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« on: January 18, 2009 07:50:35 PM »

12 yrs ago I learned how ta make these nifty string ornaments and ever since then I been trying ta perfect the very look of them... well 2 years ago i found the best procedure and exact sizes they needed ta be... and here are two pictures of the rainbow ones....
hanging

compared ta hand


hope you like em...pls let me know
OK I have it figured out Everyone...


Materials:
1)poster board<Thick> cut 3 inch stripes long way you should get 8-10 stripes out of this


2) Embroidery thread.. i use 12 ply but the rainbow ones I have posted are 6 ply(string)...the smaller the ply the longer it takes...but the more finely woven the ornament turns out, i have used 18 ply...but the the look isnt as well put tagether as you can see the thicker the ply the more unstable the weave


3) masking tape and bells if you wish, and scissors of course :-)

Making:
1) fold a piece of the 3 inch poster board stripe like how you fold a paper foot ball only making 2 folds at a time then unfold it and then with the next fold make it just a little bigger by 1 cm each fold,
this is the frame for the chim-chi... note: try ta make the folds accurate other wise it will collapse do 3 folds then unfold it and start again from where you left off.



2) make a tassel out of the same colour of thread your using  and we add this to the center of the poster board fold... at this time we also add the bells which is my own add on to the process... I also found if you dont want bells...add stones or more tassels... or what ever you prefer but we need each corner ta have something in it to be able to wrap/weave the chi to its perfection...note i will share how i cover the other corners... thats what makes my prototype My own*sorry*




*Note* I used two different colours of poster board only because it is easier to show how to fold  the 3 dimensional chi.... i only use one length of poster board...but if you go bigger you need two length poster board




3) once your main structure looks like this I take masking tape and cover two coats of over the whole skeleton of the chi for extra support and also masking tape allows the thread not ta slide/slip out of place



4) Now we are ready for weaving. the most time consuming task of the project... with the 3 inch dimensions on the rainbow chim-chi's I found when i use all 6 colours Its 9 to 11 rows of each colour,(using regular embroidering thread)  I like ta make sure they look proportionally correct... now to start the weaving..
make a slip knot with the colour of thread you'd like ta use and loop it over the tassel and pull tight.


then tape down the ending side to the middle


now choose a corner to start in and we start from the edges and work are way in,  starting the weave/wrap with with winding it around the corners with the bells first


once to wrapped it around the first corner stay onlong that edge but just on its other side and take it past the tassel and wrap the opposite corner


this is what it looks like from the top view when all the corners are done

and from here you can keep wrapping til you want a colour change... try a wrap it tight but not to tight your frame  it paper just remember that....
when you want to do a colour change make sure to tuck the knot .... when you've finally reached the top..... i tie it off with the tassel string and then braid it all tagether for it to be a hanging ornament



below is a chim-chi thats basketball size.... i have yet to perfect the dimensions of this size.... and havent temped it since i made all the chakra colours.... for these took 22 hours ta make from start to finish per each one.....


On the 3 inch ones from start to finish it should take no longer than 5-6 hours for your first one.... i can now make ONE from start to finish in 2 1/2-3 hrs....
Now if we have any questions on trial and error... please let me know...it can be frustrating...also when hiding the knot it can be difficult i use a butter knife ta slip it under the rest of the threat...
enjoy the chi making and GOOD LUCK to all Huggz
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BELOW IS HOW I DISACRIBE WHAT I USE IT FOR

CHIM-CHI

The chim-chi is
 a 100% all organic visual art display of healing.

The unique design structure is two 3-sided pyramids coexisting. The first is the top pyramid representing the mind/body/spirit of Male, the bottom pyramid is the mind/body/spirit of Female, and to have the rainbow of colour fusing them together in unity represents the bonding of Male and Female individuality.

When one spins the chim-chi, one will feel an instant alignment of ones true patterns, and understanding of long forgotten cycles of existence.

The rainbow of colours awaken all the unseen forces that surround the user,
allowing greater expansion in meditation.

