Sparkle Kusudama (Design by Tadashmi Mori)

Sparkle Kusudama (Design by Tadashmi Mori)
Season's Greetings Everyone!

Compliments of the Season to all of you!

I have made it a point to have an Origami Star as my Christmas Tree Topper for the last couple of years and have continued with that for this year, too. I usually select a 3D model of a star, and mostly Modular, so that I can place it on the top most leaf / branch sticking out of my tree.

I chose Tadashi Mori’s Kusudama Sparkle to adorn my tree for this year. This is quite easy to fold and it has a pretty solid assembly. I actually found this a lot easier to assemble as compared to my last year’s assembly of Paolo Bascetta’s Stellated Icosahedron which I made for my tree in 2010.

So, back to Tadashi Mori’s Sparkle Kusudama… This is an ingenious model which has a very interesting folding sequence. The best rendition, in my opinion, would be with pearlized or tissue foil paper which has a slight metallic shimmer to it.

Paper to use:
The size of the paper really depends on how large you would like your finished model to be. I the instructional video shown below, Tadashi Mori uses paper measuring approx 9 inches in size – square shaped and single side colored.

I used Pearl Tissue-foil Paper – 40×40 cm (15.75″x15.75″) from Nicolas Terry’s shop. I wanted a shade of dull gold for the star and hence this choice. I cut 15 squares measuring 8 inches each from these sheets of paper (I used 2 in all), and then as the instructions in the video mentioned, cut each of these 15 into half… making it 30 rectangular sheets of paper in all.

If you would like a brighter star, you can choose the Gold colored tissue foil paper from Nicolas Terry’s shop. He even has a silver colored option in case you are looking out for that to match the decor of your tree.

How to fold the Sparkle Kusudama:

Tadashi Mori’s instructions are clear and detailed. Steps for assembling the star are also shown properly and he even uses markers to show the various folds, so you will definitely find it easy to follow.

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, too!

Modular 8 pointed star (Design by Melisande)

8 Pointed Star (Design by  Mélisande)
8 Pointed Star (Design by Mélisande)

Being the Holiday Season, I have been busy with decorating and lighting up the place for Christmas. One of the designs I leep a look out for is variations of stars to decorate the walls or windows with. This is one pretty design which is not very difficult to fold, too. Designed by Melisande, it requires 8 sheets of origami paper of any kind or color you would like to use.

There are quite a few variations proposed by Melisande, herself, to this design. I am sure that once you get used to the folding sequence, you can come up with a few more variations, too.

Paper to use:
For my rendition, I have used regular Kami paper which is single side colored. The paper I used has a design of splashes of color which gives the completed model a nice look, I think. I used 8 sheets of paper measuring 5 7/8 inches in size, square shaped.

How to fold this 8 pointed star:
Melisande has generously created photo diagrams and shared them with us on her Flickr album. Further, she has also posted pics of variations she has come up with, using a similar folding sequence.

I have folded a couple of these as decorations for this year – in red and green – along with other designs and I have them hanging from my ceiling in a little area in my hall room.

Christmas Lantern (Design by Ancella Simoes)

Christmas Lantern (Design by Ancella Simoes)
Christmas Lantern (Design by Ancella Simoes)

The countdown to Christmas has already started and I have been busy deciding on the Christmas decorations and getting started on the decorating, too. I always make it a point to fold a few Origami ornaments or hangings for Christmas so I have been quite excited about what to fold and where to put it.

Tinkering around with a model – Tripoli – which I had come up with a few months ago, I came up with a great design which is apt for the Holiday Season!

Paper to use:
The units in this lantern design requires shaping, hence it is recommended that foil paper be used for folding. My version of the model is folded with single-side colored foil paper which I have purchased from Michaels – they have a lot of plain colored, printed, and foil origami paper in their paper aisle.

You could also use duo-colored paper (instead of just single side colored paper) – this would avoid the ‘white areas’ from appearing in between the assembled model. Another idea would be to make use of christmas themed wrapping paper to fold this lantern. These days, you can get foil like wrapping paper (not the flimsy type) in the local stores, too.

How to fold this design:
I am in the process of diagramming this design so the folding sequence will be available to you shortly. The only complicated step in the folding process is a sink which I have incorporated – so this model is pretty much simple to fold.

Update: The Diagrams to this model are available in the annual Christmas Origami Book 2011 which was released on 27th of December 2011.

These would make a great hanging for your home or on the Christmas tree itself. I will be folding a few of these to deck up my place, at least! 🙂

Angel II (Design by Neal Elias)

Angel II (Design by Neal Elias)
Angel II (Design by Neal Elias)

Being Advent, I have been folding a lot of Christmas themed decorations and one of these has been Neal Elias’ Angel II. This is a design from the book Neal Elias – Miscellaneous Folds II – which is sold by the British Origami Society.

OrigamiUSA also has a copy of this book (BOS 35 – Neil Elias Miscellaneous Folds II) in its Lending Library. You can find details (FAQs) on borrowing terms and conditions here. The models in this book are complex as they are diagrammed in such a way that a combination of steps are shown in a single picture. This makes it difficult to follow and is meant for folders who are well versed with Neal Elias’ diagramming style.

Paper to use:
In order to fold this angel, I used duo colored Kami paper – white. It came out pretty much alright. I know I could do better with the shaping, but choosing kami made it futile to try a lot. This model will work well with Tissue foil and unryu I suppose.

How to fold this model:
I borrowed a copy of BOS 35 – Neil Elias Miscellaneous Folds II from OrigamiUSA lending Library especially for this particular diagram. To help with understanding the multiple folds in the diagrams, I used Gabriel Vong’s folding instructions which, although is a slight variation on Elias’ model, it helps with folding, nonetheless.

In Neal Elias’ book, the first image has a base already folded – 1/2 bird and 1/2 fish base. If you take a look at Gabriel Vong’s folding instructions, he has diagrammed the steps to get to this base point. In this manner, by cross referencing the steps, I have managed to fold this model. Once you get past forming the hands in Neal Elias’ diagram, the rest of the steps are easy to follow. For shaping the Angel you can refer to already folded models which are available on Flickr, such as Gio Origami’s rendition using mulberry paper.

Dominanta Star (Design by Ekaterina Lukasheva)

Dominanta Star (Design by Ekaterina Lukasheva)
Dominanta Star (Design by Ekaterina Lukasheva)

I found this interesting design of a star last week and thought it would be great to fold these to deck my home for Christmas.

I am planning on origami ornaments in combination with other general Christmas tree ornaments and decorations for this year and finding these pretty stars certainly made my day.

Paper to use:
I used foil paper to fold these stars and each of the stars are folded from 6 sheets. I got the foil paper from Michaels which sells various Origami paper packs these days. This particular pack has only foil paper of various colors. Each of the units takes a couple of minutes to fold and assembling is done without the use of any adhesive or glue.

How to fold these stars:
Ekaterina Lukasheva has shared diagrams on folding this star on her site. One can fold this star in 2 main variations – changing the number of units (5 to 8, 30 and 90 units) and varying the placement of the units while assembling and creating a sink on the outer surface.

There is also an instructional video on this model by the creator 1petiteSorciere explaining how to fold each of the units and assemble them into the stars.

These stars can make pretty decorations for the Christmas season and I plan to make a few of them to decorate my wall.