Writing is hard, geometry is pretty

Writing is hard, geometry is pretty

Oh blog. Writing is hard.

I’ve been having trouble the last few weeks to focus on this project. Partly it has to do with other (fun! and! exciting!) stuff keeping me busy and I also needed to take things a slow for a little longer than I thought (the writing of blog posts deep into the night might have something to do with that). However, I also think it has to do with the fact that I’m feeling so much better. I started this blog at the beginning of March in part because I needed to distract myself from the overwhelming pain and sadness that had forced its way into my life and I was looking for a way to cope.

It is working. I am coping and week by week I’ve been feeling happier and lighter. I really think a lot of it has been because of writing this blog. But as I said, writing is hard. Especially now that I feel like I’m capable to pick up my life again, suddenly all these exciting stuff is coming up and the time I have to write and do for this project is getting a lot less abundant.

However – I’m still committed to keep doing this. I might have to be a bit less ambitious about each entry and not making them be as elaborate as they have been at times. But: I’ve set myself a challenge and I would really like to succeed in making this a year long journey.

So: I’m back, with a Tiny Tuesday project to talk about – it’s going to be short but hopefully also sweet.

I already did this project over two weeks ago, just before I went on a little unplanned blog vacation. I had gone to HEMA on my way home after a long day, a bit tired and cranky, and HEMA always makes me feel better. Especially their stationary and crafts section. I took home different stacks of colored cardboard and paper and these were my favorite:

prints!

We’d just gotten a new printer and that night I thought I’d try it out by printing these templates for platonic solids that I had pinned on my Tiny Crafts Tuesday board. (I had to look up why they are called Platonic solids too – here’s the wiki link. You’re welcome.)

So after dinner I quickly printed them…

print out templates

…and then took the print outs, scissors, glue and cutting board to the couch and installed myself for an evening of paper cutting.

let the cutting begin

I didn’t use a particularly sharp pair of scissors but they still turned out pretty neat. Here’s the first set done – these are the templates for the dodecahedrons…

two of each

…and after come more cutting…

third one done

…and more cutting…

snippets

…I was ready for assembly.

I started with an easy one: the octahedron. I just scored the dotted lines…

scoring

…with this as a result.

octahedron scored

Then, I just glued it together. Here’s a dodecahedron in the making – lots of tricky folding and glueing:

glueing dodecahedron

And here’s an almost finished hexahedron (or cube) – the easiest one to make:

glueing cube

I loved it when the pattern on the cardboard lined up perfectly!

It all took a little longer than expected so at some point I had to go to bed and leave the last of the glueing for the next morning. Here’a scored but yet unglued icosahedron:

continued in the morning

…and here I’m finishing up the last of the glueing – this was so fiddly I might have called this pretty Platonic solid by another not very pretty name.

trickiest to glue

Result!

IMG_7470

So pretty! I actually like them like this and not as a garland as they are made into in the tutorial. I just have to find the right place for them still. But I definitely recommend doing this project – it’s very gratifying and, apart from a little patience needed while glueing them together, it’s one of the easiest projects to date!

Go make some platonic solids yourself and decorate your house with pretty geometry.

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