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Byopia Press 2017 Advent Calendar: Day Ten and some quilt star cards

One of the places that stars are used for designs is in quilting. There are all-over designs that form a star and there are individual blocks that are stars. Layouts from the latter can be used to make greeting cards.

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Byopia Press 2017 Advent Calendar: Day Nine and stars which are flat but then not so flat

On the first day I showed how to make a flat star into a 3-D star by scoring and folding. There are other ways to to make a flat star into a three dimensional object. Two cut-out stars glued back … Continue reading

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Byopia Press 2017 Advent Calendar: Day Two and an elegant origami star

The folding pattern for this origami star was designed by Shuzo Fujimoto in the 1970s, but I only discovered it a few years ago after finding an image on Pinterest. I saved the image to my collection of stars and … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Byopia Press 2017 Advent Calendar: Day One and a simple paper star

The first star for you to make is the simplest. I made the one above in 1971. It was all we could afford for our first Christmas tree. It was cut out of card stock, scored and folded, and painted … Continue reading

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Still Sorting (but actually getting some work done)

The interminable process continues: I am working on clearing my work surfaces bit by bit. Things that are work-related but have no specific home in the house got piled on my two work benches while I was clearing other parts … Continue reading

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Making A Zhen Xian Bao/Chinese Thread Book: Postscript —The Hedi Kyle Belt Fold and the Byopia Press Belt Fold

The Hedi Kyle Belt Fold has been used by a number of people as the closure for their Chinese Thread Books. Here’s one by Elissa Campbell. (You can read more about Elissa’s versions here.) The belt closure is suitable for … Continue reading

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The Bicycle Race Books Complete

We finished the twenty copies of The Mexican Bicycle Race this week. David trimmed head and foot, four at a time because I am still a little anxious about slippage when using Ko-Ko. I cut one-and-a-half inch wide strips of … Continue reading

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Friday Night Flicks: Film Before Film, Zoetrope Replica, Circus Zoetrope, and Making The Pristitrope

Those of you who watch Friday Night Flicks regularly will know that I am interested in stop-motion animation. I am also intrigued by mechanical devices. Tonight’s videos combine both. The first, Film Before Film —Phenakistoscope, Zootrope, Praxinoscope, gives a little … Continue reading

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Making a Zhen Xian Bao/Chinese Thread Book: Part Four

Since combining the words origami and Zhen Xian Bao or Chinese Thread Book in my search for the ‘star’ box (flowered candy box) I have come across a number of origami versions of the Zhen Xian Bao. The earliest example … Continue reading

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Making a Zhen Xian Bao/Chinese Thread Book: Part Three

The origami forum with the image of Laurent Sui’s gift for Madame Burgos (see previous post) mentioned a book by Maying Soong, The Art of Chinese Paper Folding. It even provided a link to an on-line copy which I immediately … Continue reading

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