Sunday, November 27, 2011

Leaf cane and beads

Trying out an idea for a Fimo polymer clay cane with a leaf pattern. Above left: the cane before reducing. Above right: Slices from the leaf cane on beads, before going into the oven. The squares are 1 cm.

The beads after curing (baking in oven). Above, the bead surface before sanding. The colors changed quite a lot - the background, which was pale violet, probably contained some translucent clay, since it darkened so much.

The round beads look like blueberries, with a painted-on blueberry leaf pattern, silly... For the flat beads, I added a pale clay layer before slicing. It was supposed to be a pale gold frame, but it mostly looks like someone's finger was cut to pieces, and happened to have a blueberry pattern inside :) 

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Wooden beads

The things my home-made 'jewelry' has mostly consisted of, so far. Wooden beads, small 4mm ones above, and larger 6mm beads below. In the pictures are the contents of three bags of beads (165/125 pieces per color for the smaller/larger ones).

Friday, November 11, 2011

Folder Reduced

I've never managed to find a slim A5 folder - it seems one can have only one special property per item, either slim or A5. So I sacrificed a slim A4 folder, and cut it to hold a sheet of folded A4 paper. If I punch holes at the open end of the folded sheet, and make two cuts from the edge to the holes on one side, then I can fold out the A4 sheet without opening the rings.

The reduced folder compared to one in the original size.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Saturday, November 5, 2011


Bubbles in a beer bottle.

The bubbles shape themselves so that their surface area is minimal. Where three surfaces meet along one edge, the angles between them are 120 degrees. In a corner where four bubbles meet, the edges extend with the tetrahedral angle. These rules are Plateau's laws.

My few bubbles already look like a foam. Apparently the optimal structure of a foam with bubbles of equal volume is still unknown. The Weaire-Phelan structure is the best one known.
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