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So! And now, I´ll show you, how to make the simple one, that I created in Canada in the late 90s. Once you know, how to do this one, then you can do
them all, cause the Principe doesn´t really change in making them.
This one here, will be the one, you saw above. Those were the red, gold and yellow ones with the Datel seeds in a glass of water on it. You don´t
have to follow it exact, the way I did it here. If you may have an easyer technique in measuring and what ever, then feel free to do it.
So, let´s start.
These are the tools, that you will need. A good glue, that dries pretty quick and a sharp knife. Don´t forget to place something underneath the
Bristle boards, like a cardboard matt or a flatt board.
Then you´ll need a pamphlet, that you will make now. You decide, how big to make it. Normally, it would be an almost perfect triangle, but here, I
left some room on it´s sides, to show some more measurements. The Base here, I made it 2 x 15 cm = 30 cm and the sides or slopes, 12.5 cm. Then
divide it in three parts of 1/3rds, so you will learn and know, where the middle and lower parts/levels are. That will also help you, when you want to
make a wine-pyramid, to know where to place the bottle in. Then, you need to draw in the window. Eighter do it, by doing precise measures on the one
side or just do it by free hand. Then, use your knife or pen and cut slightly into the material, but don´t cut it off yet, or draw deeply in, by
pressing the pen into the material, that will insure a "bend" marking. Should you happen to cut it off, don´t worry about it! It´s not that
Just take then the half and place it on the other side, where you now draw in around your template the other side of your window. That way, you may
insure to have two equal parts of a whole window.
Here, a more complex way of doing it! But even so, mistakes do occur and you may to do it over and over again, if you like to have it perfect.
But do remember, that "THAT" Template that you´re working on now, is THE TEMPLET! After this Template you´ve finished, you then make off it the
real Pyramid otherwise, you´ll have to do this whole, complicated process over and over again. :shocked: :undecided:
Now you may say, that the top part is smaller then the bottom! But, that´s not so! It´s an optical illusion! Now you take that finished Template and
place it on another Bristle board because now, you´ll be making the pyramid cover for it.
By placing the template in the middle of the BBoard, holding with one finger at the apex point and with the other hand, turning the template so, to
figure out, if all the 4 sides will fit on that BBoard. Then go back and draw in the point of the apex and the sides of the triangle. Make sure, to
also leave a gluing flap on one side of the end. You decide which one. I guess, it´ll depend on which one, if your left handed or right. You will
see, by gluing that flap to the other side, if you find it comfortable or not. I prefer to have it on the right hand side, opposite the ruler.
Now, before gluing it together, (for the original, actual pyramid model), draw in some decoration, like mine or of your tip. even if you screw it up,
don´t worry about it! It´s only an exercise for you. It´s better now, to screw it up, as when you screw it up at the actual model. Instead of
lines, place some Hieroglyphics on its sides.
So, This looks pretty good, doesn´t it? :wink:
Now, you turn it around and with a ruler, redraw the "bend" lines deeply, to be easily bend with the help of a ruler. That´s the more safer way of
bending the parts into place.
Now, it should look like that. Before gluing it (If it´s the Original one), readjust the parts, so they´re not too much bend.
And then, the pyramid should appear like that! Straight after the bend parts have been readjusted.
/°°°\ ...and now, we´re going to make the Base part of the pyramid. The principal is still the same only a bit different. Do mark the lines like
in the beginning, only now, you draw in the lines (see pen) and only those lines and NO window parts. That will be the floor for the Base.
That´s it! On one part of the side´s of the Base pyramid, you´ll have to draw in the top floor part. Also, above all the other three side parts,
don´t forget to draw in some flaps for the top floor to glue onto afterwards AND again, another side flap to glue the Base together so you´ll have a
Base, like the pyramid cover. Again, You decide on which end you´d like to have the side flap on!
After cutting it out, you´ll have a better over view of it. Now, you´ll need to do some decoration on it. That´ll be more fun later on, when you
start to use the pyramid for your experiments.
Drawing onto it such a wind rose, will always help and remind you, to correctly adjust your pyramid to the true north! Additionally, you may draw
other things onto it, like may be a nice galaxy with stars or a comet. Make it for yourself too, more interesting. (You should use water resistant
markers to prevent water droplet, smudge marks.)
Don´t forget to erase the pencil markings....
After you´re done drawing and bending, it´ll should look like that!
First, you should glue (on UR Original one), the sides together, it´s easyer that way instead of the other way around - first the top and then the
side! That way, may get you into trouble. :dazed
After having placed glue onto the parts, and have folded down that floor top, try to make sure, that it´s nicely in place and square. Also, place the
Base before the glue has dried, the Base onto a level ground, so it doesn´t tilt back and forth afterwards. Either way, that MAY happen anyways. If
that may bother you, you may glue a fuzzy rug underneath the pyramid. That should balance the definationes out. Here, we don´t have a bottom lid yet,
cause there´s still some work to be done, called Stabilizers. Or, if you´re not so artistically talented, don´t draw anything onto the Base. You
may place there a CD or DVD with it´s shiny side up, to be used as a napkin for water containers. Glued such a CD onto that Base part, looks nice
So, Now we´ve got so far.
For the Base stabilizers, you need to find out, the depth or height of the Base. In there, we´ll place "Rolls" from small ones to larger ones, that
will be glued underneath it, with or without flaps. The reason for that is, that, when you take a glass of water or something else heavy, that the
weight won´t bow the BBoard right there. In the end, by using it so often, it wouldn´t look afterwards in the long run so good.
HOW TO MEASURE THAT OUT? Place that Base onto a fluffy towel, better yet, the Base and the towel are situated on a peace of furniture, unless you
don´t mind to bend down like a snail. That way, to measure it´s height out, would be much easyer for you. Additionally to that, place a ruler or
something flat onto the Base. And now, you can measure exactly the height that you´ll need to know, for the stabilizers.
You´ll need the exact height of the cardboard. 2 millimeters too much or too low, is not going to look nice. To save some time with the gluing flaps,
Don´t do them! As soon as you´ve got the height of it, roll them together and glue them. Then, place droplets and smudges of glue onto one side of
them and place them into the Base, like shown. Do have at least one for the middle and a second one cause you never know, what you´ll place in there
in the future! IF you do use flaps, calculate the flaps onto it separately, just in case! :rose
Here´s such an example, what the stabilizers are for.
In this pic, I´ve been using gluing flaps, that´ll do make everything much more stable... Here, I´m holding some flappy down, so they get
themselves glued !
The outside ring/stabilizer isn´t glued yet! But that´s a good idea to have that many. It´s all up to you, how you make them, whether they´re
round or square.
And to close the bottm, just place the Base onto another peace of BBoard and draw around it. Don´t forget to place your flaps on that one too and
then glue it. Of course, you may have drawn that bottom Lid also at the beginning of the Base template, but, it may have been some how in the way. Now
I see it, you see? But before you glue the bottom onto it, don´t forget to place droplets onto the stabilizers top parts too!
And that´s how it looks, when it´s done. You can see, the cover pyramid seams to have a hangover! That´s because there is no Stabilizer for it´s
frame underneath it´s apex area. Glue in there also a nice but not too big square in, of about an inch or 1-1/2 that should do! Then, it would look
much better. Since that was an older, earlyer model of my pyramids. I didn´t think of placing underneath and through the apex such a wire. You may
want to do that here too, before you glue in the square apex "stabilizer" lid in.
Or, lets go another step further. After you did that with the wire, glue underneath it a smaller square peace and then onto that, looking at you a
round ring, like a stabilizor of about 1 centimeter height. That ring should fit glued onto another square opening which is a bit of a larger square.
That now covers the end part of the apex area. What´s it for? It´s, when you place your bottle of water or wine underneath it, the pyramid cover
will lay onto the wine bottles top part straight instead of toggling croaked around. It was just an idea but it does work!
Before you glue that square lid/cover in,
You´ll glue such a neck in, (like a stabilizer), that you stick your bottle into it and on the other side, at the end side, there too is an end
stopper of a flat peace. That will insure, that the cover pyramid lays level onto your bottle neck. Did you know, that the Base without the cover
pyramid, produces the same energy as with the pyramid cover?
The end, flat peace!
The finished product!
And that idea was out of That pyramid. That was before I started to make the wine-pyramids.
The Pharaoh head, I drew it off, of my TV, when the action movie, The Mummy" ran.
.......back to that Base Pyramid! You may additionally build in clear plastic windows, to keep your beverages, water or Food experiments clean and
dust free. Just by using School projection plastic. It´s harder then normal plastic, sturdier and clearer.
Measure out the interior of your window area plus some gluing space area. Make a BBoard copy of it and then, with a CD marker, draw the outlines onto
the plas. A CD marker won´t smudge. TYP! When you handle the plastic sheets, use soft gloves, to prevent smudgy streaks or finger prints on the
Mark in your to be glued area with your window BB template, with a pen or pencil and start gluing. Cautious about smudging the plas with glue! If it
happens, try by rubbing quickly over it, to loosen the glue. That might work with some glue types, just like this Patex glue here.
And now you´re actually done! The Cassette is for size comparison.
Allign it to the True North, and start going! :sunny
Datel Palm seeds!
Datel seeds from above! The white round spots, that´s where it starts to germinate!
[edit on 9-6-2008 by Wiseman]