Sunday, September 30, 2018

Candle Stand 3D Display

Dimensional display stand is versatile for many uses, 
including as custom display for 
"Pumpkin 3D Chunky Form"  (when it is built with bottom hex stub
and candle stand includes top center recess to accept it).  
Form is created with base and second level platforms, 
lower post contour with "bulb", post wrap with 
inserted 3/4" wooden dowel for strength, 
upper platform with contour below. "
Short stand as shown measures 
approx. 7.375" tall x 4.75" deep x 5.25" wide, 
(with two taller post variations at 8.375" and 9.375" tall). 

ASSEMBLY: 1. Identify and cut the shapes:
A base 1 (bottom) main shape  B base 1 boxing strip
C base 1 side accent shapes (6)
D bottom "foot" build up (6)
E base 1 post anchor hexagon build up shapes (6)
F base 1 top accent
G base 2 hexagon and cut on boxing strip
H lower contour shape
I "bead" shape    J post
K top platform hexagon with cut on boxing strip
L platform post anchor hex build up shapes (6)
M platform brace angled contour
N platform interior support
O platform top "cover" (this one accepts pumpkin stub)
2. Prepare the built-up shapes so they can be drying:
A) layer and attach the post anchor hexagons
into a stack of 6 for base 1 and a stack of 6 for
platform bottom; take care that all cut shapes
of interior and exterior line up as precisely as possible.
Flatten with a heavy weight during the drying process
to reduce or eliminate warping or curling
(this may take several hours).
B) layer and attach the bottom "foot" base
shapes to create a single stack with 6 shapes.
(NOTE the sample uses a different card stock
for the "interior" shapes with top shape cut from
accent color card.)
3. Prepare base 1 bottom by bending back
on all perforation lines of main shape and
add-on boxing shape.
Attach the add-on shape by overlapping it's plain
"left" end over the tab of main shape to perf line,
and gluing in place . . . 
. . . to prepare a single shape as shown.
4. While base 1 is still flat, position and attach 
the large hexagon shape with slots and center hex
cutout (make sure all accent openings align
so that main shape openings are clear).
5. On the inside of base bottom (opposite the hex
and slot openings), position and attach the post
anchor build up shape, aligning hex corners at
tiny cut guide marks that can be seen even
on the backside of the base.
6. Form the boxing strip portion into a ring to
align the short side straight edge with opposite tab,
then overlap edge to tab perf line and glue in place.
7. Position and adjust the base hex so that
edges align with boxing perf lines, then glue each
boxing tab/flange under the hexagon edge.
NOTE it may be helpful at this step and others like
it that will be completed subsequently to position
and align the middle boxing segment and hex edge
that is opposite the "attached" hex edge first, then
adjust the two segments and edges in between
on each side.
It will also be helpful to place the face side of base
hex on flat work surface and apply finger pressure
along the boxing flanges from the inside.
8. Prepare base 1 structure by bending back on
all boxing and tab or flange perforation lines, EXCEPT
 please note that three of the bottom edge tabs
and actually support tabs and remain unbent
throughout. DO NOT bend these.
9. Form the boxing strip into a ring to align
and attach the side wall tab under the opposite
short wall straight edge in similar manner to
side wall tab joining for base 1, Step 6.
10. Bend the base 2 top hexagon into position
to align and attach boxing flanges under . . . 
. . .the hex edges as for base 1 bottom hex, Step 7.
11. Prepare the lower contour shape by bending
back on all panel, tab and flange perforation lines.
12. Form the contour shape into a hex tube to bring
the straight side edge to overlap the flange opposite
to perforation line, adjust top and bottom
for proper alignment, then glue side seam.
13. Bend the top panels inward slightly
to align straight edge overlapping adjacent
wedge tab to perforation line, and glue in place.
Complete all 6 angled short seams.
14. Insert each contour bottom tabs into slots
found on top panel of base 2, then push in
On underside of base 2, bend back 3 only short tabs
and glue these securely to underside of base 2.
NOTE: the support tabs remain unbent.
15. Insert the bottom edge tabs of base 2
into the slots of base 1 top panel, then . . . 
. . . work fully through, bend all tabs outward
so they can be glued to the underside of top panel.
16. Identify the corner guidemarks for base 1
shape that are cut into the "foot" build up layers.
Then position the bottom panel of base 1
onto the foot top with corners and marks aligned,
and glue securely in place.
17. Prepare the post "wrap" shape by bending
back on all vertical panel and flange perforation lines.
NOTE: there are three different post lengths
included in the cut file.
18. Using the uncut 3/4" wooden dowel as a form,
