Swirling Pendulum


The Swirling Pendulum is quite large, about 28 cm high. The object has been under construction for quite some time, while I was trying to figure out how to make an acceptable finish near the two tops. The base of the weaving is the abdominal belt where the arms are fixed. From here you weave the body towards the tops. Weaving is quite simple, you need no paperclips – the shape of the arms is in favor of being woven. You just need to spend some effort on tightening and lining up. Finally you fix the end of the arms to a smaller conical belt – this together with the size of your fingertips are what set the requirement for a somewhat large object – and then add a small cone to form the top.

swirling pendulum pattern 1 swirling pendulum pattern 2 swirling pendulum pattern 3

To support the large shape the quality of the paper for the arms need to be at least 140 g/m2.

For the object you need to cut out:

  • 6 arms of type 1 (Page 1) in colour A
  • 6 arms of type 1 (Page 1) in colour B
  • 6 arms of type 2 (Page 2) in colour A
  • 6 arms of type 2 (Page 2) in colour B
  • The pieces on Page 3 in colour C


1. Take the two long strips and fix them with glue to form one long strip.


2. Take an arm of type 1 and place the arm perpendicular to the strip as indicated. The arm should go above the overlap, but so that the open edge is not visible through the hole. Fix with glue.


3. Add the additional 11 arms, colours alternating. Make sure that the arms make a perfect fit next to each other.


4. Add and fix the 12 arms of type 2 exactly lined up as indicated. Colour A should go on colour B and vice versa. Make sure to turn the arms so that they swirl in the opposite direction of those already fixed.


5. Cut away one – and only one – end of the long strip just next to the nearest arm.


6. Turn the project rear side up. Place it flat on the table. Fold back all arms around the long strip, so that they all stand up from the surface.

7. Also make creases along the wide strip in between the 12 sets of arms.

8. Join the ends of the wide strip forming a 12 edged ring and fix thoroughly with glue.

9. Weave the first of the pendulum’s two concave surfaces. Just weave, you do not need to use paperclips to keep the arms together.

10. When all is woven, use a pair of tweezers to tighten and line up the weaving.

11. Fix the ends of the arms two by two. Because the quality of the paper may vary it cannot be said beforehand if the ends of the arms will make a perfect overlap – or not. It is however not important. Important is, that the arms appear equally long and form a smooth upper edge.


12. Take one of the small curved strips and join the ends to a ring using the small notch as an indicator measuring the size of the overlap. Fix with glue.

13. Smear glue on the outside of this small truncated cone. Insert the shape in between the pairs of arms – most narrow opening upwards. Press the arms onto the surface. Possibly add some extra glue on the rear side of the arms to help a steadier fixing.

14. Weave and fix the pendulum’s other side in the same way.


15. Take a small cone piece and crease along the dotted line indicated. Form the cone and fix with glue.

16. Line up and fix the small cone covering one of the truncated cones on the pendulum.

17. Take the other small cone piece and form and fix the cone. Insert at piece of string with a pearl or button at the end.

18. Fix the assembly covering the end of the pendulum’s upper surface.

19. Now you may hang your Swirling Pendulum.

Here are pdf-files for cutting: swirling pendulum cut 1 ; swirling pendulum cut 2 ; swirling pendulum cut 3

2 thoughts on “Swirling Pendulum

  1. I’ve found your book very interesting, because i’was interesting in paper and weaving and so i’m so enthusiastic to see this blog, thanks a lot to share ! (Is there other book i can find in french ?)

    • Hi Sandra! Thank you for your interest in our blog. So far we have only published “L’art du tressage de papier” in french. However, this book includes thorough instructions for the basic skills necessary to make all types of our woven ornaments. When learned you may not find it too difficult to figure out how to prepare the other ornaments published on this blog.

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