle neck squiggle accent shapes
bottle neck top hex shape with smaller opening
You can identify the shapes in this design
by locating the tiny cut numeral in the side tab.
The bottom section is 1; the middle section is 2;
bottle neck section is 3; stopper 4-6.
2. Prepare the bottom section by bending back 
on all perforations. Allow the tiny "stop" nibs
to bend outward slightly.
3. Bend the segments of the base shape inward
toward each other to bring the straight edge to
overlap the opposite tab perforation line.
Align the edge and perf line of the inner segment and glue.
Repeat the process for the outer segment.
Complete all the segment seams.
4. Form the bottom section into a tube to bring together
the final side seam edges. Overlap the straight edge
at the corresponding tab perf lines and complete the
three portions of the seam.
5. Bend the bottom tabs inward, then bend bottom panel 
into place over the bottom opening, align straight
hex end edges along the perforations,
and glue in place.
It may be helpful to press along the bottom hex seam edges
by pressing from the inside against a flat surface.
6. Prepare the reinforcement ring by bending the
edge tabs upward.
Insert the ring into the top opening of the
lower base shape . . . 
. . . align upper straight edges of each and glue in place.
7. Prepare the upper base section in similar manner
to the lower section, then bend edges and tab perfs
into position and join seams. 
8. Form a tube and join the
final three side edge seams.
9. Fit the upper base over the lower base . . .
. . . apply glue along the lower margin of the 
center segment above nib tabs, and on the underside
of the nib tabs, then push the upper base into position
and apply pressure to join.
10. Prepare the lower petal accent shapes by
bending slightly at the perf cuts located approx.
1/3 down from top and up from bottom.
Position and attach each accent in a section of the 
bottle base, lining up bottom straight edges, 
perf bends at base angles.
11. Prepare the neck sections by bending on perf lines
as shown (tabs back, top two perf lines back,
bottom and middle horizontal lines forward.
12. Line up the bottle front shape segments,
to overlap center straight edge at corresponding
center tab perforation line, adjust, and glue in place.
Repeat the alignment and gluing of the other segments
of the edges: one below center, two above.
13. Continue to add bottle neck sections to the assembly
in similar manner, to join all 6 into a single unit,
then form the unit into a tube to complete the final
seam sections.
14. Bend top tabs inward at horizontal angle,
then bend the top ring into position and attach to tabs,
using the hex larger opening to reach finger tips
inside to assist with the joining process.
15. Position and attach the top hexagon
with opening to better fit the bottle stopper stem.
16. Apply glue to the underside of the lowest
sections of bottle neck unit, then insert over
the top of the bottle base assembly.
17.  Prepare the leaf accent shapes by bending
top eyelet ring portion forward, lower leaf tip portion back.
Position and attach each at lowest two bends of
bottle neck section all around.
Also position and attach the squiggle line accent
shapes in the facets below the leaf accents
(refer to top image on this tutorial to see squiggle shapes).
18. Prepare the stopper upper shape by bending
back on all perforation lines.
19. Bend on perf between segments to bring
straight angled edge to overlap adjacent tab perf line,
and join. Repeat for the remaining four similar seams.
20. Form the shape into a tube to bring the end
straight edge to overlap the opposite tab perf line and join.
Complete the final angle seam.
21. Bend the stopper top hex into position and attach
to bend-inward tabs.
22. Complete the assembly of the lower stopper shape
in similar fashion, except there is a lower "hollow" hex lid
to bend into position and attach to tabs.
23. Prepare the stopper stem by bending upper
tabs opposite the hex "lid" (at the bottom of this image) 
outward, bending back on all other perforation lines.
24. Form the stem into a tube to overlap straight edge
at opposite tab perf line, and join. Fold bottom hex "lid"
into position and attach to bent-inward tabs.
25. Insert closed end first through the stopper bottom assembly
hex opening (from the inside), and push through to seat
the tabs at the inside surface. Glue tabs in place.
26. Apply glue to the underside of upper stopper
rim, then fit over the lower stopper assembly
and hold/apply pressure until secure.
27. Prepare and attach side face (punched rectangle)
accents, top flower and hex shapes to the stopper.
28. To complete the bottle design,
embellish with studs and jewels as desired.
Fit the stopper into the top opening to "close" the bottle.
NOTE that stopper stem will remain a loose fit.
To assist the stopper to stay in position,
consider using a clear adhesive tape such as 
Kool Tak tape applied to the stopper bottom hexagon
as shown.

Magi Gold 3D Chest Box

Commemorate the arrival of Caspar with his gold gift chest
on "Three Kings Day" January 6th (Ephiphany).
Chest features "rounded" lid with dimensional rim 
and bracket accent shapes, base front panel bump out, 
and side dimensional handles, back hinges and front "faux" latch 
(use temp adhesive to keep box closed). 
Decorate with studs and jewels as desired. 
Measures approx. 4.75" wide x 4.25" tall x 3" deep. 
Coordinate with the other Magi box designs:
pyramid frankincense and myrrh bottle.

