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« on: June 21, 2009 04:05:46 PM »

First entry on the papercraft boards.  Hi all.  
A few months ago, I saw a video on the web about making these lucky stars.  They are a great, small craft to do while watching movies or traveling on planes (which I do a lot for work) or car rides.  After I'd piled up a couple hundred, I decided I should do something with them.  I'm always looking for new banners for my blog, so I figured this would work.  

This is the finished banner, about 1120 completed stars.  I made lots more, but I didn't want any patterned papers or too many pastels, so just the bright, plain ones made it into the banner.

I tried to make myself a graph to work from in Photoshop, but one cannot select both custom colors AND custom gradients, so I gave up and just used it to make a general idea of the slashes of color.  I drew out a grid of .75" squares, punched holes in each grid corner and used that as a stencil template to put positioning Xs on a foam board I spray painted with primer.  Then, it was just placing stars where they belonged.  In the above photo, you can see me putting down the text star pixels.

Close-up of the A.
I started the placement by hand, then by dropping them and pushing them into place, but ended up using chopsticks mostly.  Got lots of chopstick practice in!  The little star arms acted like gears - if you turned one the arms would turn the arms of the neighboring stars and rows and colums would start moving along!  Very frustrating when you only want to align one.  Again, chopsticks FTW.

Finished, mostly.  I did a bit of alignment and a few color swapouts right after this photo.  It covered my whole dining table.

The husband was kind enough to climb all over our dining room to get shots of the enormous thing.

I love how they all looked like a colorful star army, lined up in ranks.

Once it was fully photographed - the demolition!  Felt great - just like making snow angels in the first pristine snow of winter.

After playing in the pile of stars for a while, I sorted them back into their plastic baggie by color.  That way, I can use them again sometime for whatever reason might come up.

I was recently in the Crafty Detective Swap; TracyinNH made me this:

She saw my blog banner of stars and used it as a guide for this cross stitched bookmark.  Very cool!  I don't think I can use it as a bookmark though.  I might have to frame it.

Thanks for looking and letting me share!
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« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2009 04:11:19 PM »

That is amazing! Looks like tons and tons of hours of work. Do you remember where you saw the video on how to make the stars? They are really cool looking.
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2009 04:17:28 PM »

That is amazing! Looks like tons and tons of hours of work. Do you remember where you saw the video on how to make the stars? They are really cool looking.

Yes!  There are a number on the internets, but I liked this one at Fold Something the best:

I used half inch wide strips for all mine.

« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2009 04:22:54 PM »

Uh, you may be 'too lazy to be evil,' but my goodness! Those stars look like they took a LOT of work! I bet it will look awesome on your blog!

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« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2009 05:25:18 PM »

WOW! thats really awesome!!! Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2009 05:26:35 PM »

awesome!  I should do something with the thousands I have lying around my house (during one summer of unemployment, I folded 35 JARS worth of stars...)!

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« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2009 08:05:18 PM »

I've been mostly using y stash of stars as stuffing when I mail thinks, but this is a great use!

Great job!

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« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2009 05:00:43 AM »

that's absolutely spectacular!

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« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2009 06:16:15 AM »

That is absolutely brilliant!!! I had never thought to use these stars for something like this! Wow, I am completely blown away, I can't even imagine how much work that was!

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« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2009 07:56:43 AM »

Wow!! That's so much work, but so worth it. I can only imagine how great it'd be to demolish it once you'd put it together and taken pictures!!

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