wrap the post shape about it, overlapping the straight
long side edge over the opposite long flange,
and glue the long seam, working finger pressure
back and forth along the seam edges to ensure that
the overlap remains as tight as possible,
with straight edge aligned at perforation properly.
19. With the post tube in place at end of dowel,
with ends even, carefully mark the cut length
of the dowel at the edge of the post wrap.
Carefully cut the dowel to that length, checking
to ensure cuts are perpendicular; sand any
inconsistencies or high spots away, before
gluing the post shape onto the dowel.
20. Insert the post/dowel unit through the top
of the lower contour . . . 
. . . then continue through the hex openings
of base 2 and out through top panel hex opening
at top panel of base 1.
21. Post bottom will fit into the anchor hex opening
and be held in place. Apply glue to the inside
and to build up inside edges, then . . . 
. . . bend base 1 flanges inward, apply glue to
the flanges, then fit the top panel of base 1
into position with boxing and edges aligned and attached
as with previous steps. At the same time
push the post into position with bottom end
fitted into the anchor hex opening.
Hold post in perpendicular position until glue is dry.
22. Prepare the "bead" bulb shape by bending back
on all perforation lines, except bend the top
and bottom petal tabs forward.
23. Form the bead shape into a tube to bring
opposite edges together, and glue center tab
under center straight edge first.
Continue the assembly by attaching the upper
and lower angled seams. Finally, bend the tiny panels
back slightly to align edge and tab perforation line
for the 5 short seams around top, and also
for the 5 seams around bottom.
23. Insert bead over the post top, and . . . 
. . . slide it down into position so that petal tabs
overlap the straight top edges of lower contour.
Glue the bottom petals to top of lower contour,
and glue the top petals to the post.
24. Prepare the platform (top) shape by bending back
on all perforation lines for panels, boxing panels,
and flanges/tabs.
25. Position the post anchor onto the bottom face side
of the platform shape, using the cut guide marks
to align the build up stack corners, and glue in place.
26. Form the boxing strip into a ring to position
and attach the side seam.
27. Bend the bottom platform panel into position
to overlap the flange tabs, align and attach all around.
28. Prepare the under-platform brace contour shape
by bending back on all perforation lines between
panels, bend forward at upper and lower edge tabs
and petal tabs.
29. Form the brace shape into a pyramid "tube"
to bring side straight edge to overlap opposite
flange, adjust and glue the seam.
30. Insert the upper brace tabs into the platform
slots, then . . . 
. . . bend tabs back and glue in place.
31. Bend the top flanges inward, bend top panel
into position and attach in place to flanges.
Use the hex opening as construction access as
for previous similar base assembly. NOTE it may be
helpful to use a flat blade tool such as the spatula
tool shown here to reach under the rim to provide
a "press-against" surface to attach flange and rim.
32. Apply glue inside the anchor interior recess
and build up edges (as for the bottom end of post
in Step 21) by inserting applicator tip through
bottom opening of platform brace as shown.
Insert post top end through same opening to
seat it into the anchor recess, then . . .
. . . apply pressure to firmly attach post to
platform bottom panel, taking care to maintain
perpendicular position between post and platform.
33. Apply glue and attach the brace lower petal tabs
to post.
34. Prepare the platform interior support strip
by bending back on short vertical perf lines,
also bending the top and bottom tabs back.
35. Form the strip into a square to overlap
wall straight edge over opposite tab and complete
side seam.
36. Apply glue to bottom tabs, then insert support frame
into the platform top hex opening and position
on inside bottom (backside) panel.
NOTE: if using the platform accent "cover" that
includes the hex recess for pumpkin stub,
take care that support frame will be positioned
to NOT interfere with stub.
37. Position and attach plain top panel cover
to hide construction inside. OR follow the next
steps to prepare the alternate cover that will accept
the pumpkin stub.
38. Prepare the alternate cover shape by bending
the wedge tabs at center back/downward,
and then the tiny tips bending forward as shown.
39. Position the alternate cover and attach.
This image shows how the pumpkin bottom stub
can fit into the recess to help keep it in place.
Position the pumpkin (or other form with stub)
onto the platform, glue in place if desired,
or use other temporary sticky substance as desired.
Here is the completed project,
with decorative ribbon tied around post.

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