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Fold an Origami Lucky Star by houseki-stock Fold an Origami Lucky Star by houseki-stock
Quick tutorial on how to make lucky stars. Sorry it's such a big file; I took a bunch of pictures and stuff! (:

By the way, the size of the paper doesn't matter much, as long as it's a strip of paper :)

The paper used to make the stars is my own star paper set, which you can find here: [link]
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Kotana-Clone Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Student General Artist
it's hard to get it puffy on both edges so i stuff the other side.Do u have any tips on how?
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houseki-stock Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Student Photographer
I think your problem may be because you aren't folding it tight enough, so the star is hard to inflate. Try folding tightly and it may help. When inflating, try to push your nail into the star, and then pinch the corner. (:
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Kotana-Clone Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Student General Artist
I do fold it tight but your tips have helped me.
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houseki-stock Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Student Photographer
Great! Hope you can make the stars. (:
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Kotana-Clone Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Student General Artist
I'm doing it right now.
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ShrimpBisque Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Student General Artist
As a side note: I never did understand how people are able to pinch the corners of their stars to puff them out instead of pushing the edges in. The paper needed for that technique must be pretty thin. :o

Then again, since I use my stars for jewelry, I need them to be sturdier, so I use thicker paper. The stars come out with a more rounded look to them, and I think it's cuter. :P

Good job on the tutorial, though! :D
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houseki-stock Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Student Photographer
I do it both ways, but I find it faster and for me, it ends up looking better. When I use thick paper, I end up pushing the edges in. XD
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setsume Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
I do have a question. When you make your own paper do you print it from your computer? If so how do you make it to the correct size so you don't have to make more cuts then needed? I mean like if you take a picture you found online or took your self, how are you able to know what size to make the picture so it works out? I found some lucky star paper on DA and printing it out to make the stars is difficult. I do now know if it is because of the setting, i mean because of the zoom 'percentage' or what.
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ShrimpBisque Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Student General Artist
*jumps in* I cut my own paper for these, and I've printed some of my own designs before. I use standard letter paper size for my star printing (8 1/2 x 11 inches). (For me, one letter-size sheet yields about 27 stars.)

When you want to print an image, there should be an option in the printing setup that's something like "center and rotate to fit". Of course, the bigger the image the better; I find that the best image size to use is somewhere around 2500x3000 pixels; that way the design isn't really blurry.

If you want to put together your own images/patterns for printing, you can use an image editing program to either tile an image so it's a repeated pattern or just put stuff together in a big image. You can use Paint for some stuff, but it takes a while and is not good for printing; I recommend Photoshop. It's a lot easier in Photoshop to edit colors across the board anyway.

If you can't print in color at home, FedEx-Kinko's lets you print stuff in color (not for free).

I hope that helps ^^;
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setsume Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011
Ah. Thanks, I've printed stuff out and used them to make my own star paper strips. But I've never been able to figure out how exactly to make it, I mean like if you look up the strips they show in the preivew as very small and not taking a lot of space on the paper. So I had to expand it so it takes the while sheet, though that warps the lines so it makes it hard to figure out where to cut. I'm starting to get the hang of it, but it doesn't hurt to ask others and see how they do it.
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