If one spins the chim-chi clockwise, the focus is on the future. If one spins the chim-chi counterclockwise the focus is towards the past.

Upon spinning it counterclockwise one could also tap into past lives through use of controlled deep meditation, and seek out what is holding one back and if needed allowing one to cut past Love's oaths that hold one back from growth and expansion, thus also allowing one to gain control over forgotten knowledge!

REMEMBER: you are supposed to focus!

COLOURS

Black: Root Chakra (bottom of feet) destruction of all negativity, protection over all that isnt Divine.
Brown: 2nd Chakra (legs) this area rules with anything that deals with animals and animal guides.
Red: 3rd Chakra, (pelvis) this multi-use colour rules passion and pride, heals the body, protects the spirit, is bringer of pride, bearer of bravery.
Orange: 4th Chakra (lower intestines) this multi-use colour aligns and helps the lower body, also invites positive attraction to friendships, influences courage and heroism.
Yellow: 5th Chakra (abdominal/upper intestines) great for circulatory and blood flow, rules over all mental work, meditation, intellect, and trust.
Green: 6th Chakra (co-ruler of heart) creates a perfect balance of unity, promotes acceptance of growth and change, allows prosperity and fertility of ideas to come abundantly to mind, also rules over any plant life! (Herbology)
Pink: 7th Chakra (second co-ruler of heart) when COMPANIED  with green it will heal and ward off heart disease, and strengthen and balance the emotional heart. Pink rules all aspects of love.
Blue: 8th Chakra (co-ruler of throat) blue rules over the emotional field allowing one to do mental and spiritual work while protecting; bringing with it love and peace with understanding.
Grey: 9th Chakra (co-ruler of throat) anything dealing with the spoken word, including story telling, literature, and any other forms of communication.
Gold: 10th Chakra (right hand, sun) all that deals with masculine energies; physical strength, work, hardships, and perseverance.
Silver: 11th Chakra (left hand, moon) all that deals with feminine energies; ethereal understanding, physical healing and protection.
Violet Purple: 12th Chakra (3rd eye) all that is spiritual, allows one to see and understand the voice of the divine spirit, brings forth perception, imagination and illusion
White: 13th Chakra (brain/top of head) purity of all things mind/body/spirit; brings forth blessings and prayers.
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« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2009 08:05:17 PM »

Those are really awesome!!!  Could you describe how they're made?  They are beautiful!
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« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2009 08:24:08 PM »

Agreed! Those are truly gorgeous, I'd LOVE to know more about them.
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« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2009 09:24:44 PM »

They look nifty.  I, too, would like to know how they come together.
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« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2009 11:44:58 PM »

Indeed I can... give me some time to map out the dimentions and put a tutorial tagether ok
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« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2009 12:50:23 AM »

Wow, thank you! That's generous Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2009 07:50:09 AM »

The ornaments are beautiful! I like the way you incorporated the chakra colours! A tut would be great!!
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« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2009 08:17:50 AM »

very pretty! if these are all made out of string then i'm way impressed Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2009 09:41:27 AM »

Yeah, that's why I was wondering how you made them, they look really beautiful, and you totally can't tell what they're made from!!  If that is all string, then you are a magician!!
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Wow, they're amazing!  I'd love to know how to make them.
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« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2009 02:32:51 AM »

They look wonderful!
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« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2009 04:06:00 AM »

these things are amazing! It takes him forever to make them, but they are so sturdy. I still have the first one he gave me almost 10 years ago I think!  they are much more impressive in person...

I was trying to see if I have any pics of the HUGE ones he made, but I can't find any  Embarrassed 

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« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2009 08:53:34 AM »

OK I have it figured out Everyone...


Materials:
1)poster board<Thick> cut 3 inch stripes long way you should get 8-10 stripes out of this


2) Embroidery thread.. i use 12 ply but the rainbow ones I have posted are 6 ply(string)...the smaller the ply the longer it takes...but the more finely woven the ornament turns out, i have used 18 ply...but the the look isnt as well put tagether as you can see the thicker the ply the more unstable the weave


3) masking tape and bells if you wish, and scissors of course :-)

Making:
1) fold a piece of the 3 inch poster board stripe like how you fold a paper foot ball only making 2 folds at a time then unfold it and then with the next fold make it just a little bigger by 1 cm each fold,
this is the frame for the chim-chi... note: try ta make the folds accurate other wise it will collapse do 3 folds then unfold it and start again from where you left off.



