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Inspired by their historical rarity, pineapples have long been a favoured subject for designers and architects, symbolizing warmth, welcome and luxury. As long as you take the time to get the combination of mountain and valley folds right, this exotic paper-engineered sculpture will add a tropical touch of art-deco glamour to your home.
Try making your pineapple in gold paper for a brass pineapple look and all-out glamour, or in yellow with green leaves for a fun, tropical feel.
© 2019 Sarah Louise Matthews / Roost Books · Reproduced with permission. · ‘Paper Craft Home’ by Sarah Louise Matthews ISBN: 9781782216209 RRP Price: £10.99 Publisher: Search Press Available from www.searchpress.com
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Place the creased piece in front of you, right-side up. Along the top is a row of trapezium shapes, each with a tab along its right edge. Work along the row, applying a thin layer of tacky glue to the front of each tab before attaching it to the back of the adjacent edge on the next trapezium. Repeat this along the bottom of the piece. You will now have a curved structure. Note that one edge of the piece is a zigzag and the other is straight. Position the zigzag edge on top of the straight edge, on the outside.
At the bottom of the piece is an octagon-shaped face. At this end, apply glue to the final trapezium tab and secure it to the back of the adjacent trapezium face, closing the shape. There will now be an octagon-shaped hole surrounded by seven tabs and an octagon-shaped face. Apply a thin layer of glue to each tab and press the octagon face down onto the tabs, aligning the edges while the glue dries.
Stand the white piece up so that the open end is at the top, then take the short leaves. Apply a dot of glue to the rectangular end of the first leaf, then attach it to the inside of the white piece so that it curves outward, aligning the scored line on the leaf with the white top edge. Gently fold the leaf along the score line where it meets the white piece so that it stands upwards. Repeat this with all remaining small leaves.
For this step you will need the longer single leaves. Take the first leaf and apply a thin layer of glue to the bottom 1.5cm (½in) at the rectangular end. Place in the middle of the pineapple, fixing the leaf to the inside of one of the short leaves, curving outwards and aligning the leaves at the base. Repeat this with all the remaining larger leaves.