Small Polyhedra

Most of the time, laser-cut polyhedra are made by cutting individual faces and, attaching them either to each other with connectors or, to a base internal structure. I had an idea for a different way to do it based on paper craft polyhedra.

The general idea is to laminate the material for the faces to a heavy card stock. Then, cut through just the top layer and enough to score the card stock so it folds nicely.

This works great with all kinds of outer layers, including different card stock, wood veneer, shell veneer, cork, fabric, etc.

I found some fast-drying PVA-style glue that sets up fast enough to stand while assembling them (about a minute).

Another challenge of paper polyhedra is that it is difficult to get the final tabs to stick well as it’s not possible to push on both sides of these. I solved that by cutting out the last side and, just leaving a frame. That way, I can get a finger or a tool inside (depending on size) to push against both sides. By removing the laminated outer layer from that frame side, I can then put a solid panel over it to hide the opening.

Since the resulting polyhedra are hollow, it is also possible to put a light inside. I designed a little triangular Celtic-style key pattern and, cut a latticework into each of the faces of an icosahedron. I added an interior vellum backing layer to act as a diffuser. I built a couple different circuits using CR1216 coin cells and Chibitronics Circuit Stickers. The second version uses a reed switch so the light can be activated with a magnet from the outside.

I have made a bunch of these and, will likely make more in the future.

There is a video walking through making a plain wood veneer dodecahedron and two lit icosahedra.

If you aren’t into videos, I did a write-up in a forum post with a little more detail about the process of making them.

If you want to try making some, here are the basic patterns for an octahedron (8 sides), a dodecahedron (12 sides) and, an icosahedron (20 sides). Let me know if you try this!

These files are for personal, non-commercial use only.  Note that, by referencing these, you are agreeing to release any variations you create under identical terms.

Attribution-Creative Commons NonCommercial-ShareAlikeOctahedron Pattern (SVG)

Dodecahedron Pattern (SVG)

Icosahedron Pattern (SVG)

Faux Copper Patina Reliquary

Chatting with resin/dice artist Georgina (@DiceOfTheSeeker) about colors in one of her pieces, I realized it would probably look pretty cool on one of my reliquaries with a copper patina finish. So, I made one and, sent it to her. She sent back some wonderful photos. I also made a 90-second short about how I did the finish.

Key Pattern Pendant

I have been doing a lot of computer design and modeling stuff for various studio projects lately and, was feeling restless about not making anything in the studio proper. Someone I know on Instagram was describing a technique they used to make something and, I wanted to try it. So, I took a couple of hours and made this pendant. I think it came out pretty great!

Simple Washi Tape Valentine

I made a quick Celtic key pattern washi tape valentine!

I used the laser for the cutting but, you could do this with a craft knife. Just be careful with the pressure on the left side to cut through just the washi tape.

It’s simple but, grab the pattern below.

There is some of my Celtic key pattern washi tape in the shop, if you want to play with it, too.

These files are for personal, non-commercial use only.  Note that, by referencing these, you are agreeing to release any variations you create under identical terms.

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Heart Card Pattern (SVG)

Folding the Dragon

This Lunar New Year marks the start of the Year of the Wood Dragon. I made a a video on making my paper dragon to celebrate.

Celtic Key Pattern Washi Tape

You may have noticed that I love the knotwork, key patterns and spirals of Celtic art. I had a neat idea for another way to share that. I turned one of my key patterns into some fun Celtic key pattern washi tape. The test run came out great! If you want some to play with, I have a limited quantity from the first run of the Celtic Key Pattern Washi Tape available in the shop.