2) make a tassel out of the same colour of thread your using  and we add this to the center of the poster board fold... at this time we also add the bells which is my own add on to the process... I also found if you dont want bells...add stones or more tassels... or what ever you prefer but we need each corner ta have something in it to be able to wrap/weave the chi to its perfection...note i will share how i cover the other corners... thats what makes my prototype My own*sorry*




*Note* I used two different colours of poster board only because it is easier to show how to fold  the 3 dimensional chi.... i only use one length of poster board...but if you go bigger you need two length poster board




3) once your main structure looks like this I take masking tape and cover two coats of over the whole skeleton of the chi for extra support and also masking tape allows the thread not ta slide/slip out of place



4) Now we are ready for weaving. the most time consuming task of the project... with the 3 inch dimensions on the rainbow chim-chi's I found when i use all 6 colours Its 9 to 11 rows of each colour,(using regular embroidering thread)  I like ta make sure they look proportionally correct... now to start the weaving..
make a slip knot with the colour of thread you'd like ta use and loop it over the tassel and pull tight.


then tape down the ending side to the middle


now choose a corner to start in and we start from the edges and work are way in,  starting the weave/wrap with with winding it around the corners with the bells first


once to wrapped it around the first corner stay onlong that edge but just on its other side and take it past the tassel and wrap the opposite corner


this is what it looks like from the top view when all the corners are done

and from here you can keep wrapping til you want a colour change... try a wrap it tight but not to tight your frame  it paper just remember that....
when you want to do a colour change make sure to tuck the knot .... when you've finally reached the top..... i tie it off with the tassel string and then braid it all tagether for it to be a hanging ornament



below is a chim-chi thats basketball size.... i have yet to perfect the dimensions of this size.... and havent temped it since i made all the chakra colours.... for these took 22 hours ta make from start to finish per each one.....


On the 3 inch ones from start to finish it should take no longer than 5-6 hours for your first one.... i can now make ONE from start to finish in 2 1/2-3 hrs....
Now if we have any questions on trial and error... please let me know...it can be frustrating...also when hiding the knot it can be difficult i use a butter knife ta slip it under the rest of the threat...
enjoy the chi making and GOOD LUCK to all Huggz
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BELOW IS HOW I DISACRIBE WHAT I USE IT FOR

CHIM-CHI

The chim-chi is
 a 100% all organic visual art display of healing.

The unique design structure is two 3-sided pyramids coexisting. The first is the top pyramid representing the mind/body/spirit of Male, the bottom pyramid is the mind/body/spirit of Female, and to have the rainbow of colour fusing them together in unity represents the bonding of Male and Female individuality.

When one spins the chim-chi, one will feel an instant alignment of ones true patterns, and understanding of long forgotten cycles of existence.

The rainbow of colours awaken all the unseen forces that surround the user,
allowing greater expansion in meditation.

If one spins the chim-chi clockwise, the focus is on the future. If one spins the chim-chi counterclockwise the focus is towards the past.

Upon spinning it counterclockwise one could also tap into past lives through use of controlled deep meditation, and seek out what is holding one back and if needed allowing one to cut past Love's oaths that hold one back from growth and expansion, thus also allowing one to gain control over forgotten knowledge!

REMEMBER: you are supposed to focus!

