Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2021: Day Six and Interlocked Double Accordions

The picture below isn’t a book, but it is one of the things you can make from interlocked accordions. The double lantern below was made with tinted vellum. This is suitable for electric candles only!

If you would like to try making one or both of today’s interlocked double accordion models, download and print Interlocked Accordions. The file will print on either A4 or 8.5 x 11 inch card stock. (I recommend card stock for your models as it is a bit easier to manipulate when it comes to the interlocking stage.)

Score the vertical dotted lines.

Cut out the strips along the red outline.

Pierce a small hole at the inner end of the short red lines.

Since you are using card stock, there is a bit of thickness which has to be allowed for. Remove a sliver of paper by cutting on either side of each short red lines from the pierced holes to the outer edges.

With the printed side down, fold your strip along the vertical score lines beginning with a mountain fold.

Holding one of your accordions with the printed side down, the second with the printed side up, and the slit edges facing each other, slide the two accordions together.

This is not particularly easy. I tried starting at one end and starting in the middle and found that the latter worked better for me. Even better would have been a second pair of hands! If you can get someone to hold one accordion while you manipulate the second, it should make things simpler. (Accordions with wider pages would probably be easier to handle.)

You should get a model that looks like this by interlocking the two accordions from the top half of the page.

As a sample of what one might do with this interlocked structure, here’s a student project from Emma Jackson. (This artist’s book was assembled in a different way, but could have been done with double accordions.)

The second double accordion is made and assembled the same way as the first, but because the slits are off-centre they produce a different structure.

This variation was the basis for the double lantern I showed at the beginning of the post.

Because the slits are asymmetrical, the closed structure is thicker in the middle. You would have to allow for that if making a cover or box.

All accordion structures offer the possibility of incorporating pop-ups, but with the double interlocked accordion you have not only a front and a back, but an inside to work with.

Perhaps this Dream Notebook from Lola Zhang will serve as an inspiration.

Please Note: If you are interested in projects that are more seasonal, check out star-themed posts from Advent 2017 and square-themed posts from Advent 2019. The theme —if you can call it that— for last December’s Advent posts was ‘something from almost nothing’ in consideration of all the people in various degrees of Covid-19 lockdown. There are toys and games and decorations and a few little DIY books. You will find those posts here.

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. I also create prints and drawings that are frequently text-inspired or text-based.
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4 Responses to Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2021: Day Six and Interlocked Double Accordions

  1. Vicki says:

    I love that you freely share your creative gift with us.


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