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« on: July 01, 2014 08:44:47 PM »

The prototype shadowbox (any suggestions or critique is welcome):

(also I might mention there's a shrine swap in sign-ups right now, shameless self-promotion is shameless!)

(also also I don't know that I love the felt, but like I said, prototype... I think I might try paint next time, but I don't know how well I can paint over glue...)



For scale, here's the crane on my fingertip (folded from a 1" square):



Aaaaand, because I want the engineering bonus points from the Summer Nerd Games, here's how I made the nest and eggs (there are tons of tutorials on crane-folding out there!).

The nest is made from twisted newspaper.  I pretty much followed the "newspaper yarn" ideas out there, and rolled thin strips:





Then I followed the wire nest pendant idea, wrapping the paper thread around an object...



Then wrapping the paper thread around the coils...



Then, finally, wrapping loosely around the bottom and (because I couldn't weave the paper thread like I do the wire) securing with some thread:



The eggs were made by soaking paper until it looked pulpy and dissolved:



Then rolling it into small balls:



(this was much harder than I though, I made many more than I needed, because as you rolled tighter and tighter to squeeze the water out, a lot of them fell apart)

And let them dry:



And there you have the crane, egg and nest:



(it's sitting on top of a salt shaker there)

The tree is a branch from our oak tree and the bench is make from twisted jewelry wire and mini popsicle sticks.
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« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2014 01:28:11 AM »

how intricate, beautiful and thoughtful is this! It is amazing and I love it.
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« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2014 04:05:42 AM »

Amazing, Smeddley! Simple but beautiful. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2014 08:19:31 AM »

Oh my gosh, I love this!
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« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2014 08:42:46 PM »

That's lovely! I like the nest a whole lot. Smiley

If you want to paint AND hide the glue, you could paint up to the glue spots and then creatively decorate that area (like cottonball clouds or little flowers or something). Just a thought.

Can't wait for more shrines!
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« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2014 09:08:51 AM »

Pretty cool looking diorama/shadowbox!  Are you going to put any people on the bench?

An easy way to make tiny shapes like eggs is to squirt some undiluted white glue into your hand and then roll it around and knead it until it takes on a consistency like sticky clay.  Then roll or form it into the shape you want and let it air dry until it hardens.

I believe that the majority of cranes build their nests on the ground, not in trees, but, looking at Google images, I did see some examples of nests built in tress, so, I suppose it varies.
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