It amuses me that while I'm totally a freeform bead-weaver, I find it's tremendous fun figuring out how to build these three-dimensional geometric shapes out of flat pieces of paper. And I love that once I've come up with the design, my Cricut does all the hard work, cutting everything out, even scoring my fold-lines. All I have to do is (carefully) peel the paper off the cutting mat and assemble the boxes. This is especially helpful as I've been going through a rough spot this winter, where beading, painting, even typing have been difficult due to the pain and stiffness in my hands and forearms. Luckily, I think we've finally figured out what was causing the imflammation, and I'm slowly on the mend. (This Sunday I'll be sharing my latest bead weaving - cute little freeform peyote rings, perfect projects when you can't bead a lot!)
But in the meantime, I'm having a great time trying to come up with designs for little boxes that don't require glue. I like to think of this as creative-cross training. Not as daring as the trapeze classes a few years back, but more suited to my current fitness levels. :)
|little tabs hold the boxes together|
|Playing with an triangular ornament design|
As my hands continue to heal, I've started trying to figure out if there are ways to combine beading and paper cutting. Towards that end, I designed these 'triangle lantern' boxes. At 4" tall, I think they could make cute ornaments, especially with a beaded-bead or tassel hanging down from the center.