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Star Light Star Bright by 1sand0s Star Light Star Bright by 1sand0s
So the story behind this little guy goes as follows. In November I was visiting a couple of friends in San Francisco. They knew I enjoyed origami and had found a cool little paper shop aptly named The Paper Tree in Japantown. Instead of purchasing half the store and have to haul it on the plane, I limited myself to only a handful of items. One of these items was a pack of 6 sheets of glow in the dark paper. If you know anything about me, you'll know I love shiny things. I couldn't pass it up. But with only 6 sheets, 3 green and 3 pink, what could I make? Since I've had so my practice making tiny modular pieces, being the frugal paper hoarder I am, I decided to try a 30 unit piece from Tomoko Fuse's Floral Origami Globes. This is the Rhombic Patches / Type 3.

The unique twist to most the modules in this book is that each unit consist of 2 sheet of paper folded together. On top of this, one of the sheet is a 2:1 ratio, i.e. not square, and the other is of varying size depending on the unit and acts as an accessory. Up till now I was afraid of using paper that was too small as the accessory piece can have some complicated folds. But if I wanted to get 30 even 2:1 ratio sheets out of 2 sheets of paper I'd have to get over that fear quickly. Fortunately the glow in the dark paper would be the 2:1 ratio piece and was easy to fold. Unfortunately, the black accessory piece ended up being SUPER tiny. I believe I managed to get all 30 pieces I needed out of one 6" sheet of paper WITH paper left over. Each black sheet was half an inch by an inch or something absurd like that. And that was BEFORE folding it! So it was challenging. Everything finally came together and the entire globe is small. It is roughly 1 3/4 inches in diameter.

But it's pretty boring under normal light. Since it's glow in the dark paper I figured it would be it's own illumination. So this photo is a minute long exposure under pitch black conditions after "charging" the paper up. If you didn't know, ultra-violet light super charges any glow in the dark material in a fraction of a second. Using my black light I got one side more charged than the other so things wouldn't look quite so flat. I also sat it on a sheet of white paper so the glow would reflect off, which worked well.

Over all I'm very pleased with the model and the photograph. I hope you like it as much as I do!
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Given 2013-04-19
Star Light Star Bright by *1sand0s The suggester wrote: "The artist has chosen the ideal model for which to use this paper (I mean, don't you love those glowing, emerald stars??) and the globe itself is well-folded and impeccably, if simply, presented." ( Suggested by synconi and Featured by maytel )
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JRollendz Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg, GLOW paper?! I need some
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1sand0s Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
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Kind of expensive at $0.84/sheet but totally worth it if you have a project in mind. There are three green and three pink sheets in the pack but both colors glow green. I think there is a clear gritty type material actually glued to the paper which does the glowing (as my fingers were glowing after folding this) so theoretically you could have any color underneath but it will always glow green. Another similar option I've used to make paper glow is fluorescent ink. The downside is you need an ultraviolet (black) light to get it to glow. Not bad, per se, but you get excess blue glow from the light and not the stark blackness like here. The plus side is you have a few color options; pink, orange, yellow, and green. At least those are all the colors I've found so far in marker inks. Need to sit down and play with that soon.

Let me know what you do with your paper if you get some. :)
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JRollendz Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have 3 blacklights :) I'll have to get some ink. I'm not sure where I'd find glowing paper around here. Although, I do have paper that glows under black light, but doesn't glow in the dark. If I get some ink I'll probably do some funky designs.
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TheCelticPoet Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Congrats on the DD! This looks really awesome, great job!
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1sand0s Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks man! I wasn't expecting it at all, or really expect any recognition for my art. I just upload what I do and like when someone enjoys it. But now that I've got one for origami / photography, I really want one for my knot work. There is always something else to work for, eh? ;)
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TheCelticPoet Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I feel the same way (except without the DD)! :)
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Something to keep in mind: I think the people who run dA have an under-appreciation for Celtic artwork.

Oh, by the way, this picture is my new wallpaper.:D
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Skelon Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
gr8 walpaper!
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1sand0s Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks, glad you like it! I'm always wondering what people do with my stuff when they download it. Kind of amazing to think someone wants to stare at my art all day long or save it for whatever purpose. I know lots of people are worried about having pieces "stolen" and use digital watermarks. For me though... I don't know. I just don't like the idea of trying to hold on to something so virtual. Not to mention it really mars the actual photo. There is no real value in a print, in my opinion, beyond the physical printing cost. You cannot steal style and I'm amazed at so many people who worry about that. If someone want to try and claim my art as their own, they'll have a hard time trying to duplicate it. And if they do "better" at it than me, then that was never my style.

In short, information wants to be free. I try and promote that idea by not adding watermarks and allowing free downloads so you can enjoy a great wallpaper if that's what you use it for. Sorry for the rant but it got me thinking. I could go on longer about Intellectual Properties and Copyrights but I'll save that for another day. ;)
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Keyblade0 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
That is one amazing star *-*
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srcpcsoha Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Congrats on the DD! :)
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz: :iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
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iamkathybrown Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is paper? I thought it was some kind of die and was about to be sad I could not buy it. So beautiful...
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1sand0s Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
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Yup, it is paper. One thing I noticed is that it isn't exactly an ink or dye soaked into the paper. It's more like sandpaper where the "sand" is the part that glows and especially in the photo you can see the rough texture. So as you fold the paper the glowing part wears off a little bit and I ended up with a couple of glowing finger tips.

