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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Origami Stellated Dodecahedron on: May 23, 2013 09:04:20 PM
Thanks!

I don't remember how long it took.  Once I hit my stride, I could fold each module in about a minute but assembly was tricky.  I also had to manually cut each square out of the 8.5"x11" cardstock, which took a bunch of time.  I worked on and off on it for a couple of days. 
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Origami Stellated Dodecahedron on: May 23, 2013 04:54:15 PM
I made this over winter break, following a pattern from Miyuki Kawamura's "Polyhedron Origami for Beginners" (although I inverted it to give it texture; normally each face would be smooth, but I liked how the 'internal' folds looked).



It's a stellated dodecahedron (aka dodecahedral star) made from 30 7.2x7.2cm units of construction paper.  There is a little bit of tape holding the modules together.  As you can kind of see from the picture, it has three colors, none of which touches itself along a side.

It was my first try folding origami from construction paper -- the heavier weight makes creases softer -- but I think it turned out okay.  Since I took pictures during construction, I may make a tutorial if there's interest. 

Comments, questions, and criticism welcomed and appreciated. 
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: mixed metal necklace on: May 23, 2013 04:46:08 PM
I like the symmetry and the geometry of the pieces.  The colors/types of metal go together well.  Do you know what gage sheet metal this was? 
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Butterfly Ear Cuff on: September 11, 2012 09:50:27 PM
This is beautiful -- so simplistic, but gorgeous.  Are the wings also brass?
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: wildlife silhouette pendants on: August 14, 2012 08:05:43 PM
These are seriously awesome.  I like the rough edge to some of the etchings -- gives character and texture -- and it's a very smooth color.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: geek love wire ear pins on: August 14, 2012 11:37:53 AM
Those look really cool!  Your wire-handwriting is very nice.

As someone without pierced ears, is all wire safe to use for this?
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Copper Viking Knit Choker on: July 30, 2012 08:14:58 PM
After hearing you guys' reviews of Renaissance wax, I ordered some from Amazon and hope to try it soon -- posting the results, of course.
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first day making jewelry! Tree of Life and Birds Nest pendants on: July 30, 2012 08:13:19 PM
The Trree of Life looks great.  If you hadn't mentioned the wire breaking, I never would have guessed.

In my experience (and basic mat-sci knowlege) wire tends to break due to over-work.  Bending or hammering wire work-hardens it and makes it keep its shape, but also makes it more brittle.  This causes the wire to break eventually if you keep bending/hammering it (you can see this by bending a paperclip back and forth). 

In my experience, thinner wire reaches this point more quickly.  Limiting unnecessary bending or twisting of the wire should reduce breaking, though. 

What gauge and type of wire were you using?         
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Copper Viking Knit Choker on: July 18, 2012 11:45:44 AM
I wasn't timing, but it probably took somewhere around 5 hours total. 
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Copper Viking Knit Choker on: July 13, 2012 10:10:06 AM
Silverware cleaner is available in liquid and paste forms, and most are copper-friendly because of the prevalence of silver-plated copper tea pots in the world. My mother always bought the paste because she said the liquid stuff didn't work as well on her antique tea set, but if you find your copper pieces getting grungy, a light soak in the liquid cleaner should help. I would look at stores that sell fine tableware, although it's possible that Walmart or other superstores will carry it.

I hadn't even though of using silverware cleaner for copper.  Thanks, that's definitely something I'll look into!
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