Monday, August 4, 2014

The Fault In Our Stars



The fault, dear dudes, is not in our stars,
But in our ears, that they are underlings.
                                                                 -Shakespeare(-ish)

I'm still on that make-aaall-the-things-streak that I've been on for the last few weeks now. As soon as the coffee filter flowers were finished I went on clicking my way through a maze of tutorials online and came across one for straw stars. But not the kind of straw stars we would traditionally hang on our Christmas tree in Burgenland, no. These stars are made from drinking straws. 

Here are two tutorials that I used:
One is for the original stars that are made from straws.
The other uses paper but the process is the same and it's better explained. (Silent version.) 

I don't have extra-long or extra-thin straws, I just have a packet of straws that I got in a dollar store once but they're the regular size (length) and they feel quite normal in terms of thickness of the material, so no idea about that. One single straw is not enough, but you can start with one and then when that one is done, you add another flattened straw on each side by cutting a piece off at the end, sort of sharpening it, and inserting it into the straw you're using. It's wrapped tight, so no glue necessary. Then you get a nice size star at the end. 

I have no idea what these are supposed to be used for, but I decided I wanted earrings. I put a silvery metal thingie (that's the technical term, sorry, not sure how to say it so a layman would understand) in the middle and then fixed it in place with a dab of hot glue from my beloved glue gun. You can't see that at all, not even in the back. Then I stole from myself, taking the back closing thingie (just look it up, will you) off a pair of stud earrings I never wear to use with the stars. 

You could also make hoop earrings, just putting one or a few stars on each hoop. Or you could use them for something completely different. Cat toy, maybe? 

Here they are: 



I am in love!!!


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