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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 )
JRollendz Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg, GLOW paper?! I need some
1sand0s Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter

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. :)
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.
TheCelticPoet Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Congrats on the DD! This looks really awesome, great job!
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? ;)
TheCelticPoet Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I feel the same way (except without the DD)! :)
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
Skelon Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
gr8 walpaper!
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. ;)
Keyblade0 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
That is one amazing star *-*
srcpcsoha Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Congrats on the DD! :)
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