Friday, October 14, 2011
Making a Star of David Papercut
Making a papercut of the Star of David in a bifold is a bit complicated, so I was practicing last night. I've been cutting wee little holiday ornaments while resting in my Night Studio and I thought these would make nice gifts for some people I know.
Normally, I don't draw before I cut, but these must be geometrically precise, so I've sketched a bit. Hopefully, I will eventually be able to cut them by sight - but not yet.
First I make a regular four- fold base, as I would do on any other eight-sided mandala...
and then cut a design around the edge as a border.
I will be cutting the Star in the center, so now I open up the piece to a bifold (folded only once. and lightly sketch half a Star onto it.
I cut along the outside edge, leaving a band at the side as a connector.
I cut out the inside center and the top and bottom.
Now I must use a knife to cut out the two side triangles.
And... Voila! The Star appears when you open your paper.
Can you tell which one of these was my first attempt?