Another thing I've done is use fluorescent ink, like most highlighters have, to color paper. The downside to this is you need a black light to make it glow. I'll use Copic markers, colors FYG1, FY1, FYR1, FRV1 with the F standing for Fluorescent, to color paper. The advantage to Copics over a cheaper highlighter is that since the ink is alcohol based it soaks into the paper and colors bother sides. It's a pretty nifty effect.

That's more than you wanted to know probably but can you tell I like shiny things? And thank you very much!
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iamkathybrown Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, it was not too much info! Thank you!
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TakaTakaNekoChan Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is so beautiful. :heart: :heart:
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Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Oh I do love this! :la:

This just makes me smile so big. :D Great work! :clap:
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1sand0s Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you. I'm glad it makes you smile. :)
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Minkymy Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
gorgeous.
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
:heart: Congrats on the DD! :clap:
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Ylaran Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
I just love it : ) working small is such a challenge and so rewarding when it goes well.
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1sand0s Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks. And I know what you are talking about. By the 30th black piece my normally lengthy patience was coming to an end. After it was assembled and my sanity started returning, it was a great feeling.

I have noticed that 6" (15mm) paper tends to be an ideal size for most origami projects. Anything smaller does a number on your patience and anything larger, like 24" (60mm) paper is challenging to work with in it's own way, like finding the room to fold and keeping a crease straight across the entire length. A .05 degree deviation halfway through magnifies into a full inch error on the other side. Not to mention that large of a sheet of paper cost a fortune if it's decorated.
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Ylaran Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
I find the decorations to be difficult to fold no matter the size of the paper. They don't crease well, they bunch up. just ugh.
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leona007 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Gorgeous!!
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GDeyke Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013   Writer
This is so cool all around: concept, execution, photo. I want one. ;p
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1sand0s Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I never really consider myself very good (I dislike specializing) at any one thing so I try to put average things together in extraordinary ways. A great photographer spends all their time taking pictures and a great origami-ist (origamian? paper folder? What do you call someone who does origami?) folds paper all the time. Me, I don't have the attention span to do anything for a prolonged period so I hop around and do the best with whatever I'm doing at the time. Coincidentally, I got into photography BECAUSE of origami and dA years ago. I got mad because I couldn't quite convey what I was seeing in the origami in real life to online. So I got a decent camera and tried to take better photos of the models. Soon I caught the photography bug and started taking pictures of other things and wanted to get better at that. Recently I upgraded my camera and wanted to focus more on the photo portion than the origami portion like I have in the past.

What you see is the results. I felt this was a good balance of photography and origami. So thanks for recognizing each part and how they came together! ;) I can send you links to the paper I used and the book with the particular units so you can make your own if you like. It isn't super hard, unless you're insane like me and make it this small. It just takes a bit of practice.
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GDeyke Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013   Writer
I'm a big fan of dabbling in various things myself, so I can see where you're coming from with that. I'm not sure I have the patience for origami, but I'd love those links in case I do ever get up the courage to try! This if anything would be worth the effort - I love shiny things too.
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mea00 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really good job! Congrats on the DD
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This-Demonic-Dork Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow, that's beautiful, it looks like it was difficult to make! :O
Congrats on the well-deserved DD! :la:
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    Congrats on the well deserved DD! :dalove:
    Have a nice day! :heart:
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LostGryphin Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing~
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bear48 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Professional
:wow: you got a DD

I hop to earn one someday

Be well
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1sand0s Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Lol, I know! It's weird to log in and wonder why you have 500 more messages than the day before. Then you realize it'll be near impossible to respond to them all...

And if you've not earned a DD yet, I don't know why. You've got a very distinctive and energetic style, much more fluid and dynamic than mine. Not to mention you really are a major part of the community. You know about half the people on dA, right? :) Just keep doing what you're doing and I hope one day too that the right person will recognize your art for it's awesomeness.
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bear48 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Professional
seems like only 1/4 of the folks on DA ;)

Thank you
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boyinstar Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
赞一个,漂亮
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anzhou Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
gorgeous!
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Wooltree Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
This is beautiful! Both the origami work and the photography :) Congrats on the DD!
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PurpleChaos Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Wonderful!
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vanmall Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats on the Daily Deviation! :happybounce:
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caduceus26 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Love it - the idea, stars and emerald green. Have a nice day ;)
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1sand0s Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you. I wish there was more glow in the dark stuff besides green. That way you could make some very vibrant pieces. Hmm, I'm sure there is and if I cannot find it on the internet then it doesn't exist. Need to look that up now.
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bear48 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Professional
nice job
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Sosewuta Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's beautiful.
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1sand0s Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I appreciate that. :)
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avguztina Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
Amazing work.
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1sand0s Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you.
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synconi Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Also: how big did this end up being? :eager:
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1sand0s Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Roughly 1 3/4 inches in diameter. It's tiny. I'll have to upload a photo under normal light with a coin next to it for scale. It would cost an arm and a leg for a larger one as you'd need exponentially more glow in the dark paper, which cost around a dollar a sheet I think.

And thanks for noticing my genius! It's so under appreciated at times. :) Honestly, I used to have these little glow in the dark stars you could stick to your ceiling. So when I saw the paper, I immediate thought of those. I remembered this model having the nice 5 pointed star shape and just put two and two together. I'm racking my brain for other uses for the remaining paper.
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synconi Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Marvellous, I suspected it'd be so little!

You're very welcome :)
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synconi Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013   Artisan Crafter
This is brilliant; the choice of glow-in-the-dark paper a stroke of genius and the globe is both well folded and beautifully presented :heart:
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