I first noticed this lovely little fold nestled amongst the masterpiece that is Eric Joisel’s Musicians, and decided that i must try to work out how to make it:
Now the “purists” amongst you will recognise this as a “Concertina”, but that is splitting hairs, given a “Bandonéon” is square, this is clearly hexagonal, but I digress.
Presenting a tantalising hand-drawn crease pattern idea on his memorial website, I decided to try and work out a method for this fold.
Unlike the original, my design is based on a 32 x 20 grid, making an extra gather in the bellows section (which is not a bad thing) and a simpler join along the long seam (which, sadly, I still needed to use double-sided tape to close).
The geometry of this model is really nice – the bellows almost fold themselves when the creases are laid in – I experimented with the seam in and thought it looked better with the strappy seams out in the bellows.
fashioning handles at the end happens quite naturally if you have been neat, and folding it without any extra creases is possible if you concentrate, making the presentation fold very tidy indeed.
I have folded many of these, they are lovely and, now I have a handle on the scaling factors and geometry there is a knack to making them that is quite easy to pick up.
On the same hand-drawn crease pattern, there is another that supposedly makes a saxophone – might give that a whirl as I seem to be in a musical instrument frame of mind at the moment. very happy with this one however, and need to move on from it.
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Great stuff. Just have to have a go at making this. Don’t suppose you’ve seen a pattern for a melodeon?
no sadly, that is a type of button accordion – if you find something I would appreciate a link. I am also on the look out for a piano accordion
I was thinking in folding the Bandoneon and I would like to know the size of the paper or may be better the size of the instrument in relation with the cp. Can you remember that?
Thank you very much