How to Make 3-D God's Eyes!

God's Eyes 3-D

My friend Michelle has inspired me on more than one occasion to think about the crafty possibilities of cereal box cardboard! Guess what - I just used it again - to make God's Eyes! And turned what was at first a negative outcome into a very cool new way to make God's Eyes! 3-D God's eyes!

You see, the problem that occurs when using cereal box cardboard for the supports is that after winding the yarn about four times, the God's Eye will begin to curve. No stopping it!

On the flip side - that little problem actually makes it possible to do things with God's Eyes that can't be done using support materials like wood.

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I usually must look for bent sticks to get this effect!

God's Eyes 8 side

And while the cardboard makes it much much easier to wrap an 8 sided God's eye, it too will begin to bend after four or five wraps.

Actually after I got over the frustration, I began to see it as a positive! As you can see - that 8 sided God's Eye looks quite - well - spacey!!!

And when two God's Eyes are joined, you get a pretty cool 3-D God's Eye! And they make beautiful little holiday ornaments! Winter - or summer!

So!  Join me as I start my Christmas in July celebrations - beginning with a little "how-to"make 3-D God's Eyes ornaments!

You can refresh your God's eye making skills here if needed. I would suggest making a couple before moving on with the tutorial. And then pay close attention to the highlighted tips included in the tutorial.

It has been my experience, while making numerous prototypes, that there are certain limitations - size is one of them. Small works much better and offers much more control with tension.

And changing colors is not recommended. It is very difficult to change colors and keep the tension uniform. If you really want to change colors, I recommend it be done right after the forth wind before proceeding to the double wind.

The little spacey station above seems to contradict everything I just said.  The thing is, as long as you are only working with one half of a structure - you can probably get away with bigger and adding colors.  It is when you are trying to actually combine two together that the problems arise - as it is challenging to make them completely the same - same curve and tension.

To get you started, I prepared this little tutorial for making a simple four sided 3-D God's Eye and once you are comfortable with the technique - experiment!!!

HOW TO MAKE A THREE DIMENSIONAL GOD'S EYE

God's eye cardboard support begin

1. Carefully measure four supports making sure they are 3/8" x 4" each. Then mark the centers.

Making each support exactly the same length and marking the exact center is very important for a perfect outcome!

2. Mark NORTH

3. Place the "east-west" support on top of the "north-south" support making certain the center marks are lined up one on top of the other. Holding the end of the yarn with your the ring and small fingers of the left hand, bring the yarn over the center of the supports, behind north, back across the center and behind south. Tie a square knot behind south.

4. Repeat the pattern one or two more times and then begin the standard God's eye weave beginning at north, wrapping east on to south - in a clock-wise direction.

5. Make four complete winds ending at north.

At this point your God's Eye should still be flat…..

God's Eyes Double wrap

…however, after four winds the cardboard will begin to form a curve.

And if the yarns are not secured at each support using a "double wind", the tension will get quite wonky.

6. Using the winding pattern shown above and holding the God's Eye as flat as possible, "double wind" 6 more rounds on your God's eye until you have a total of ten.

Count! Count! Count!  Both sides must have the same number of winds.

Ten rounds seemed to be the "magic" number - at least in my own experience. It allowed just the right curve and tension in the little God's Eye.

God's Eye technique cardboard

This is how I hold my God's eye while winding. My thumb and index finger at the front applying gentle pressure toward the back side and the middle finger and ring finger at the back applying gentle pressure at the center toward the front.

You may find another way more comfortable for you. Experiment!  What ever is needed to keep the curving under control! A little is good.  A lot is not!

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After ten winds, tie off the end of the yarn at north using a half hitch or little slip knot. Cut your yarn leaving a 1" tail.

God's Eye technique cardboard

7. When completed, your god's Eye will be concave. Gently apply pressure to the center from the back and "flip" to a convex shape!

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8. Now make another one! But DO NOT CUT the yarn when you reach north for the last time.

