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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Origami Stellated Dodecahedron on: May 23, 2013 04:54:15 PM
I made this over winter break, following a pattern from Miyuki Kawamura's "Polyhedron Origami for Beginners" (although I inverted it to give it texture; normally each face would be smooth, but I liked how the 'internal' folds looked).

It's a stellated dodecahedron (aka dodecahedral star) made from 30 7.2x7.2cm units of construction paper.  There is a little bit of tape holding the modules together.  As you can kind of see from the picture, it has three colors, none of which touches itself along a side.

It was my first try folding origami from construction paper -- the heavier weight makes creases softer -- but I think it turned out okay.  Since I took pictures during construction, I may make a tutorial if there's interest. 

Comments, questions, and criticism welcomed and appreciated. 
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Copper Viking Knit Choker on: July 12, 2012 04:01:35 PM
I liked my last viking knit project so much that I decided to make another viking knit piece.  This choker is made out of 24 gauge copper, with 20 gauge used for the coils and clasp at the back.  Total length of wire used in the knit is ~20 feet (~6 m).  The focal bead is this beautiful teal glass -- the photograph is pretty much true to color. 

Since I really like how the bright copper goes with the bead, I'm worried about this piece tarnishing.  I've tried to coat a previous viking knit with a clear acrylic spray but that was unsuccessful at keeping the copper from 'browning out' and also reduced the flexibility of the piece.  I'm not sure if any dips or sprays can get into all the crevices either.  If anybody has had experience with coating viking knit, I would really appreciate some advice.

And, as always, all advice/comments/criticism are appreciated and questions are welcomed. 

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Viking Knit Heart Bracelet on: July 04, 2012 09:20:09 PM
This is the first viking-knit piece I have made, but I'm pretty happy with it.  After going through the draw-plate, the weave is pretty even and nicely flexible.  It's also much lighter than I expected.     


The knit is done in 24 gauge copper; everything else (end caps, links/clasp, heart) is done in 20 gauge copper.  The heart has been hammered flat.  The green 'stone' is a plastic (I think) bead that I picked up a strand of from Hobby Lobby.  It's a tad more iridescent in real life than in the picture but otherwise true to color.

As always, comments/criticism/advice appreciated, and questions welcome.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Copper Ring w/ Jasper Chip on: June 23, 2012 08:53:50 PM
These pictures are from before I got a handle on focusing with my camera... :-
(Close-ups below)

This ring is made of 3 pieces of 20 gauge half-hard round copper wire, and wrapped with some 20 gauge half-hard square wire in the back.  One wire (Wire A) runs through the jasper chip and the other two wires (B and C) wrap around it for a bird's nest sort of feel.  Wires B and C make up the top half of the band; the bottom half is made of Wires A and B on the left and Wires A and C on the right.

I didn't go into this ring with a pattern; it was salvage because my first try at a different style didn't pan out.

As always, comments/crit/advice appreciated and questions welcome!
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Funky Wire Bangle + Ring on: June 15, 2012 09:35:11 PM
Both of these pieces are made of red and blue enameled copper craft wire (20 ga).  In addition, they have also been coated with a clear protective sealant to resist tarnishing due to moisture and humidity.  The colors in these pictures are fairly true to life.

I wove the bangle using an old vise and then shaped it by hand around my wrist.  The ring was shaped around a metal ring mandrel. 

Any comments, criticism, and advice appreciated.  All questions welcome!
6  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Hello from Texas! on: June 05, 2012 02:28:55 PM
I've lurked around Craftster occasionally but never joined until now.  My main crafty interests are making wire-jewelry, paper crafts (origami, quilling), and fancy knotwork.  I'm a poor college student, sadly, so I can't purchase most of the shiny rocks that catch my eye.... 

I'm not too good at introductions, if you've noticed, but I look forward to being here! 
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / French-Knit Copper and Leather Bracelet on: June 04, 2012 11:33:08 PM
Hello, Craftster!  This is my first day here, so you'll have to put up with image links instead of embeds -- sorry!

EDIT: Embedded images!

I've been sick for the past 8 days, so I decided to work on my wire skills whilst stuck at home.  This isn't the first time I've tried French/spool-knitting before, but it's the first time I've done it around a core.

In this case, the core is leather (Latigo lace); the knitted wire is 26 gauge copper.  I bound the leather ends into loops with some 24 gauge copper and made a clasp out of hammered 20 gauge copper.  The clasp is permanently fastened to the bracelet on one end and hooks in to the other end.  I've found it delightfully easy to get on one-handed, and it seems to stay on pretty well.  It's also long enough to wear as a choker.

Tools: Old wooden spool w/ 4 nails, 2 3/4 mm crochet hook.

There's a couple more views, including a closeup of the knit, on my deviantArt account.

If you have any questions about materials or process, I will do my best to answer them.  Otherwise, all comments, criticism, and advice are much appreciated!
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