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1  Re: Straw Stars... in Discussion and Questions by Steph on: January 10, 2005 11:02:18 PM
Here is a giant paper star I made.  It took up five sheets of 8 1/2 x 11 paper cut in half lengthwise.  Applying that logic, I could make a star twice as big as that with ten sheets uncut.



I also have a 2 litre bottle of small paper stars that I'm slowly filling up.
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2  Re: The Oblique Strategies in Completed Projects by Steph on: May 30, 2004 11:55:30 AM







Ok.  I got more pictures.  The white deck is from the handmade decks I was going to send out and gave up on.  The blue deck is the one I made for myself.  What's nice about handwriting the deck is that you can arrange the phrases all over the card in different formations.  Give you a little more flexibility, but it is more time consuming.  What's nice about printing them out is that it looks much cleaner and neater and all you have to do is cut them out, but you don't get the same touch.
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3  The Oblique Strategies in Completed Projects by Steph on: May 29, 2004 10:28:59 PM
I discovered Brian Eno about two years ago through a Lester Bangs interview and have been a big Eno fan ever since.  Shortly thereafter, I became fascinated by the Oblique Strategies, which is a deck of simple cards with enigmatic prompts on them like "Water" and "Shortcut: A man trying to increase his virility by shoveling peas straight into his lap."  I made my own deck by cutting up sheets of cardstock and writing out all of the strategies by hand.  It was fun and I still use that deck.

Last November, it struck me that homemade Oblique Strategies decks would make wonderful Christmas gifts for four very dear friends I met over the past year.  At first, I was going to do all four decks by hand but that soon became impractical in light of the Christmas deadline and upcoming finals.  Instead, I made a word document, culled the 120 best cards from all editions of the deck, and formatted it for easy cutting.  Unfortunately, I didn't take any pictures of the printed decks.  However, I uploaded the document file I used.  It is in an unusual font so it may not show up well on many computers.  http://home.ripway.com/2004-1/50863/ObliqueStrategies4.doc

Pretty cards were only half of the work.  The decks had to have equally elegant boxes to go in.  After finals, I finally made a trip to Micheals and got four little trinket boxes, primer and glossy black spray paint.  While I was doing the actual painting, I covered the metal parts with rubber cement.  In hindsight, that just made things more difficult and I shouldn't have bothered with covering them because they would have come out fine anyway.  And here is a finished box.



The boxes made it to their destinations in time to still be considered New Years gifts.
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4  Glitter Bottle in Completed Projects by Steph on: February 21, 2004 06:03:58 PM
This is a glitter bottle based on a craft I made in kindergarten that used crayon shavings and crappy plastic bottles instead of good glitter and glass bottles.  I made this thing over four years ago and it has entertained me with sparkly goodness ever since.  It's very simple and takes only a few minutes to make.

http://home.ripway.com/2004-1/50863/GlitterBottleAtRest.JPG
http://home.ripway.com/2004-1/50863/GlitterBottleInAction.JPG

I took a lovely blue glass bottle and sterilized it by rinsing it in hot water.  Then I funneled a few teaspoons of silver glitter into the bottle and filled it with more boiling water, corked it, and let it cool off.  

I did the same thing with a Snapple Elements bottle that I fell in love with.  But, I filled it with larger multicolored sequins in assorted shapes.  When I poured the boiling water in, the sequins tainted the water pink.  I have since lost the bottle, sadly.  
<-- This isn't the actual bottle I made, but damn, I love the lines on the thing.
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