Friday, January 18, 2019

Snowflake 3D Luminary Box with Handle

Rustic box has outer panels that are layered to be thick 
for strength (and weight) with a front panel that has 
a snowflake cut-out. 
Top box rim is .375” deep to simulate wooden walls. 
U-shaped “decoration only” handle can be pivoted 
with ends that fit into side holes 
with turned-look handle that is built up in offset layers
yo simulate dimensional “turned” spool shape. 
Luminary measures approx. 6” tall x 3.75” wide 
x 3.75” deep without handle. 

(This tutorial is under construction.
Please return soon to view
the completed assembly guide.)

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Gnome 3D Figure Box

Winter woodland gnome has a cone profile, 
composed of base, inner tube and hull, 
with hat cone that fits snugly over top, face 
(with nose as .25” wooden mushroom button accent, 
or stacked card stock circles) 
and beard shapes that wrap around hull. 
Accents on hat include fur panels, with stripes 
that are added as an overlay that is trimmed 
even with hat panel edges; 
add a .5” wooden ball in place of paper tassel. 
(Paper tassel shown on version below.)
Pine tree outline overlay accents bottom of hull. 
Measures approx. 6.125” tall x 2.75” deep 
x 3” wide at base.

(This tutorial is under construction.
Please return soon to view
the completed assembly guide.)

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Snowflake 3D Crystal Layered Ornament

Origami look-alike hexagon star ornament features 
main and secondary points, made dimensional 
with built-up layering. 
Center includes punch hole that assists with alignment, 
for a mini brad stem, or stud, on front and back. 
Petal shaped back adds interest to the reverse side. 
Or, prepare a duplicate set of shapes 
to repeat front dimension-ality on back. 
Measures approx. 4.5" tall x 4" wide. 

ASSEMBLY: 1. Identify and cut the shapes:
A. star base shape (4)
B star "points" shapes (6 sets of 4 each)
C backside (optional) petal shape (4)
D hexagon base (4)
E hexagon triangles (6 sets of 4 each)
F crystal points base units (5 sets of 4 each)
G top crystal point base (1 set of 4)
H crystal side overlays (6 sets of
4 left and 6 sets of 4 right)
2. Layer and attach the crystal point sets into stacks of 4,
taking care to line up all edges as precisely as
possible. (Top point shape shown here.)
Place each of the stacked shaped under a flat weight
such as the re-purposed fabric-covered weight 
machine bar shown here, to help keep it flat
during the drying process, and to help avoid
warping and curling of the shape.
(Do this for each of the glued-up stacks  and
assembled layers throughout.)
3. Layer and attach the main hexagon base shapes
in a similar manner, also the main star shapes
petal shapes, triangles, point overlays, etc.
4. Position a star point delta shape at each
inward angle of the stack, aligning edges
as precisely as possible, and glue in place.
5. Position the opt. back petal shape on the backside
of the star assembly, centered, and glue in place.
6. Position each of the hex triangle points stacks
centered at a straight outer edge of the hex base,
and glue in place.
7. Position both left and right stacks on each
of the crystal point stacks, along the long
lower side edges.
8. Note the corner guide marks on the face
of the star base. Use these to position . . . 
. . . the hexagon assembly, then glue in place.
9. Note the guide marks on the hex triangle face,
then use these to center each crystal point unit
on top of the hexagon assembly, centered
between each star point. Apply glue only to
surface(s) that touch, then attach in place.
10. Place a mini brad through the center opening
on front and glue in place.
(If the opt. petals shape was also attached on back,
the depth of the ornament layers will allow a second
mini brad to fit in to backside opening.
Short prongs will remain hidden inside 
the opening "tunnel".
11. Attach a length of soft ribbon or twine through
top hang hole to complete the ornament.