Goal for 2014 : Craft a hole in my stash !

zaterdag 28 september 2013

Lucky Star-chain

I posted about Lucky Stars before but i want to
show you this anyway. It is a chain of Lucky Stars
i made for Halloween in black and orange.
Here is a visual explanation on how to make the stars.

Important :
- make the knot as close to the end as possible while folding
- make sure the edges meet to make a tight pentagon
- use a straight edge or a corner to push the stars' edges in
- do not crease too much while folding to prevent pressing
the pentagon down too flat
- if you are having trouble pushing the edges in, try using
a longer strip or thicker material

The length of the strip depends on the material, the size of
the star, and your skill. Thicker material can use shorter strips
and is particularly useful for beginners. Larger stars usually
need longer strips. Longer strips also make it easier to push
the edges of the star in, but too long of a strip may make a
particularly small hexagon too stiff to push in.
Generally, a good length would have a ratio of 1:30. You can
buy strips of material to make stars, or you can try cutting
your own. When cutting your own strips, try to keep the width
the same. Though small amounts of uneveness does not really
matter, having the width gradually decrease or increase may
result in problems. I recommend using a ruler and blade to cut,
or a table paper cutter for the best results.
The type of material used depends on the size of the star you
intend to create. Generally, thicker material is good for larger
stars, thinner for smaller stars. If you plan to make several stars,
you will find that it is important to find an appropiate material if
you want it to a little easier on your fingertips. With practise, you
will find it easier to use the thinner types of material, and still be
able to expand the star well.

Various types of material:
Wrapping paper - The thicker type is especially good, other
thinner types may not be strong enough to structure the star.
Shiny foil/plastic wrapping - Though the appearance may be
very appealing, a major problem with this is that certain folded
ends may not stay down, and tape may have to be used. Though
rather flimsy, it can still be expanded properly with care.
Ribbon - You may have problems keeping the shape held in the
star with the thickness and plastic quality of this material, plus the
ribbon may split if not creased carefully. However, the stars have
a nice opaque glow to them. There is much less cutting as it is
already in strip form.

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