Kumihimo is japanese braiding. Kumi means "coming together" and Himo means "threads". I was told this was first used by the samurai to bind their armor to thier bodies. Using a braiding disk with 8 slots, and 7 strands, my students made cool friendship bracelets. a great website for 16 strand kumihimo is http://www.homemade-gifts-made-easy.com/ .
Thursday, March 15, 2012
This started as a sub plan. Our 4 floors look like a starry night!
Basically, I printed this template off, and photocopied it with scrapbook patterns on the other side. Each student needs 5 templates. ( for me, that 750 copies!) They cut, score, fold, glue. Then we hang. Here are the steps on the instruction sheet I give to every student. The student copy included an image from the original website.
5 Point Star Directions
1. Cut and Score. Cut five shapes using the template. Use the paper template as a guide and score along the fold lines to give crisp folds. I used an empty ball point pen.
Fold. Fold along the lines and glue the long edge together. This forms one point of the star. Repeat until all five points have been formed.
Assemble the star. Now it's time to start assembling the star! Take two points, run a line of glue or double sided tape along one of the inverted 'v' edges of the open part of the point and attach this to the next point as shown.
4. Finishing. Attach the final point to complete the star. This can be a little fiddly, so it is best to attach one side of the final point, before attaching the remaining side.
Monday, March 12, 2012
I think it is the public library. This guy was set up in a room at the library, bonking on these giant xylophones (sp?) He was very nice and let Ollie make some music. They are pretty! He is working on getting ones put in public spaces like parks! great idea! Good Luck big guy!
then we use rollers to apply texture, and used a template to trace the opening and loom holes.
Flip it over, put name on it. Set it on paper towel on a clay board to dry. Put in kiln, fire, glaze, fire, and string up the weft. weave between. see this website for great details.