1.15.2012

Try This: Copper Skewb Napkin Rings Tutorial

Introducing another new series here on Fabric Paper Glue called "Try This."  It's a pretty simple concept, some might even call it a tutorial or DIY series because, well, that's what it is.  Anyway, why don't you give this a try:

Copper Skewb* Napkin Rings
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*Michael suggested this name.  I humored him.
Skewed cubes = skew + cube = skewb.

Materials:  4 - wooden napkin rings, 12 - 1" wooden cubes, glossy white paint, metallic copper paint, craft paint brush(es), gold or copper bead wire, electric drill, tiny drill bit (~1/16")

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First off, let's all brace ourselves for how cheap this project is.  Braced?  Alright.  $2!  (assuming you have some basic supplies already on hand) 

Directions: Using just about the tiniest drill bit you can find (I used 1/16"), drill a couple of holes through your rings and a couple of holes all the way through two adjacent sides of each cube.
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Now, you get to paintin'.  Give each ring and each cube a few coats of the white and copper paint, respectively.
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Let everything dry. I'm uber impatient, but you gotta do this or you'll just muck everything up. I gave mine a little less than a day to dry.

To make each ring, start with three cubes and about a foot of bead wire.
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Thread the wire through all three cubes.
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Gather the cubes up tightly and give the wire a twist or two.
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Thread each wire end through the holes in your napking ring.
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Bend the wire ends in opposite directions.
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Wrap each wire end around the ring and between the cubes.
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Inside the ring, twist the wire ends around on themselves a few times and clip off the ends.
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That's it, my friends! Now put 'em around some fun napkins, place it atop some layered plates, invite all your sophisticated friends over for an uber-trendy dinner party, impress them with your crafting skills, and dazzle them with your use of the word "skewb."
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