Friday, 7 December 2012

BAUBLE A MONTH CHALLENGE - DECEMBER

Well, here we are...it's December...hasn't time flown! The last of my baubles is done and the challenge is now complete! As I've said before, it's been fun and I've thoroughly enjoyed testing myself with lots of different techniques and designs...and sticking with it and completing the full challenge/project. But, to be honest, there were so many more baubles I wanted to make that twelve months wasn't really enough time. I have been tempted to carry on for another year for sure....but in just a few weeks time it'll be a new year and I have new challenges and exciting things ahead (keep on eye out here and more will be revealed). I might make a couple of more baubles at some point just for craftings sake...but this is it....the challenge is all done and here it is -

BAUBLE A MONTH CHALLENGE 2012 -
 
DECEMBER
 
'ORIGAMI / PAPER FOLDED STAR'
 I have tried to alternate each month with one sculptural/mixed media bauble..and one paper crafted piece. Yes, Novembers bauble did include some paper but this last one is pure paper all the way - nothing more involved other than scissors, pencil and paper....
 
...and I've posted it up as a tutorial so you can all have a go - it's a great one for using up all those bits of spare paper offcuts and you can create some really colourful and decorative effects.
 
So, firstly...lets talk about what this technique is called - is it origami....or is it just paper crafting? quite frankly I'm gonna sit on the fence over this one and let you make your own minds up. I first came across the technique in a book that described itself as for origami techniques...but I was led to believe that true origami is only formed from one piece of paper - and this one, although it involves paper creasing and folding in a simple form, is actually made up of a dozen or so identical but clearly individual pieces that slot together to create a form (and some people also glue these sections together for stability - which is another origami no no). However, I've also, via my Internet searches, seen it described as a Swedish paper crafting design and when it is made up in white and red paper it certainly lends itself to that sort of thing.
 
So, be it origami or not...wherever it's origins lie - it looks a complex and rather lovely piece...and yet it is VERY simple to make and assemble (a great crafting session for kids too!).
 
TOOLS REQUIRED-
 
Paper (pattern of your choice but make sure it's not too thick that it becomes difficult to crease and fold)
pencil, ruler and scissors (to measure and cut out accurate and identical sized squares)
thread or ribbon for hanging
glue (optional to secure and adhere segments together)
1) First you need to prepare your squares. To make a nice rounded star shape you need a minimum of 14 pieces (points) but bear in mind that if you want to create a tri-coloured star...you will need to have a minimum odd number of 15 pieces for the colours to be evenly spaced out in an alternating pattern. The size of the squares depends on how big you want the star to be. For my bauble I used 7x7cm squares which formed a star with an overall diameter of 15cm and I also used 16 points as I found this all fitted into a snug circle that didn't require gluing.

Each square now needs to be folded in the following way -
2) Fold in half where indicated by the red line in the above photo. It makes no difference if this is a valley or mountain fold.
3) Flip the paper over and fold and crease the corners into the centre to form an envelope (use the initial crease from part2 as a guide)
4) Fold the two corners (A & B) across to the centre to form a kite shape.....
5) ...like this.
6) Flip the paper over. The crease you made in part2 should run from point A to B as in the photo above.
7) A crease now needs to be made where the red line indicates in the photo above....
8) ...and the top corner folded over like this.
9) Using the initial crease made in part2, mountain fold the paper in half. This completes your first piece...or  'point' of the star.
10) You need to make a minimum of 14 of these 'points'....all the same size. You can now begin to assemble the star.
11) Each 'point' has two pockets either side of the mountain fold (See A & B in the photo above). Start by taking one....
12) ...and then take a second 'point' and slot the two corners (A & B as indicated in the photo above) into the pockets of the first piece...
13) ...like this series of photos.
14) Continue adding each remaining point in the same manner. They will automatically form a curve and your final last point will then join up and slot into the very first one you started off with...to complete the circle and form the star.

If you wish to secure your star, you can glue each piece together. Personally the paper I have used is quite firm and stable and the piece holds together well on its own...however if you do glue it...it's advisable to use something that is not instantly drying...so that you have time to tweak and adjust the shape in order to get a perfect circle.
15) All that you need to do now, is add string or ribbon etc as a hanger...and the bauble is all done! I used a piece of thin wire and just adhered it to the back.
Here's the finished star, using just one pattern of paper
and here it has different but complimentary papers to form a star with alternative colour and patterned points.
Here a second, smaller star has been made and layered on top to create further depth and interest. The top image shows the points all lying in the same direction and the lower image shows the smaller star has been flipped over so that the points run in the opposite direction...just one small alteration but adding lots of interesting texture.
(This basic star can now be used as a base to put your own creative stamp onto - use different papers, colours and textures, add embellishments like glitters and ribbons...you could even use it as a frame for a photo.....)
I have simply glued a Chinese coin into the centre of this piece...to compliment the coin pattern paper.
and finally.....my December bauble - I went one step further and added a third star to really add lots of layer and texture. I've been contemplating whether to add a little inking to it...or possibly add a tassel follow through with the oriental design....but for now I'll leave it simple and as is. If I do decide to embellish further...I'll post a photo up.

Hope you like it...and find the tutorial of use. If you decide to try this out, please let me know how you get on.


1 comment:

  1. What an effective fold, lovely :)
    www.parchmentcraftqueen.blogspot.co.uk

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