Mini Origami Sea Urchin

Surprisingly, the days where I have the most free time are also the days I feel the most uninspired to write. So here’s a picture from over the summer, back when I was going through my origami craze.

I was trying to see how small I could fold an origami sea urchin, and after a few tedious hours of manipulating a 3 cm square, I ended up with this little guy, just over a centimeter long.

Since then, I’ve lost the dedication to intricately make creases in tiny sheets of paper, as well as the time necessary to do so. Origami is becoming more and more of a pointless hobby that I do just to pass the time, although I’m not sure what that says about me and my priorities right now.

Origami Photo Dump

…And I have learned the beauty of using an SLR and not having to overload on GIMP.

Origami Flower Tower

Origami Flower TowerOrigami Flower Tower
Thanks to this tutorial on Youtube and winter break, I was finally able to make this origami flower tower designed by Chris Palmer.
Funny thing about this model is that I like seeing it partially unfolded more than in it’s normal form. It’s all geometric and kaleidoscope looking, and I’m probably taking it apart more than I should, but it’s just…pretty.

Sorry for the messy folding in place, and there totally aren’t any tears in the paper….

Origami Flower Tower

Origami Flower TowerOrigami Flower Tower

UPDATE 3.29.2013 : I’ve folded another flower tower, shown in my origami photo dump, as well as an 8 point variation. (and some other stuff too) Be sure to check it out!

Nail Polish/Origami Jewelry

As most of you have probably realized, I’m nowhere a fashion blogger. Actually, I’m probably the complete opposite. I get why people are interested in fashion and I’m following a few fashion blogs myself, but fashion really isn’t my thing.

So when I got a bottle of “Forever Pink” nail polish, my first thought was, I could use this to paint/coat origami jewelry. No joke. Yes, I know I’m weird. (Although I guess jewelry is part of fashion……..)

And after a little experimenting and learning the challenges of applying nail polish to folded paper (it’s harder than it sounds) , I started painting this origami sea urchin.

A bunch of messy painting and a few wasted globs of nail polish later,  my sea urchin was uh, Forever Pink.
I stuck a bead on top with more nail polish since I was too lazy to find glue, added a loop with Scotch tape, strung some cotton string that was probably used to seal rice bags, and I guess I had a necklace. (I wouldn’t make any guarantees about its durability though)

I could picture this as an earring too if the sea urchin was strung from the top (where the bead is) Or maybe a pin, but no one really wears those anymore. What do you guys think?

Crocheting hyperbolic planes

So over the summer, I got inspired by Vi Hart  talking about hyperbolic planes in one of her videos (anyone surprised?) and decided to crochet one since it looked cool, and I had nothing better to do. (Once again, the fact that it’s taken me this long to blog about it shows how much busier I’ve been.)

Crocheting hyperbolic planes

Now, you’re probably wondering what the heck a hyperbolic plane actually is. I could give you the dictionary definition, “a two-dimensional vector space E on which there is a nondegenerate, symmetric or alternating form ƒ(x,y) such that there exists a nonzero element w in E for which ƒ(w,w) = 0.”  I’ve also read somewhere that a hyperbolic plane is like the opposite of a sphere, since a sphere closes in on itself, and a hyperbolic plane just keeps expanding and growing. Oh right, there’s another definition that states that a hyperbolic plane has negative Gaussian curvature.

Yeah, I don’t really know what any of that means either. But I kind of understand the concept after making this, although I’m not sure how people visualized hyperbolic geometry without a model like this or even got the idea for it. Supposedly, it was invented to disprove the parallel postulate. I’m not anywhere near an expert on this subject, but apparently on a hyperbolic plane, there’s more than one line that goes through a point and is parallel to another line. Amazingly, crocheting is one of the few ways to actually model this.

After playing with this for a while, I tried somewhat organizing this……plane so it wouldn’t just be a big floppy thing, but my attempts at folding it in half ended up something like this:

Trust me, I tried pretty hard, but it just wouldn’t cooperate.

I thought that looked like a flower, so then I recrumpled it again, and took a few more pictures.

I really don’t have much else to say about hyperbolic planes, unless you care about all the math involved in it which I don’t really even understand, and Wikipedia can probably explain it better than I’ll ever be able to. So, I’ll just fill the rest of this post up with photos I took of my awesome hyperbolic plane.

Looking back on these three photos, it seems like my hand is getting taken over by hyperbolic-plane-ia
I was trying to flatten it to see what it would look like…..

Disclaimer: The information in this post may or may not be accurate. Double checking all the facts presented would probably be a good idea. :)

Crocheted Index Card Holder #2 (but #1 has been remodeled)

Since school started, I haven’t had that much time to be blogging, but I’m determined to finish this post, so here goes.

The first week of school, I was bored out of my mind with the lack of homework,  so I decided to finish up another index card holder that I had started and thought that I needed. The fact that its taken over a month for me to actually blog about it shows how much busier school’s gotten.

It turns out, I actually don’t need an index card holder since I go through like 50 index cards in a month, and this pouch isn’t nearly large enough, and they have to be separated by chapter and are supposed to be in ziploc bags, BUT WHATEVER. I like this pouch better than my first one, which you may remember was remade into a Kindle case.

Crocheted Index Card Holder #2 (but #1 has been remodeled)

If any of you care, I used a different technique to crochet this case than my last one. The other one was made in one piece, but for this one, I made two separate pieces and crocheted them together, just so I could use a different color for the edging.

The wavy edges are actually a mistake. I was carelessly making some stitches tighter than others, so the pieces bunched up a little, creating little waves, which I guess are nice, but not what I was expecting.

The size of this pouch is a mistake too. I originally made this pouch for 4 by 6 index cards, but I made the two halves too small, so I had to change it to fit 3 by 5 cards. I ended up flipping the front half upside down and folding the top down to make it look somewhat normal. (The netting was supposed to be at the top and the wavy top was supposed to be stretched to be flat and at the bottom….if that makes any sense)

So, this pouch turned out nothing like I was expecting to, and I don’t even need it now, and it’s just sitting in my room and I still need to sew in the little tail at the bottom and adjust the binder holes so they fit better and these photos could use a little more GIMPing and I probably should go study a little more…well, what do y’all think?

Crocheted Kindle Case

So the other day, I was organizing my old school supplies, when I came across this little thing inside my French binder that I had crocheted .

(Obviously, this wasn’t how I found this, but I 
drew in some things to show how it was used.)

I had kept my French verb cards inside this little pouch during the school year and sewed in an edge where I put the binder rings through. It had served its purpose fairly well inside my binder for almost a year and received many compliments about the design and the fact that I actually had made something just to hold index cards, but now, I didn’t need it anymore. So what would I do with it?

Taking it apart, which is what I usually do with 70% of the stuff I make, seemed like a waste in this case, since it was a perfectly good pouch, so I remade it into a case for my Kindle. After undoing the sewing, I saw that the pouch was a little short to cover the entire Kindle, so I blocked it, which basically means soaking the entire material in water, stretching it to the right shape (in my case, making it a lot longer), and letting it dry. Afterwards, I made a little loop to sew on top with the string that was used on the edge, attached a button…

…and VOILÀ! I had my case!

A couple more pictures below (I’m kinda practicing my photography skills here, so don’t judge too harshly!)

Graph paper background! Doesn’t
 it look like it’s levitating?

So what do you guys think? Should I keep crocheting? Should I keep making things like this, or move on to more practical stuff? Or make stuffed animals? Or stuff I can donate to charity? Tell me what you think!