Gum Wrapper Origami Umbrella Project : Page 2 of 2
Origami Umbrella Project
Step 4: Connect the two top halves.
Bring the two halves together so the remaining connectors are aligned with each other. This should form a square with a small hole in the middle where they all meet.
Roll one of the two remaining connectors just like when you were joining the halves. Don't roll the 4th connector until after the next step.
Bend the spines
Take a flat gum wrapper and fold it in half end-to-end bringing the short straight sides together. This will give you the measure of how much of each spine to fold for the handle connector.
Pull each stick out from the center of the umbrella, making sure the stick only comes out about half-way. Also, make sure the stick is on the paper side (underside) of the wrappers that form the top. Bend each of the three (3) sticks straight up at that halfway point in each stick. Position the vertical pieces of the sticks as close together as possible in the exact center of the underside of the umbrella.
Roll the 4th connector
Insert last spine
Step 5: Connect the Handle.
Make a couple of spiral connectors about the diameter of a pencil. Wrap a stick around a pencil in a spiral until you run out of stick. Pull the spiral off the pencil and repeat for the 2nd one.
Put a stick in the middle of the 4 half sticks that are protruding from the underside of the umbrella. Slide a spiral connector down the stick and around the four half sticks until the spiral is around all 5 sticks. Tighten the spiral connector by twisting it around the sticks making the spiral's circumference smaller. Gently slide the spiral down to the point where the sticks meet in the little hole in the top. Repeat with a second spiral, but don't push this one down. Leave it at the other end of the short sticks.
Add the final piece of the Handle
You be done! ...or maybe not...
Step 6: Modification afterthought.
After making this umbrella I was admiring my handiwork and it got me to thinking. Umbrellas always have those supports underneath, usually near the top. The connectors to the handle looked longer they needed to be and could be used to provide the look of supports.
All I did for the modification was to slide the lower spiral connector off the handle and bent the sticks out from the center just above the upper spiral connector. This does provide the look of supports usually associated with umbrellas. It also makes the handle skinnier for a longer distance.
The supports really don't hold the top out or up. The bending of the sticks also loosened the connection to the handle. There always seems to be something when I make a modification that is a tradeoff ...I'll keep looking for ways to make it better. •
© 2008 Tom Hall. All rights reserved.
Tom is an artist expressing himself through gum wrapper origami. Tom is also an IT project manager so is looking for ways to incorporate innovation techniques to the many project processes used for work. More »