COLOURS

Black: Root Chakra (bottom of feet) destruction of all negativity, protection over all that isnt Divine.
Brown: 2nd Chakra (legs) this area rules with anything that deals with animals and animal guides.
Red: 3rd Chakra, (pelvis) this multi-use colour rules passion and pride, heals the body, protects the spirit, is bringer of pride, bearer of bravery.
Orange: 4th Chakra (lower intestines) this multi-use colour aligns and helps the lower body, also invites positive attraction to friendships, influences courage and heroism.
Yellow: 5th Chakra (abdominal/upper intestines) great for circulatory and blood flow, rules over all mental work, meditation, intellect, and trust.
Green: 6th Chakra (co-ruler of heart) creates a perfect balance of unity, promotes acceptance of growth and change, allows prosperity and fertility of ideas to come abundantly to mind, also rules over any plant life! (Herbology)
Pink: 7th Chakra (second co-ruler of heart) when COMPANIED  with green it will heal and ward off heart disease, and strengthen and balance the emotional heart. Pink rules all aspects of love.
Blue: 8th Chakra (co-ruler of throat) blue rules over the emotional field allowing one to do mental and spiritual work while protecting; bringing with it love and peace with understanding.
Grey: 9th Chakra (co-ruler of throat) anything dealing with the spoken word, including story telling, literature, and any other forms of communication.
Gold: 10th Chakra (right hand, sun) all that deals with masculine energies; physical strength, work, hardships, and perseverance.
Silver: 11th Chakra (left hand, moon) all that deals with feminine energies; ethereal understanding, physical healing and protection.
Violet Purple: 12th Chakra (3rd eye) all that is spiritual, allows one to see and understand the voice of the divine spirit, brings forth perception, imagination and illusion
White: 13th Chakra (brain/top of head) purity of all things mind/body/spirit; brings forth blessings and prayers.
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« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2009 09:51:31 AM »

You're right.  It's confusing.  I'll wait for pics. 
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« Reply #14 on: January 20, 2009 12:56:20 PM »

Thanks a lot Toby, I'll go get some embroidery floss and bells and wait here Wink
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« Reply #15 on: January 20, 2009 04:18:35 PM »

Ok there you go..... Have fun and if you have questions on trial and error...please let me know...it can get frustrating
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« Reply #16 on: January 20, 2009 04:22:22 PM »

Thank you Toby, that's fantastic!! I'll be making some really soon and I'll post them here when I do Smiley Great tute!
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« Reply #17 on: January 21, 2009 06:28:45 AM »

All I can say is WOW!
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« Reply #18 on: January 21, 2009 08:50:25 AM »

Well, it still looks a little confusing, but I'm going to try this anyway.  I think it will be a fun project.
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« Reply #19 on: January 22, 2009 05:51:23 PM »

OK NEW CHI's.....Does the different type of string look alright>Huh
i just just like it because it doesnt do the awesome effects the rainbow ones do while spinning.


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« Reply #20 on: January 22, 2009 06:09:48 PM »

Looks like ribbon instead of string.  Really cool!!
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« Reply #21 on: January 30, 2009 10:43:17 AM »

Sorry ta add that part Oye...
It is ribbon instead of string.... I made a few skeletons that weren't as sturdy as they should have been for the actual embroidery thread,

ALSO:Does anyone NOT know how ta make a tassel>Huh I forgot to add the steps of making the tassel itself in the Tut.
If you need help just email
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« Reply #22 on: February 14, 2009 09:54:03 PM »

This is so cool!  My sister had a mobile (sort of) made of these, and some cubes all attached together but made the same way.

I am so excited to learn how to do this! Thanks for posting, and for the tutorial!!  Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: February 15, 2009 09:49:31 AM »

This is so cool!  My sister had a mobile (sort of) made of these, and some cubes all attached together but made the same way.

I am so excited to learn how to do this! Thanks for posting, and for the tutorial!!  Smiley
Partera~Your more than welcome...it is a bit confusing but email me anytime ill trouble shoot with you...
plus as said before if you don't know how ta make a tassel ill post the tut for that as well... but i figured since everyone here crafts I thought you all knew how ta make em...
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« Reply #24 on: February 26, 2009 09:47:12 AM »

YAY Glad ta hear everyone doing well on there chim-chi's hope all is well
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« Reply #25 on: February 26, 2009 05:02:00 PM »

