Monday, May 24, 2010

A Design Challenge!

I do this as a metals project with my high school kids.  I was thinking as I was teaching, this could be used in so many ways!  I will demonstrate using the metal, sculpey, and cloth for an applique.  It all starts with a circle.  It doesn't really matter what size.  This one is just over 2 inches in diameter.

Trace or use a compass to draw the circle a few times.  Then, draw inside the circle...just some interesting ways to break up the space.  Like I tell my kids, try to find a medium between too complicated and too simple...

Now, you will need to keep copies of these, if you don't, you will most likely forget the original way you split up the space.  If you have a scanner/copier...just use that.  OR if you used pencil to sketch, simply fold over the paper and rub the back of the designs with vigor using a pen cap.

Unfold the paper and voila!  Your image transfers...enough for you to trace it at least.  It will be a reflection, but that doesn't matter in the end.

Trace the transferred copies.

Cut out ONE set of the sketches.  Cut on all the lines making a sort of puzzle.

Now it's time to re-arrange!  The only rule is that you can't get rid of any parts.  ALL OF THE ORIGINAL CIRCLE MUST BE USED. 

When you are satisfied with an arrangement, tape it together.

Here is what I came up with for my four sketches.
Tomorrow, I will show you how I made the one on the right into a cool pendant using Sculpey! Stay tuned...

3 comments:

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [24 May 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

thursday said...

This is such an intriging post! Can't wait to see the finished piece.

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [27 May 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria