Tessellating Tyvek

25 Days of Paper 2016, Day 13

Indigo Petal Cascade Necklace: Brass and abaca paper indigo petals, ombre dyed, on a sterling silver chain.

Indigo Petal Cascade Necklace: Brass and abaca paper indigo petals, ombre dyed, on a sterling silver chain.

Editor’s correction: Yesterday, I forgot to include the discount code for Verso’s lovely jewelry. Please click here to view Verso’s Etsy shop and enter papermaker to receive a 20% discount on your purchase!

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These Tessellating Tyvek Lanterns are the June project in the Twelve Months of Paper calendar. Tyvek is one of those wonder materials. It acts like paper, but is water resistant and virtually tear-proof. It folds really well too.

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It comes in white and black (I bought a discounted roll here) and you can stain it with acrylic paint, watercolor or ink. As you can see, I stained both sides of the Tyvek for these lanterns.

Do you know how to fold an accordion? I made a short video (this video shows the technique, although not with the actual paper for this project).

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Here you can see the many possibilities of this structure. Vary the shape, punch holes through each accordion, or alter the tessellating folds. I’ve used double-sided tape, glue or velcro dots to bind the seam (the velcro dots make the lanterns reversible).

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About the 25 Days of Paper 2016: It’s a great time to celebrate paper, and I’m delighted to share my ideas for using this amazing material with you. If you’d like more info about the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar, click here. Receive these blog updates via e-mail by adding your address in the upper right hand corner of this page. Enjoy the season, and feel free to leave a comment below and check out what people are making in the 25 Days of Paper FB Group!

1 comment to Tessellating Tyvek

  • Hi Helen,
    I’ve been looking at the tyvek at the link you provided (thank you!) There are many different kinds. Do you recommend one kind over the other, or do you find you can make any of them work for you?

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I'm an artist working primarily in handmade paper; I write how-to books and make films about papermaking and paper arts; and I love learning about new techniques and methods for working with paper! You can learn more about me at http://www.helenhiebertstudio.com

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