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9. Carefully, create a slight bend in each support tip right at the end of the yarn.

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10. Place the two halves of the god's eye together as shown and tightly pinch the north supports together. (I am pinching "west" in the photo for reference).

11. While pinching the two north supports together, tightly wind the yarn around both of them beginning right at the bend and continuing up the support to within about 1/4" of the end. Wind in a clockwise direction.

12. Now continue winding back down to the spot where you began winding the support.

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13. Carry the yarn to the front of north and then carry it toward east. Carry the yarn behind east - as you can see it will create a diagonal yarn from north to east.

Wind around the east supports just as your did the north supports.

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14. From east move to south and this time create the diagonal by carrying the yarn from behind east to infront of south before winding. This will change the direction of the diagonal as you can see above.

15. Continue around the god's eye in a clockwise direction until you again arrive at north. Tie off the yarn and clip.

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If you have kept your tensions fairly even and matched up all the support ends, you should have a 3-D God's Eye. Notice that both sides are nearly identical. Work to make them as close to the same curve as possible.

The supports are flexible and can be "shaped" a little if needed.

This may take a little practice to get the feel of it. I had to make a few before I could depend on them turning out well every time! (Those are some of my prototypes clustered together at the top of the string of God's eyes in the first photo!)

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16. Cut off any bits of cardboard that stick out beyond the yarn. I usually clip to within 1/16" and then….

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….add a drop of glue (at the back) to each end. Aleene's super tacky works great and will dry clear.

I also trim my winding yarns quite close and secure with a bit of glue as well.

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17. To hang, I like to cut a piece of yarn about 8" long, run it through the openings just under north and tie together.

And….. you are done!!!

I have been playing around with making a 3-D 8 sided God's eye. Still in the "prototype" stage as you can see below!

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My flying saucer!!!

As you can see, I am experimenting! Once securing the two halves together, I am  winding between the supports in the same diagonal pattern as I use in the four sided God's Eye. Look closely - I think you will see what I mean!

I hope some of you will be inspired to experiment and play around with the "flying saucers". I am thinking they could be very cool once perfected. Let me know how your's turned out!!!

awesome ,cool and briliant

awesome ,cool and briliant idea. wooow this is cool.
at first , i'm far behind my mailbox that is pilling out.LOL
so i have search for only your name to watch the things i have missed.
at first i thought what is the special trick about this.
but it's 3d, awesome.
it's set to a higher level. and such a great tute love it , as well your sharing.
many dutch hugs with kisses
jet

I've made gods eyes many

I've made gods eyes many times - I did some out of silver wire back when I had a jewelry business - but I never thought to try making them in 3D. Love this look!

These are beautiful! I have

These are beautiful! I have always loved the folklore and tradition of Ojos de Dios from the Huichol people in Mexico.
Thank you for your kind comment about my Sampler Quilt on my blog :)

I like how you took the curve

I like how you took the curve of the materials and put it to good use. This week, while cleaning, I found a couple of mini God's Eyes that my dad had made in the 70's, I think they are made with toothpicks and thread. Going to take a photo and put it on Flickr now.

Very cool, Pam! Thanks for

Very cool, Pam! Thanks for sharing. So many possibilities. The spaceshippy near the top of your post gives me visions of going multi-crafty and attaching it to a decorative flat back that's larger -- maybe an embroidery hoop with stretched fabric with the posts sewn on and beads? Embroidery around it? Or just a larger cereal box cardboard backing painted, maybe with some yarn embroidery, too? Crocheted edging? So many options for fun!

Ooooooh!  i am loving all

Ooooooh!  i am loving all your ideas!  My mind is exploding!!! Wow!  thank you for taking time to share!

Wow those are beautiful!

Wow those are beautiful! You're right about the 3-Dness of them. Quite fantastic eh? Don't you love it when your experiments lead to such awesome discoveries?!

So so GREAT!

Yes!  And I love having

Yes!  And I love having friends who inspire me as you so often do!

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