ASSEMBLY:  1. Identify and cut the shapes:
A box base main shape    B front panel bump out
C bump out panel front accent  D dimensional handle grip
E handle (layer 2 for strength; cut 4 total)
F back hinge shapes   G front latch shape
H dome lid   I side lid shapes (2)  J side lid accent (2)
K dome lid accent bars (6)  L dome lid inner support
M dome under lid  N lid build up rims
2. Prepare the main chest base shape by bending back 
on all perforation lines.
3. Bend sides back away from bottom. Bring straight edge of 
front to overlap the adjacent tab perforation line,
and attach to complete seam.
Repeat to complete remaining 3 corner seams.
4. Fold the rim tabs to the inside and glue in place.
5. Bend the two handle grip dimensional shapes
back on all perforation lines.
 6. Prepare the handles by layering a pair of shapes
(as desired for durability and strength; or use single shapes). 
Bend end connection tabs forward slightly.
7. Wrap the grip around the handle assembly to form a tube,
with straight end edge overlapping end tab,
and glue edge to tab.
 8. Position and attach handles on chest base
sides using mini brads as shown, or
glue in place and cover punch holes with
jewels or studs, etc.
9. Prepare the front panel bump out by bending back on
all perforation lines, except edge flange lines,
which should be folded forward.
10. Bend edge panels back to bring end straight edge
to overlap the small triangle tab perforation line,
and glue in place. Repeat for remaining three corners.
Here is the completed bump out panel.
11. Position and attach the decorative panel to
bump out panel.
12. Insert bump out through front window opening
from the chest's inside, push through to seat the
edge flanges flush behind the front panel, and glue in place.
13. Prepare the dome lid shape by bending on all
long perforation lines, also bending edge tabs back.
14. Position and attach side arch shapes to
center dome shape, beginning at top center edge.
Position and attach side top straight edge segment
at center tab. When secure, move toward each end,
positioning and attaching tabs to edge segments,
until all are attached. Repeat for second side arch.
15. Prepare the dome support shape by bending
at center perforation line, also bending all tabs back.
16. Insert center support tabs through slots at center of
under lid shape . . .
. . . then bend each back and glue in place.
17. Glue the support semicircular sections together
back to back, with top tabs bent outward as shown.
Apply glue to the tabs . . .
. . . then insert under lid assembly into the dome assembly,
center with tabs touching backside of dome . . .
. . . and apply finger pressure through openings
to secure.
18. Prepare the rim flanges by bending back on all
perforation lines and end tabs. 
NOTE that top tabs do not bend but remain rigid
to form a ledge to attach to backside of under lid shape
(see step 21).
19. Insert tabs of one long segment into corresponding slots
on front or back of dome lid assembly.
Tabs should extend into the dome assembly cavity,
and remain under the under lid shape.
20. Bend the second segment of the rim shape
to insert tabs into side end slots,
taking care to form miter arrangement of
overlapping edges at corner.
21. Apply glue to the underside of the rim tabs for 
both segments that have been positioned
(move the under lid shape out of the way slightly to do this)
then reposition the under lid so that it will attach
at the glue-applied tab surfaces.
22. Join the second rim shape by inserting the
end tab under the straight edge end of the
rim attached to the dome assembly,
and gluing in place.
23. Repeat the bending of rim shapes to insert tabs,
for long and short segments, then attach remaining ends
by inserting end tab under opposite straight edge
and attaching in place.
24. At corners on the bottom of the rim assembly,
the miter overlap arrangement should also be made,
with angled long edge overlapping straight extension
of shorter sides. Apply a dab of glue under angled edge
of a pair of corner miters . . .
. . . then apply pressure inward from both corners
while also pressing the overlapped layers
to secure the corners. (This seam helps the rim assembly
to keep its shape, and fit onto the chest base.)
25. Position and attach the accent arch shapes
on the dome sides, matching punch holes.
26. Bend the dome accent bands slightly at
the two perforation points. Position on dome
with one at center (match punch holes) and one
to each side. Repeat for both sides of dome.
27. Prepare to attach latches and hinges by placing lid
onto base and pushing into position fully.
At center front, lightly mark a tick on the bottom surface 
of the rim to show where latch will be centered.
On the back, also lightly mark ticks on the rim bottom face
to line up with the latch punch holes.
28. Remove lid. Position latch behind rim,
centered at tick mark, with perf line at inner rim edge,
and glue in place.

29. At lid back, line up hinges in similar manner
at tick marks, and glue in place.
30. Replace lid onto base, then insert and secure
hinges with glue and mini brads (or studs).
Here is the completed chest.
Decorate with jewels, gold stud rows, etc. as desired.