Very nice indeed! but the instructions was not that clear.  Smiley)
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YAY Glad ta hear everyone doing well on there chim-chi's hope all is well

I started some to make for a friend! I'll be sure to give you pics when it's done. Smiley
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« Reply #27 on: June 02, 2009 09:20:11 AM »

very lovely and fantastic descriptions! on my to do list definately ^_^
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« Reply #28 on: June 02, 2009 09:38:33 PM »

Awe thanks girls... I hope you succeed with the chim-chi challenge heavens Knows i've just been in spinning craze with them for almost a Bakers dozen of yrs YaY....and Greatest of Luck

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« Reply #29 on: June 10, 2009 05:00:18 AM »

How do you fold up the poster board base??
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« Reply #30 on: June 11, 2009 04:00:11 PM »

How do you fold up the poster board base??

see thats the tricky part of it...hard ta explain unless im in front of you doing it... i was thinking about posting a little u-tube video ta go with explaining it.... but it a 3-d wrapped diamond shape...it takes form if you let it lightly fold itself once youve done the first fold step process
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« Reply #31 on: June 12, 2009 04:06:31 AM »

Sorry I don't mean to be a pain the rear end...but I have a suggestion on how to make it a little more obvious with still pictures.... if you are up for it.

Start with white poster board, and cut yours strips then fold it up and unfold and trace the fold lines with a dark marker so the hill and valley folds show up.  Then start to fold it up and take severla pics as you go.

again just a suggestion.

I have been looking at all kinds of origami sites and none have an octahedron folded with just a straight strip of paper.  This intrigues me.  LOL
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« Reply #32 on: September 22, 2009 04:19:44 PM »

I figured out the folding....This might help.


Also, once they are folded, you need to tape the loose side to the whole. That is how to keep it in one shape.

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« Reply #33 on: September 23, 2009 01:41:27 AM »

Oh toby these are gorgeous!
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« Reply #34 on: September 23, 2009 09:04:06 PM »

I figured out the folding....This might help.


Also, once they are folded, you need to tape the loose side to the whole. That is how to keep it in one shape.

Fold all on one side of the paper. Don't flip the paper.

http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/183236_22Sep09_folds.JPG

This is a total life saver PPR thanks so much.... and right dont flip the paper fold ALL on one side then tape end the the Whole of the folded project.....

Nope tassel and bells and gems anything that dangles from the chim chi has ta be added be for you fold the structure base....

I usually tape the whole thing be for wrapping...it helps ta make it not slide together
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« Reply #35 on: September 24, 2009 06:34:19 AM »

No problemo.

I have discovered the following after making about 6 or 8 of them so far...

1.) I am making mine with card stock cut into 1.5" x 12" strips. This leaves a bit at the end which can be tucked in to hold it together without tape if desired

2.) HOWEVER -- I am wrapping mine first with masking tape, with the sticky side out. It helps to hold the string/ribbon when wrapping it.

3.) I am using quilting pins with fancy heads (hearts, flowers, colored balls) as the ends.  Seems to be working very well.


I still have to practice the wrapping of the string. I am using crocheting thread. It's a pain in the butt. So mine are still too sloppy to show off.I think i am going to try a few with fabric scraps also =).

Thanks for this Toby, I love them, and am making a few to send in a swap.
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« Reply #36 on: September 27, 2009 06:37:45 PM »

yeah i myself use 12 ply cross stitch string but ordered the ton of 8 ply by mistake.... so it takes longer to make but some of the details on a few are fabulous.... and I am really glad ta hear someone out there gets how to make them besides me yay ....
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« Reply #37 on: September 28, 2009 10:24:46 AM »

These are awesome!  I'm definitely trying these.
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« Reply #38 on: July 20, 2010 05:16:44 AM »

 Huh
after ruining several sheets of paper, finding tons of cimchi recipes but nothing on Chimchi's I am here to ask if anyone please could help this visual learner.
I looked up vids on how to fold a football but what I found didnt look 3d so that didn't help either... I just can't get how I'm folding this and was really looking forward to making one for my mum who just got home after receiving the last of her Chemo.

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