Sunday, December 16, 2018

Wrap It Up

No-Sew Cord Wrap

So a year or so ago I was looking around at different types of cord wrap projects and I loved the simplicity of the cord taco.

I tried my hand at making my own and was very happy with the results, but of course I had to try to improve the process. I ended up using magnetic fasteners and iron on patches to make a no-sew cord wrap that is both easy to make and very durable.

Now my kids end up stealing my phone charging cord all the time because it is in the best shape and always easy to find. So for Christmas I am getting them new cords and making them their own cord wraps.

I only need 3 materials:

Magnetic Fasteners like these from Amazon:

 2" x 3" Iron-On patches also available on Amazon but I grabbed them at Walmart.

And last some sturdy fabric, I find material from old blue jeans to be very useful.

The 2"x3" patches are the perfect size as is, but you can also cut larger patches to different shapes.
The magnetic fasteners have legs that slip through small cuts made in the patch.
Use the back plates that come with the fasteners are to mark where to make your cuts.
Slip the fastener through the front of the patch and place the back plate behind the patch (shiny side), then bend the legs out.
Flip the patch over and iron it onto some sturdy material like an old pair of jeans or canvas. The patch will secure the fastener and keep any material from fraying.
Once the patch is fully secured (iron both sides) let it cool and then cut around the edge and wrap it around a cord.
I use washi tape to personalize the chargers to make sure my kids know which one is theirs.
And there you have it, perfectly organized cords. Easy to hang and keep track of.

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Better Than a Gold Star

One of the first designs I made for my 3D printer was the Swedish Heart design.

I had always loved making folded paper hearts with my kids and wanted to make a Christmas ornament in that style.
I used my favorite program OpenSCAD and some math and created something I really loved.

Even now this is my favorite design and the earrings made from it are the best selling item in my Etsy shop.
But I’ve never made a necklace that I’m really happy with. 

3D printing is great for earrings where being lightweight is an advantage. But I always feel the necklaces need more weight. Which is why I started experimenting with resin.
I’m still working on creating the right resin and PLA necklace, but in the meantime decided to try Shapeways.

Shapeways is a 3D printing service that allows you to print your designs in many more materials than I can print at home. So I took my design for a 3D printed Swedish Heart Necklace and sent it to them to have printed in rose gold plated brass.

I couldn’t be more thrilled. The original estimate on delivery was almost a month but it arrived in half that time. The necklace turned out beautifully. It is a great weight and seems really well made.

Shapeways allows you to put up your designs to sell, so I will put up a few designs I think would look good in materials I cannot print in. I will probably put up the matching heart earrings and try to justify to myself buying the set.

But being able to send out my design and have it printed somewhere else in a new material really makes me feel like I have leveled up as a designer.

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