I had the opportunity to present my research in a colloquium using a craft activity to supplement my presentation. I decided to teach the audience to make modular spheres (like the ikea lamps) to demonstrate the idea of molecular self-assembly. Everyone seemed to have fun, and I think it complimented the concept well. It would probably be more appropriate for middle school students, but the grad students were obliging guinea pigs for my first attempt at Teaching Research Through Tactile Activity!
I explored ombre seed bead weaving to make myself jewelry for a special occasion. I ended up with a bracelet, earrings and a hairpiece. I didn’t even end up wearing this set, but it makes for an airy, intricate jewelry style.
The elusive unicorn horn! This was just a goofy little craft I made for a friend. It’s a felt unicorn horn made from a tutorial found here: http://tikkido.com/node/998
I painted these using watercolor pencils for a friend’s summer wedding to use for their invitations and decorations.