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« on: March 07, 2011 10:27:18 AM »

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!
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« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2011 10:33:29 AM »

Super pretty, I Love it! Great idea!
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« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2011 10:38:03 AM »

It's lovely! Wonderful job!
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« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2011 10:59:50 AM »

ooh, that's lovely! I really like how the branches wrap around the star.
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« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2011 03:49:12 PM »

Gorgeous! I think this is wonderful!
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« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2011 04:06:57 PM »

It is beautiful! Your photos came out great, IMHO. It is very crisp and clean looking. I bet it is even prettier in the dark. Wait, that did not come out right, hahaha! What I mean is, the reflections on the wall at night when the lamp is lit must be so pretty! I love how clean your cutting edges are too.
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« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2011 05:30:05 PM »

I *love* how this looks when lit!!!! VERY beautiful!!!  You did a GREAT job!!!!! Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2011 06:31:00 PM »

What a fantastic lamp.

I love the little bit of color from the bird and the way the branches come from the bottom up.
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« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2011 01:05:09 AM »

This is really beautiful!!!  And the shot of color from the blue bird is stunning!!  I love it!!
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« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2011 05:02:05 AM »

I think the lit up photos turned out fine! It's very pretty!
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« Reply #10 on: March 08, 2011 07:13:32 AM »

This has a simple elegance that is truly lovely -- and the little blue bird is the perfect touch of color.

Really nicely done.
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« Reply #11 on: March 08, 2011 07:46:43 AM »

That is wonderful. It must be gorgeous in real life.
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« Reply #12 on: March 08, 2011 08:00:52 AM »

This is like...really cool, awesome and ...did i say ubber cool?
I love how the branches lights up, really nice job!
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« Reply #13 on: March 08, 2011 01:54:04 PM »

Wow! That's really cool!!
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« Reply #14 on: March 08, 2011 07:15:18 PM »

I am very jealous. I tried to make a metal star lamp like this and it was a HUGE fail.
Did you have a lot of math involved in making it?
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« Reply #15 on: March 08, 2011 07:48:28 PM »

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.

If you figure it out, please let me know!


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« Reply #16 on: March 08, 2011 09:44:33 PM »

I *love* how this looks when it's lit!!!!
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« Reply #17 on: March 09, 2011 08:41:43 AM »

This is so pretty!
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« Reply #18 on: March 09, 2011 10:40:03 PM »

That is awesome!
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« Reply #19 on: March 13, 2011 01:10:25 PM »

YAY Star Lamp! Totally voted for this. I think your stars are fantastic!

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« Reply #20 on: March 14, 2011 05:11:44 PM »

Cool!
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« Reply #21 on: March 14, 2011 05:38:52 PM »

BEAUTIFUL!!
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« Reply #22 on: March 14, 2011 06:00:58 PM »

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« Reply #24 on: March 24, 2011 03:02:33 PM »

Beauteous! Would love to wake up to see this in the morning!
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« Reply #25 on: March 26, 2011 07:02:21 AM »

That is so cool!
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« Reply #26 on: June 18, 2012 05:09:08 PM »

Beautiful! I had never even HEARD of light-up stars like this one before Craftster; what a simple and lovely project. Very very cool. Great job! I love the unexpected detail of the bright blue bird.
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« Reply #28 on: January 06, 2013 10:21:16 PM »

This is beautiful. The star refracts the light in a really peaceful way, and the cut-outs really add to the effect. Is it ok if I post this on my blog as inspiration? Linked here and credited, of course. The article it would be in is at http://sticktoyourglueguns.wordpress.com/2012/12/31/crafty-resolutions-13-crafts-for-2013/
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