The Dome Nativity, yours as a Premium Download, Printed Sheet — or as two Miniatures!
by, 05-29-2012 at 11:22 AM (6848 Views)
Ingenious construction — and beautiful art — create a superb 3-D effect with just three pieces…
Four little angels seem to slide from the beam of a six-pointed star, an Easter dome crowns the manger, and the Nativity literally unfolds under its decorated arches: the Joseph and Mary & Child panels fold backwards, the center post, kneeling magi and Shepherd pieces forward, and voilá! A marvelous 3-D paper nativity stands before you.
The Dome Nativity
Collin with his Dome Miniature Nativity 1 & 2 — Can you tell the differences between the two? Collin can! (See larger images of Miniatures 1 & 2 below.)
Standing over 14 inches high, the vintage Dome Nativity is a marvelous example of the paper engineer's art: just three pieces — the manger, magi and shepherd pieces — are ingeniously folded to create a wonderful 3-D crèche.
As is the case with vintage German paper nativities, the Dome Nativity art is superb, made even more three dimensional by the deep relief allowed by its heavy, glossy, cardboard.
You can feel the leaves of the palms draped over the manger, the folds of the rich garments of the Kings of the East, the elaborate blue-white-and-red designs that elaborately decorate the arches.
Two cuts separate the foliage from either side of the manger roof, and two more the Joseph and Mary manger walls which are then folded backwards and attached to each other. The center, foliage draped, post folds in half and extends towards the front.
Behind it, folded in half, is attached the Kneeling Magi piece, and in front of the center post the Shepherd-and-son-and-sheep enclose the manger.
A Premium Download, Printed Sheet — and two Miniatures!
I have had requests to share the Dome Nativity with you, but the vintage original's large dimensions — flat, it measures 20 x 14 inches — would require a larger sheet than most home printers could accommodate.
My solution? Offering the Dome Nativity as a miniature that could easily fit on letter-size paper.
Six-year-old crèche enthusiast Collin, shown above, shows the two miniatures inspired by the vintage Dome Nativity.
In creating Dome Miniature Nativity 1[/B] and Dome Miniature Nativity 2, I simplified the design, eliminating the center post, its double-wide aspect, and dome folds.
In fact, I did more than that, as you can see from a closer inspection of Dome Miniature Nativity 1[/B] shown at left.
Measuring just 3.5 inches wide x 4 3/8 high x .75 deep, Dome Miniature Nativity 1 features the Adoration of the Magi. Dome Miniature Nativity 2 Measures 3.5 inches wide x 4 3/8 high x .75 deep and features the Adoration of the Shepherds and a recessed Dome.
You'll notice that the dome of Dome Miniature Nativity 1[/B] extends above the arched front which now extends .75 inches in front of the back and attaches to it with sides decorated with cellophane-covered windows (see image at left).
You'll also note that the Nativity scene is a mirror-image of the original (shown at the top of the page), with the Standing Kings of the East at left, the Kneeling Magi at right.
Dome Miniature Nativity 2[/B] features a more elaborate construction: the dome is now a part of the manger background, and a slanted roof joins it and the front (see image below left).
Dome Miniature Nativity 2[/B] depicts the Adoration of the Shepherds, and so a Shepherd — his cape and a lamb over his right shoulder — is accompanied by his son in goat dress and their sheep.
The four little angels now hover not on the dome but just above the front arch, adding to the nice 3-D effect.
The Dome Nativity Premium Download is also available as a Dome Nativity Sheet, and the Dome Miniature Nativity 1 and Dome Miniature Nativity 2 as Premium Downloads, Printed Sheets, or a number of other — some might say irresistible — collections of Premium Downloads and Printed Sheets.