Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2020: Day Six and a second Interlace Star

Today’s post features a second interlace star, this time made from five strips of card stock.

You will need the template from the December 1, 2020 post. If you did not save it, you can download Interlace Stars. Cut out a template.

Assembly requires three clamps of some sort. This time I used my mini-clamps, but clothes pegs would do.

You will need five folded strips of card stock for each star. Cut a horizontal strip off  a sheet of card. It should be about 11 cm/4.25 in high by the width of the sheet.

Rotate your cut piece 45º so a short edge is facing you. Since you want to fold your card stock, it is easiest to score first, then fold, then cut to match the edge of the folded portion. Score as indicated by the dotted line 1.25 cm/0.5 in up from the bottom edge, fold over, then cut as indicated by the dashed line.

Repeat the process until you have five strips.

I did a test with the cardboard packaging from some tinned shellfish. After the flaps were removed the main box was a good length, so I just had to make strips.

The cardboard is a bit boring, but you could paint it or use it with the printed side out.

I find it difficult to throw out leftover invitations from my exhibitions. I also receive invitations to other people’s shows, so I have a collection. I thought some of them might do nicely for stars; the assembly instructions are photos of a star made from an invitation. The width of the card worked nicely without trimming. I cut it horizontally into strips using the process above.

I checked with David: he thinks the images of the steps are clear enough without further writing. (If you have questions, leave a message in the Comments.)





After removing the clamps you may need to push the strips together more tightly. Rotate the star and push from both sides.


We now have a string of postcard stars in our dining room.

About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than twenty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004.
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2 Responses to Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2020: Day Six and a second Interlace Star

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