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’.