Here in New Zealand we are now in the middle of winter, and when playing around with some LED fairy lights I thought I would combine my love for origami and bringing some winter sparkle to our house. And so the balloon lights were born!! Ok let’s get started with the tutorial! This is what you need for this project: Pretty paper (appr. 20 sheets, mine were 90 x 90mm) on a white or light background. Here are my 20pcs of paper after I cut them with my guillotine. Now first make a water-bomb base. With the printed side of the paper facing up, valley fold in half. After that turn 90 degrees and valley fold in half again. Now turn the paper over and do the same diagonally. Now for the last part of the water-bomb base. Use the creases you have made so far and the paper should naturally fall into this shape. Here is your finished water-bomb base. Now to make the actual balloon. Fold the corner on the left hand side (top layer only) up to the middle. Now turn over and do the other side. All done!
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Kusudama Tutorial part 2Today I am showing you part 2 of how to make a kusudama ball. You can find the first part here. In part 1, I showed you have to make the individual flowers; you should now have 12 flowers made from 60 individual petals. For part 2 you will need: 12 flowers (made from 60 petals)GlueString or a ribbonBead(s) As you might be able to see from the finished kusudama at the top of the page, I made 6 flowers from blue paper and 6 flowers from a recycled map. Start to glue the flowers together one petal at the time – this will give the nicest result. When you add the 3rd flower, there are 3 petals to connect. After you have attached all 6 flowers you end up with 2 sets of half a kusudama. I used 3 beads on the bottom. Now take one of your 1/2 kusudamas and put some glue on the top. Glue your string down, making sure it is nice and straight. That’s it! In the last photo you can see another kusudama I finished earlier. If you are having a go with this 2 part tutorial we would love to see your work!
Lucky Wishing Stars TutorialYou’ve probably seen these little puffy origami stars before. They are really quick to make, and you don’t need any special materials to make them. You can buy lucky star pre-cut strips from origami stores, but you can just as easily make your own from medium weight coloured paper, e.g. scrapbooking paper, or even strips cut from magazine pages – as the strips are so narrow, the original text or image won’t be obvious in the finished star. Anti-clockwise from top left: pre-cut strips, paper cutter, scrapbook paper, magazine page. Now on to the tutorial! To give you an idea of size, I’ve made stars in 3 different sizes to show you: blue stars (from pre-cut strips): 35cm x 1.25cmpink stars (from a magazine page): 30cm x 1cmgreen stars (scrapbook paper): 15cm x 0.6cm The finished star will be approx 1.5 x the width of your strip, so pick an appropriate size for the size of star you’d like to end up with. For the rest of this tutorial, I will be using a paper strip cut from a magazine page.
Seeking Higher ConsciousnessWe can learn so much from nature. So much so, that if we modeled all of our technology off of the basic principles of how nature operates, we would be in very good hands. Using the law of conservation of energy, we would make sure that all power was used to the most efficient and effective means possible. For example, modelling our Solar Panels off of Photosynthesis, free energy becomes as commonplace as cars on roads… or sliced bread! These are actual planes in the air all at the same time! In this video, Louie Schwartzberg describes a movie that he has been working on for a while, which brings a level of awareness to “That which is Unseen”. The most exciting part to me was the Dragonflies. Imagine if you had your own little Dragonfly jet they could fly around anywhere you wanted? There’s only one word I can use to describe it… Badass! Okay, this is just plain amazing! They say it works, and they’re convinced! Einstein was an absolutely brilliant man. What am I still rambling about?
Paper Models of PolyhedraCarambola Flowers by Carmen SprungIf you’ve been following me on Flickr for a while, you’ve probably seen this picture of Carambola Flowers before – I folded them ages ago! But since my Pro account is going to expire in a few days time (and I don’t feel like upgrading it again), a lot of my old photos won’t be displayed anymore. So I decided it would be a good idea to share the very best of them on my blog! These absolutely beautiful origami flowers were designed by Carmen Sprung and I just love them! Description Video tutorial presented by Sara Adams of HappyFolding.com. Tags: Carmen Sprung, Floral
Make This: A Luminous Faceted Pendant Light » Curbly | DIY Design Community « Keywords: DIY, pendant, lighting, paperRemember those folded up fortune-tellers from your elementary school days? Some kids called them cootie-catchers, but I never really understood the method behind the madness with that one. But I digress, because paper folding prowess was not in vain. Take a longing glance at this beautiful DIY faceted pendant sphere, completely covered in small fortune tellers! Tagged : pendant, lighting, paper, DIY
Origami Jewelry: delicate jewerly for that special lady in your life.If you have come to this page of the web site, then you must want to make origami jewelry! The good news is that you can easily transform your origami into wearable jewelry with minimal skill. However, you do need quite a few supplies (see list below). Quick-and-easy jewelry can be made in an hour, but jewelry that is intended for extended wear or for selling will take at least half a day to complete. Most of the time is spent waiting for glue or coatings to dry before proceeding. Tips and Hints on Making Origami Jewelry Never made jewelry before? Tools, Supplies, and Terminology Don't know the difference between a head pin and a eye pin? Sharing Have you made an exciting piece of jewelry? Shown: Fluted Diamond earrings by H Graham.
Great Poems « Greatest Books of All Time » Life-Changing ArtsA selection of great poems from centuries of brillant authors and poets. Whether you are new to the world of poetry and wish to savor it, or a well-versed poetry connoisseur, either way you will probably enjoy the classics of world poetry. The poems are sorted by vote. left of it. Voting is possible once per day. Votes PoemAuthor IfRudyard Kipling EchoChristina Georgina Rossetti If you think the best poem of all times is not even on this list, by all means, let us know which poem it is and why you think it should be added. Get inspired.. inspire others.. Back to Greatest Books of All Time
HaHa BirdMel StampzOrigami That's Fun And EasyOccupy the SEC to Jamie Dimon: We Told You SoBy Occupy the SEC Jamie Dimon’s plan to enfeeble the Dodd-Frank reforms, specifically the Volcker rule, has blown up spectacularly. Apparently JPM was so confident that their interpretation of the hedging exemption would prevail, that they got ahead of themselves and operated as if this loophople were in effect. But then things went horribly wrong for them. In today’s New York Times, James Wyatt provides an under the radar view of how laws are gutted when the regulators involved in rule-making are heavily lobbied by the regulated. Several visits over months by the bank’s well-connected chief executive, Jamie Dimon, and his top aides were aimed at persuading regulators to create a loophole in the law, known as the Volcker Rule. Portfolio hedging is at the heart of the London Whale debacle. The loophole is known as portfolio hedging, a strategy that essentially allows banks to view an investment portfolio as a whole and take actions to offset the risks of the entire portfolio.
How To IdeasThis post is brought to you by Rebecca B., who creates our workshops. Here she tells you how she found the inspiration for our newest workshop, Geometric Decor, happening Thursday, April 24. Two of my favorite trends at the moment are geometric patterns and gold-dipped accents. I love the fresh, bold punch geometrics can bring to a room and how fun and easy it is to create different patterns. Creating this workshop, I was inspired by everything from garlands, to artwork to throw rugs. I was also inspired by some of my favorite Paper Source geometric products! The Geometric Decor workshop is on Thursday, April 24th, from 6 – 8 p.m. and is going to be a fun night with refreshments and creativity! Throughout it all you’ll get DIY instructions and templates to help you recreate each item at home, along with tips and inspiration to utilize the techniques in other projects! Take the technique home: After the class we hope you’ll find inspiration in the everyday things. -Rebecca