Kusudama Venus – Paper Ball

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.

Lantern Assembly (Design by Tomoko Fuse)

Lantern Assembly (Design by Tomoko Fuse)
Lantern Assembly (Design by Tomoko Fuse)

I have tried a simple geometric model from Tomoko Fuse’s book – Kusudama Origami – and found out that these models require glue to put the model together.

However, with this particular geometric Lantern Assembly, I have added a touch of creativity and included a “kite tail” to it, too.

What you need:

Around 7 sheets of 6” square paper (at min), or an appropriate size of your choice. These would make the ‘main design’ (purple colored pieces) you see in the picture in this post. I used a smaller sized paper for this model and hence the small size of the completed model.

To match these with the piece inserted in the centre of each of these main pieces, you would have to choose a color in a contrasting shade. These are of a smaller size as compared to the purple sheets. They should be small enough to ‘fit’ in the purple unit, ‘snugly’.

Also, the ‘hexagonal’ shaped pieces are required to be folded in order to connect the purple / main pieces together. The paper used for these ‘connecting’ pieces should be of the same size as that of the purple pieces.

A bit of glue to stick the pieces together.

Type of Origami Base:

This model uses the medallion base (a variation of this) for the main pieces (i.e. the purple units u see in the picture).

For the solid yellow pieces used to connect to the purple units together, one has to fold hexagons from regular square shaped paper.

Putting it all together:

The ‘flaps’ of the Hexagonal units are used to connect to the purple units. This is done using glue.

You would need 7 of the main / purple colored units u see in the picture and 9 of the solid yellow hexagonal units.

To make a ‘Kite Tail’ for your lantern:

Fold a couple of units with the geometric design (i.e. the ‘main’, purple colored pieces you see in the image). Insert the little bit of paper in the centre of these ‘main’ units to complete the look.

Then, using a needle and thread, ‘thread’ the diagonal tips of these units, to attach them separately to the main lantern. It would be wise to tie a little knot to the thread before you ‘thread’ a unit and just after you push it in place along the thread. This will avoid the units from shifting along the ‘tail’.

Origami Rabbit (By Hideaki Sakata)

This is a 2-part post of “How to fold an Origami Rabbit“, and is aimed at helping readers to fold this model, by following the steps in a video.

This model is from the book Origami, by Hideaki Sakata

What you need:

A square shaped paper of size 6″ or slightly larger. The size of the paper would invariably depend on the size you would like the final model to be. One can get origami paper which is of varying sizes on Amazon or any craft shop.

Part – 1:

The first part or step in this, would be to fold the ‘Rabbit Base’. The Rabbit Base is used as a ‘precursor’ or base fold to many models such as different type of Birds, Swans and Rabbits as well.

How to fold this Rabbit Base:

I have prepared an ‘easy to follow’ home video on folding the Rabbit Base. Please click on the “Play” button on the video below to view.

Part-2:

The second part details how to go about folding a Rabbit, once you already have the ‘Rabbit Base’ folded.

Amazing Firecrackers (Design by Yami Yamauchi)

Completed Model
Completed Model

These pretty firecrackers are made from solid colored Origami papers. One can use any sized square sheets of origami paper, but you should remember that larger the size, the bigger the model and smaller the size, the more difficult to fold!

Origami Base:

The firecracker uses a “waterbomb” base with a little twist to it.

What you need:

You require 12 sheets of origami paper, preferably 6 different colors and therefore 2 of each.

Here’s the way to fold the model:

This video on YouTube by Sara Adams, provides very detailed steps and explanations as to how to go about folding this model.

A different pattern
A different pattern

Techinique:

One just requires a little patience in folding this intriguing model. This is especially when you come to connecting the 2 ends of the row of house shaped pieces you have. You have to be careful in folding the ends so as to not tear any piece.

However, you will find a few of the “connecting folds” opening up as you try and connect the 2 ends. Please tuck these folds in as you try and complete the model.

I have uploaded a couple of pics of the model I folded. Each of these are of a different view of the firecracker, after I turned it inside-out.

Electra! (Design by Dave Mitchell)

Electra (Design by Dave Mitchell)
Electra (Design by Dave Mitchell)

This imaginative kusudama, designed by Dave Mitchell, requires just paper and patience! One needs to use paper of a smaller size and I have seen that regular ‘Post It Note’ sizes are just perfect. One can use an array of colors to fold an Electra and ‘interlocking’ these to make a ‘globe’ is real easy too.

Origami base to start off:

It starts off with a simple ‘waterbomb’ base, and can make use of a single color of paper too.

What you need:

60 pieces or rather sheets of paper. I have used Post – its to create this model. These are square shaped of size approx 5 inches or so.

Here’s how you do it:

I have found this video on Youtube.com by Cabulete, which clearly depicts how to fold an Electra. In it, they have used a paper size of 5″ or so.

Putting it together / Technique:

Try to connect different colored units together to add ‘variety’ to the color in the model. One should remember that the design consists of a “star” shape, connected to a “triangle’ shape. This alternating pattern is to be followed throughout the design and comes in really handy when checking up on whether you are going the right way.

Enjoy folding!