Sunday, April 5, 2020

Egg 3D Ornament Twist Slice

This fun dimensional egg ornament for Easter decorating 
is a “twist” on the traditional slice form. 
Cut egg shapes from double-sided print paper 
then bend along center perforation line, stack, 
attach center wire then twist into a hanging loop. 
Strategically glue the slices pairs together. 
Add ribbon bow. 
Measures approx. 3.25” tall x 2.75” wide 
x 2.75” deep (without wire hanging loop).  

ASSEMBLY: 1. Identify and cut the shapes:
cut 12 egg shapes (layout shows one egg reversed)
for best effect, egg shapes need to have coordinated
but different patterns on the front and backside.
The model project print papers were of the "printed paper"
weight, one sided, which were fused together by spray
adhesive to effectively create two-sided prints which
approximated lighter weight card stock. 
2. Bend each egg in half along the vertical center perforation
line. Bend half toward print A (green in the sample), and . . .
. . . half toward side B (blue in the sample).
3. Note that tiny 'x' cuts at upper sides and lower sides
(indicated by the pointing fingers) will show where
to join the adjacent edges to form the "twist".
4. Layer the eggs into a stack, alternating A or B side
facing up. Take NOTE that the print that is in the TOP
of stack position will show thru at the bottom of the twist,
and the print that is SECOND will show thru at the top.
These next two images show that the top egg
in the stack has side B up, then egg #2 has side B up . . .
. . . egg #3 has side B up, and so forth.
5. Line up all cut edges as precisely as possible, then . . .
. . . bend a length of fine gauge floral wire around
the center of the egg stack.
Tightly twist the wire ends together at the top
edge of the eggs stack (take care NOT to damage
or cut into the paper) . . . 
. . . wrap the excess ends around a pencil or dowel
(or equivalent) to form a hanging loop, then add
a couple of twists to lock the loop shape into position.
Direct one end to the front of the stack, and
the other end to the back of the stack (to distribute
the bulk of the wire), then snip away the excess
leaving enough of a tail to keep it from flipping up
from being hidden within the eventual folds of the "twists".
6. Gently begin to re-arrange the slices into their dimensional
form, with the top and bottom two folding together to hide
the wires . . .
. . . until the egg has its preliminary "final" shape.
7. Prepare to join the adjacent pairs of slices to
form the "twist" by identifying the tiny 'x' marks
at the top of the first (top of stack) slice.
Add a dot or dab of quick-grab glue such as
hot melt shown, or Fabri-Tack liquid on ONE only of
the upper 'x's of the two facing print B egg faces,
then press the first two slices together at the 'x'
where the glue is, make sure the egg edges align,
and hold together until secure.
9. Move to the #2 and #3 slices (working toward left
in this sample tutorial) to locate the 'x's, 
add dab of glue on ONE, then push the slides
together, align edges, and hold until secure.
10. Move to the right side of center joined slices
to repeat the lower 'x' gluing of the two slices
on that side.

11. Continue in this manner to alternate the position
of the glue-dot location from upper to lower at the 'x' marks
as you continue around the egg.
NOTE that the coloration of the slices will offer guidance:
one print/color will join at upper, other print/color at lower.
Here, the final (back) slices are being joined at the upper 'x'.
12. Flex and fan the slices carefully around the egg
to adjust for a symmetrical, dimensional shape.
Here is the completed egg form.
Tie a small ribbon bow at the hanging loop
if desired.