Very beautiful!!!!! What are you using to light it? And how are you securing it? I tried using a balled up string of LED christmas lights (to minimize fire hazard), with some paper glued around the cord inside the star as a 'stopper' to keep the light in about the center as long as it's hanging, with the battery pack left on the cord on the outside of the star for if it goes out (I've heard LEDs last much longer than their batteries) but that leaves me trying to figure out a good-looking harness to hang the battery box from, since the cord isn't really long enough to hang from the ceiling. Also the LED string I found only had 10 lights and I feel it's not bright enough, but the strings I saw with more lights seemed to be plug-in, rather than battery powered, and seemed to have the lightbulbs start too close to the plug to use the cord itself for hanging the star from. Your star has such a nice even glow, and a slender elegant cord coming out - PLEASE tell what you used, how you did it!!
There's math, but I didn't have to do it. One place to get the net for that and lots of other shapes is http://www.korthalsaltes.com/ That's the site that got me hooked on making stars in the first place.
There's also a very cool program called Great Stella http://www.software3d.com/Stella.php that can make printable nets for any shape you can think up, and also give useful information about mitre angles and stuff for working with wood, for instance.
I'd really like to try doing these with other materials like metal or wood but I haven't quite figured out how yet. Maybe somehow make a mold of something sturdy using the folded paper point, to act as like a mandrel for folding sheet metal or a base to prop triangles up on so they can be soddered together at the correct angles? Using metal would make a star lamp heavier and more impressive and able to safely use real lightbulbs instead of LEDs.
I've been wanting to try making a light up star for a good long time now, and I guess this month's challenge was the kick in the butt I needed!
It turns out that photographing a lit lamp is not as easy as I'd hoped, so please forgive the quality of the pix.
The star is about 7 inches. It's a "small stellated dodecahedron". It's made from this shimmery white cardstock that doesn't show up well in these pictures, but it really does shimmer. The bird is backed in blue foil. The leaves are backed in a couple layers of tracing paper. Inside the star is a balled up string of battery powered LED Christmas lights.
Thanks Craftster for inspiring me to finally do this!
The vine bangle... I can't believe how beautiful that is. I really can't get over it. This has to be the most awesome thing I've seen on this website, and it's I think the coolest non-paper thing I've seen on *any* website. Like, ever. Seriously. And I still don't think I've successfully described just how awed I am, but you probably get the picture anyway.
I looked at your site, and noticed you don't seem to have made any hair jewelry. Maybe it's just not your thing, but I bet you could make some really craaaaaaaaaazy awesome hair jewelry type stuff. Like barrettes and sticks and things that clip and wrap and dangle, things I haven't actually seen in real life, but I bet if anyone could do it awesome it'd be you.
Wowee wowee. I'm trying so hard to keep my language clean so as not to seem disrespectful, 'cause that's just the kind of language that comes to mind when I'm this impressed. But I guess what I can say is that just looking at the pictures feels super good. I'm so glad you're out there making such pretty things! You rule!!!
once you figure out the angle one time, if you're patient enough to write it down before you hit the checkmark (which i usually forget to do), you can just repeat that. or multiply it, so you dont have to rotate a rotated thing. Cause since its bitmappy instead of vectory, it seems to distort and blur just a little each time you change the size or angle. For stars that are actual mathy stellations, I can go check with this Great Stella program for my angles, otherwise its just a tedious zoomed-way-in trial and error thing. A friend's gonna give me Illustrator soon, which I've never used, but since that one's vectory it might be better for making or applying designs. Keep shit scalable and rotatable and more flexible. I hope. To do the triangle drawings, i keep a couple blank nets around and doodle a bunch of different triangles. To aim for symmetry i kinda eyeball a centerline down the middle, in light pencil, and any horizontal lines i think i might need too, trying to be parallel to the bottom. Usually, thats actually enough and no editing is really needed. If you come up with an easier way to do any of this, please share!!! And by the way... do you think that maybe using photoshop to help me makes the finished stars less cool or valuable or something? Cause to me it feels just a little like cheating. Like, why completely hand-color if I'm not going to completely hand-draw? If I'm using photoshop to assist in the drawing, why not just print it out colored? Tracing with a light table seems like less serious cheating. But maybe nowadays using computers doesn't diminish anything. I don't really know how it's perceived.
I usually eyeball it, and if its not symmetrical i edit a little in photoshop, when i go to copy and rotate the triangle to the rest of the net. The first few patterns I did i used no tracing and no computer, then i started drawing only a few triangles and tracing them onto the rest with a lamp under a glass table, then I got access to a scanner. Obviously, the photoshop way comes out the cleanest.
ug, I still havent shipped them out yet. But a friend came up with a very clever idea for keeping them safe that i'm gonna try. Regular printer paper works fine, but the especially flimsy kind makes especially delicate stars. Which is my big shipping problem, really. I used too weak paper for the biggest one. oooooops.