Kusudama Venus – Paper Ball

by Ancella on November 25, 2008

in Modular & Geometric

Paper Ball Kusudama

Kusudama Venus

This model looks very dainty and intricate when you first look at it, but in reality, is very quick to fold!

This floral kusudama is a popular sight on YouTube.com’sPaper Ball Kusudama - as well as on many other Origami-related websites. I think almost everyone who is into Origami has tried this one out!

Here, smaller the paper size you use, the prettier will be your final model! So, here’s where all those bits of gaily patterned wrapping paper or even varied colored Post-it notes come in real handy.

What you need:

36 sheets of square shaped paper of your choice. I have used the readily available (yeah, I did buy an enormous pack) Post-Its to fold this model.

A needle and thread to connect all the units into a globe

Tasseled String for decorative Purposes – (optional)

How to Fold this Model:

A video on YouTube.com explains how to fold a unit of this model. This is a 5 part video (short videos) which explain the folds as well how to attach the 36 units you make in the end.

Putting it all together:

Once you have folded your 36 units required for this paper ball, divide them into the following groups:

A. 1 unit for the top –centre
B. 6 units for the first row
C. 11 units for the second row
D. Another 11 units for the third row
E. 6 more units for the fourth row
F. The last unit for the bottom –centre

String or thread a needle gently through the bottom tip of the single top – centre unit. After this, string it though the bottom tips of the next 6 units, thereby completing (A) and (B) above. Proceed to separately string together (C), (D), (E) and (F). Once you are at this stage, gently and carefully group (A), (B) and (C) as one hemisphere of the paper ball. Similarly for (D), (E) and (F). Then, pull these two hemispheres together, keeping in mind to tie the threads at the centre of the paper ball when the hemispheres are brought close together.

Once you have tied it firmly, carefully wriggle the 2 groups’ threads / string to the opposite ends and pull gently, yet firmly.

The paper ball should remain in shape (spherical) this way. Once done, you can adjust the units properly, if required.

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