I want to give you joy!!
Remember last year we offered a santa hat box? (scroll to find the free pattern!) Well this year we want to offer you this free Giant (24 inches tall) Candy Cane 3D Papercraft! It just feels right...I think we all need the bright and whimsical colors around. Enjoy! If its your first time at printing the patterns, head over to our how to pages for some support. (for starters, you just need to click the image to get the pdf pattern or click here!)
Much love, Sofs
I feel sorry when people feel frustrated while making our 3D Papercraft kits. Lately I found that explaining the art of 3d papercrafting / Lowpoly Paper while comparing it to alpine skiing gives a pretty accurate visual.
While some of our kits are at the 'easy' level, there is still a necessary learning curve involved. Same for skiers who would take an easy hill for the first time, they would most likely feel that it was not very ‘easy’. Equally your first few 3D Papercraft kit may not seem very easy the first time around. However, if you make a second or perhaps third one, it will become a simple craft.
That said we also offer many videos, pictures and explanation on our website to provide as much support as you need.
Perhaps also just like skiing, some people will take to it and some won’t. We certainly did to both activities! ( as you can see in the above picture. This was me as a teen, I grew-up on the slopes!)
We sure hope you will enjoy the experience but if you don’t its ok too!
So if you are gere its most likely that, like me, you looked online to see if someone had done this experiment yet and found very little. I did find lots of poeple asking and talking about evwrything else they tried except this! Lots of people layered cement and epoxy but not actually mixed it. I did find one helpful video by a link here on youtube, thank you. That gave me enough to keep going with his experiment.
First I tried approximately ( everything is approximate!) 65% epoxy resin ( art resin) and 35% cement ( cement all quick setting) I mixed my epoxy first as per instructions and then I added my cement powder right in. (no water added) It worked super well. It came out darker and it sort of look like wet cement. It feels more like resin then cement and took a good 24 hours to fully cure.
For m second try, I used the reverse so 65% cement and 35% resin. This time I mixed my cement as I would have normally except I kept it on the dryer side (a bit less water then I would normally). Then I mixed my resin as per instructions and mixed both substance. Again here it worked like a charm! This time it looks a but more like cement would and took a bit less time to dry although it still takes much more time then just the quick setting cement all. See picture above of the 2 resin mix with cement experiment. Darker more resin looking is the first try and second is this new ratio.
I finally tried with even less resin to see if I can get that real cement feel ( grainy and sand feel versus the resin with is more plastic). I tried a 90% cement versus 10% resin ratio. It made the casting strong enough that my object did not break when I pulled it out of the mold and it feels like cement. Yay!! Here is a picture ( below) of the 3 different ratios although I don’t think it really shows.
Oh my, oh my! I am a forever fan of this amazing magazine that has help and inspired me through the years.
This summer, I am over the moon the say Sofs is in their Little U magazine #3 !! little U is a offspring of the Upper magazine. A smaller pocket book kinda mag. Check it out and also check out all the other amazing mags by uppercase. (hum hum, ... is also a made in Canada mag from Calgary!)
Comment accrocher votre licorne sur le mur vous dites? Facile, regardé! ( une punaise, un petit clou ou même du ruban double face.
Ok so in the last week or so, I have had quite a bit of a learning experience trying to figure out the cricut design space for 3d papercrafting! Honestly I am writing this post so I can go back to it if I ever forgot how I prepared my svg files to use with cricut. If you have other tricks and helpful comments please SHARE!
using dxf versus svg
For some unknown reason the cricut design space allows dxf files but was not able to read them properly even if they have seperate color lines. I had to resave my dxf into svg in adobe illustartor for the cricut software to allow for the different color lines to be separated into layers.
transforming your numbers from text to vector
For the numbers on your tabs to appear on your svg file, you need to transform them in some ways. They are a text format and they need to be a vector line (if that makes sense). What you can do is select one number and in your top menu choose 'select' then 'same' then 'appearance'. This should select all your numbers. From there in your menu choose 'type' then 'create ouline' this should do it. Save.
coloring your score and cut lines
'If has mentionned above you start with a dxf file your lines will already be colored so you can just save as an svg file and the colors will be set. If you start with svg or eps, you will need to select your fold lines (valley and montains) and color them. I start by selecting a mountain line (------) and choose in top menu 'select' then choose 'same' then 'apperance' in illustartor and it will automaticly select all mountain lines. I then change the color to blue. do the same with valley lines. Save.
size of your svg file
The issues here is that it doesn't register the 'artboards' or 'background' so it gives you the pieces in a group only which is fine if they are good to go but cricut doesn't allow you (or so I think) to resize by %. You can only do resizing by size of your grouping of pieces you have uploaded.
There are a 2 ways you can do this here.
way 1: You can prepare your files and create trimming marks on each of you svg files. To do this you would selct all your pieces on your svg file in illustrator and choose from the top menu 'object' then create trim marks. If you don't have these on your files once you upload them in cricut they loose their 'artboards', it will make that size different for each grouping you upload which would scew the peice themselves and they would not fit together.
way 2 Another way to do it is you need resize (enlarge or reduce) all grouping in each file to the same % before you upload them to cricut. You can do this in illustrator or inkscape which is a free software. Save.
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