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1  First Post of Many ;) Turtles, Stars, Cranes, Hearts and Flowers; Oh my! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by straight_edger on: March 08, 2007 08:39:33 PM
This is going to be post number 1 in a series of Buddha knows how many as I show off the origami skills I inherited from my mom (i'm making posts of her work also).  Most of the things I will be posting are either A) on my desk/my mom's desk; B) boxed up (we move on quickly and need the room) or; C) hanging in the house somewhere.

Installment Number 1: Turtles, Stars, Cranes, Hearts and Flowers; Oh my!

[ - gigantic jar of paper cranes - ]

[ - star jar full of pastel stars with a little turtle on top of the cork -]

[ - jar full of silver wrapping paper stars.  These are actually relatively big compared to my other stars - ]

[ - "aquarium" of paper turtles.  I'm still working on filling this! - ]

[ - close up - ]

[ - traditional paper turtle - ]

[ - my version - ]

[ - the biggest star i've ever made - ]

[ - belated Valentine's Day origami.  I folded about 60 of these and gave them away to my friends at work.  This is the closed version... - ]

[ - and the open version!  This is the back view, where I wrote Happy Valentine's Day on each one >< - ]

[ - the version I made my best friend and her sister, both of who are my friends.  The frontal shot... - ]

[ - and the back!  Where I again wrote Happy Valentine's Day but with their names (Christie is my best friend) - ]

Thanks for looking Craftsters, and I hope to get another post up soon!  Next time, it's going to be Mini Mobiles; Stars, Cranes, Flowers, and Beads; Oh my!

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2  :D My mother's crane crafts! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by straight_edger on: March 08, 2007 08:21:41 PM
i'm not the only crafty child in my family!  My mother is the one who taught me all I know, and now we teach each other.  Although my mom usually teaches me, I usually surpass her since I fold more precisely and I can work on a smaller scale.  But she's still the master.  The crane crafts shown in this post are from a book, and I plan to try them as well.  I'll just let the pictures speak for themselves.

(not exactly crane related but you get the idea)
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3  some of my bead projects :D in Beads: Completed Projects by straight_edger on: March 08, 2007 08:11:29 PM
I don't work with beads much (you'll usually find me lurking in the paper crafts section showing off my origami) so when I do work with beads, I usually make something that I like to look at but won't wear. Tongue  Anyhow, these are the result of about 8 hours of beading. 

This necklace was inspired by my love of the night, so I used shades of blue in a 4 strand necklace.  Each strand is made with glass seed beads, and the colours are: a deep muted blue, an iridescent periwinkle blue, a lovely baby blue, and a turquoise blue.  Suspended in the middle is a moon and star charm.  Sorry about the blurry pictures, i'll try to get new ones soon.  It's just hard to get the glare off the beads. >.<

This bracelet uses two of the same colour beads as the necklace, specifically the iridescent periwinkle and the baby blue.  This was my first time using beading wire, and I think it went well.  I usually use fishing wire.  I made a twisted wire bracelet and it looks lovely.  I get loads of compliments whenever I wear it.  I plan to make more, as soon as I get more beads and wire!  I already have plans to make a purple one for one of my friends from work and a pink one for my best friend.
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4  my proudest achievement: MY CRANE CURTAINS! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by straight_edger on: February 19, 2007 10:49:49 PM
These are my current pride and joy.  Cheesy  They took about 3 months to make (mainly because I was a lazy git and because folding all those cranes is time consuming!) and they were well worth every minute.  I originally got the idea from my mom's 1000 crane curtains (she was inspired by the Sadako and the Thousand Cranes story) but instead of making large cranes and spacing them out with straws like she did, I made small cranes and strung them with paper stars and wood beads that I got from the dollar store.  The curtains that are displayed here only have 500 cranes, since they were part of a birthday present for my cousin's 14th birthday (wrapping up these bad boys was a journey in itself!).


My crane curtains are on their way!  I've been folding like a maniac so I can have a set for both my doorway and my window.  I haven't started on the stars yet because I have so many other projects to do with them!  There are so many origami projects I have in mind...it's going to be hard to get them done and start on my curtains!

Now on to photos!

here they are hanging on my bathroom door (I stuck push pins over the door frame and then hung them which is a bad idea.  If you are going to make these, place them a bit farther then I did!  This was just for the photo.

close up of the strands.

and one more for good measure.

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5  Rose Cubes ^^ [ now with link to Tutorial and videos! ] in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by straight_edger on: July 23, 2006 09:04:19 PM
I made these a while back (back in February to be exact) and I completely forgot how to make them until today.  I found the box of pieces/completed Rose Cubes and bases that I had made a long time ago.  The Rose Cubes are extremely easy to make, and they are great gifts!  This is my first craft post, so be nice!  I took all the photos on the piano cover my popo (chinese grandma) made for our piano.  I can post a tutorial on how to make them if anybody's interested.  They are super easy to make!

Some of the Rose Cubes that I made a little while back, and one that I made today.  I thought I forgot how to put them together, but I remembered!   Cheesy  I was so happy when I found out that I still remembered how to make them after making so many!  I also made the stars that are scattered around the Rose Cubes.

A closed Rose Cube.  This is one of the few white Rose Cubes that i've made.  It's one of my favorites.  Wink

An open Rose Cube.  I couldn't get the leaves to stay open.  Which is always the hardest part.  They look lovely open or closed though.

A base!  I chose this one for maximum contrast.

Update: it took me for freaking EVER to get these videos up!  The reason there's 5 and not just 2 (one for putting it together/opening and one for the base), is that my camera is BROKEN right now, and it wouldn't let my mom take the entire video.  Instead, it cut off after a while, so we had to update others.  You'll be addicted to making these soon!  I keep on making smaller and smaller ones!  The first small one I made was with paper that was about 5 cm a side.  Then I made one with paper 4 cm a side.  That one was TINY let me tell you!  I'd put pictures up, but my camera is currently getting repaired (thank goodness).  So bless my mom for helping me tape the video(s) and thank you to everybody who waited to patiently!  I uploaded the first video (and the most important) onto Google Video since YouTube wouldn't accept it (4 mb over 100mb...those bastards) and the rest on YouTube.

Thanks to Tara1979 for finding a tutorial that can be found [A HREF="http://michelturmel.tripod.com/english/


For how to put them together:

Video # 1 can be found here: http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=1315941726275802268&q=rose+cube

Video # 2 can be found here: http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=1315941726275802268&q=rose+cube#docid=3238667410540699534

How to open the cube & first steps for the base:

Video # 3 can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lw62aXExvF8

How to put the base together:
Video # 4 can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daJfJQhZmpM

Showing Off:

Video # 5 (just showing off the completed product) can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JX5_I4GuKRU

And now my work is done!  Cheesy I just noticed that my hands look super fat in the video.  Damn.  Oh well.  If you make a Rose Cube, post it up and let me see!  Grin
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