Friday, March 26, 2010


Just in time for Easter ^-^

Even if you don't celebrate, you can make this just because it's adorable~

The two pieces of shell and the chick are made separately, and then glued together at the end.
You will need:
82 white modules
62 yellow modules

Each shell half is made with 5 and a half (see the inside "broken" line) rows of 14 modules. 
The chick is made of 6 rows of 10, plus the two wings.

I also used some slightly different sized white modules along the crack line to give it a more broken effect, but I don't think it'll make much of a difference if you use the same size.

I would recommend gluing the pieces of the chick and the top egg shell together, as I had a few problems getting them to stay while I glued the entire piece.

The eyes where made from a hole punch, and the beak from paper folded in half and then cut freehand. 

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Sailor Penguin

More origami !?


Isn't he cute? ^-^

172 modules total:
39 for the tummy (white)
131 for the base (pink)
2 for the flippers (pink)

10 rows of 17, plus the flippers.
The tummy has, starting from the top:
modules in each row.

The eyes are hole punched, and everything else is cut free hand. 
The sailor hat is made from a circle with a "pie slice" cut out of it, and made into a cone with a strip of paper wrapped around the edge.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Modular Origami!

So you may have seen my post in my store blog about these origami owls...

If you'd like to make your own, here's a tutorial for all the little modules!
A picture's worth a thousand words, right? But if you can't follow the photos, I'll be glad to explain what I did to try to help!

And then you have to put these modules together to make the owl. About 100-130 pieces, depending what variation you decide to make!

They each have two pockets and two prongs, so they fit together like this...kind of like legos?

So just make a ring of them for the base...

And then build your way up to make the owl!

Note: owls are by no means the only thing you can make out of these modules. In fact, they are about as versatile as legos or k'nex! Here's a photo of my friend putting together a swan:

Experiment with different patterns and colors! These might take some patience, but the complex figure you can make is well worth it!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Origami Owls

Aren't they cute? ^-^

Entirely made from paper. Each owl has over 100 folded squares of paper in it!

These two are up for sale, as well as possibly custom colors =]

Also, be on the lookout at my tutorials and creations blog for a crash course on these modular origami sculptures!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Whipped Cream Rings

Back to the oh-so-delicious-but-inedible food jewelry trend =]

Whipped cream: silicone bath and kitchen caulk. Just squeeze it out onto wax paper through an icing tip, embellish with jewels or fruit, and let it sit for 24 - 48 hours (depending how thick). 

Also works great for "icing" polymer clay cakes, as in the last photo.

The ring in the second photo was made by rolling wax paper around the finger and then squeezing caulk around that.

Happy crafting!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Kanzashi Obsession

Tsumami Kanzashi: an age-old Japanese technique for folding and sewing little squares (or, in my case, scraps) of cloth to make gorgeous flowers for hair ornaments for geisha and maiko =]

Like I said, it's an absolutely wonderful way to use up little scraps of cloth that you have. I cut 1-2 inch squares and made them into petals, then sewed them together and glued fake jewels, buttons, and beads onto the centers. Tutorials are very easy to find online, so I won't be making my own. Feel free to contact me if you need any tips on making them though!