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Starburst (Design by Ancella Simoes)

Starburst (Design by Ancella Simoes)

Starburst (Design by Ancella Simoes)

I have been fiddling around with this design for quite a number of days, trying various folds in order to take advantage of duo colored paper and bring out a geometric design while I was at it. I came up with this design in the end and I am quite happy with the outcome.

This design of mine is folded using the traditional waterbomb base and has a pretty simple folding sequence. Since I used single side colored kami paper which is most commonly found, the color change at the center of each unit came about quite easily. I used 8 square sheets of single side colored kami paper measuring 3 inches each. The overall size of the completed model is approximately 4.5 inches in diameter.

Mandala Piratininga (Design by Falk Brito)

Mandala Piratininga (Design by Falk Brito)

Mandala Piratininga (Design by Falk Brito)

This is a simple mandala design I chose to fold this weekend. I wanted to make use of the kami paper I had purchased from Daiso a couple of years ago and thought this design would be a good choice for it.

I deliberately selected a larger sized paper for this mandala, instead of the usual smaller 3 inch sized paper – just to see how it would turn out. I am not disappointed at all with the outcome.

Paper to use:
Since this is an easy model to fold, you can use any kind of decorative paper of your choice, including wrapping paper. One point to note, however, is that the paper you select should be colored differently on both sides to take advantage of the color change in between. So, simple kami paper, which is white on one side or duo colored paper will work well. Usually, mandalas are folded using smaller paper measuring approximately 3 inches or so. But you can select a size of your choice.

How to fold Falk Brito’s Mandala Piratininga:
Falk Brito has published the diagrams to this pretty design on his blog and they are quite easy to follow. You can find them here.

Additionally, Mariela Recinos of Origami Maniacs has created and shared a nice tutorial, with the permission of Falk Brito, on the folding sequence of this model. You can take a look at it here:

Origami Mandala Hanabi (Design by Nani Suwarni)

Origami Mandala Hanabi (Design by Nani Suwarni)

Origami Mandala Hanabi (Design by Nani Suwarni)

I came across this design while browsing through the Internet trying to decide what to fold today. These Mandalas are very pretty and look great when folded with patterned paper. Once can also decorate the finished Mandala with an embellishment in the center like a bead or a crystal and use a cord to make a hanging out of it and they will look gorgeous!

I made this out of regular Kami paper and thought of using solid colors which are all different colored in order to give the finished model a contrasting look. These are quick to fold and usually consist of just 8 sheets of paper.

Paper to use:
The kind of paper you use here i.e. the pattern or design is what gives an added effect to the overall look. If you select double sided paper which is colored differently on either side, the model will look better given that you have the underside of the paper also visible in certain places. One can also use pretty patterned wrapping paper to fold this model. The minimum size of paper you should use is 3 inch square sheets, the finished model measures approx 3.5 inches in diameter once completed (using 3 inch sheets).

How to fold Mandala Hanabi:
The designer of this model – Nani Suwarni – shared the diagrams to this model on her Facebook page and that’s what I have followed in order to fold this pretty design. 8 sheets of square paper are required to fold this design and the diagrams are pretty clear. One does need to have a little folding experience prior to folding this design as there are a reverse folds involved in the folding sequence.

Clover Kusudama (Design by Maria Sinayskaya)

Clover Kusudama (Design by Maria Sinayskaya)

Clover Kusudama (Design by Maria Sinayskaya)

I folded a kusudama after a very long time and it took me about 4 hours in all to fold and assemble this design. The model itself looks complicated with the layered or frilly look but the individual units are pretty easy to fold once you’ve got the hang of it. I usually do not fold kusudama designs since they are time consuming and monotonous. But this time around, I found this pretty pattern and thought I would give it a try. These Kusudama designs look pretty when hung from a height or can be used as table decoration in the house.

Paper to use:
I have used 30, 3 inch square sheets of single side colored Kami paper to fold the model. I think this is the ideal size of paper to use as larger sized sheets would mean larger ‘edges’ (those half cube structures which you seen in the design) between the folds and this would make the model less compact. It is easier to manage the assembly with the units folded from these smaller sheets, too. You do not require any paperclips or pins to hold the in-progress model together while you assemble it all; you just require patience. One can use wrapping paper or any similar textured paper to fold this model. Tissue paper or extremely fine paper should be avoided.

How to fold the Clover Kusudama:
Maria Sinayskaya has diagrammed the folding sequence and also provided links to the instructional video recorded explaining this folding process. Further, she also includes color photographs of the finished model in various paper color combinations to give folders an idea of the kind of paper to use.

I found the video by Jo Nakashima pretty clear and very helpful especially where the assembly process is concerned and therefore I thought I would share it with you all, too. Jo makes the extra effort of cross referencing each step in the diagrammed folding sequence with that of the step in the instructional video, too.

Valentine (Design by Robert J. Lang)

Valentine (Design by Robert J. Lang)

Valentine (Design by Robert J. Lang)

This particular design has been on my to-do list for quite a while, now and what better time to fold it than February when most people are head over heels in sending out Valentine’s.

As with any design of Robert Lang, this is a great design with remarkable detail and incorporates precise folds and even color changes. I enjoyed folding this and this is, in fact, my first fold of the model.

Paper to use:
The best paper to use for this would probably be duo-colored tissue foil or even if you want to paste a contrasting colored sheet of paper to red unryu, it would make a nice sheet to fold. I haven’t tried any of these, but I would definitely think of these options the next time I fold this.

Since this was my first fold, I used common Kami paper measuring 9 inches in size, which wasn’t duo-colored unfortunately. The folding sequence involves reverse folds and small sinks ate the end in order to hold the heart together or flat, rather.

How to fold Robert Lang’s Valentine:

Origami Design Secrets - Second Edition

The diagrams to this design can be found in Robert Lang’s books – Origami Design Secrets – Second Edition.

Sara Adams has created a 4 part instructional video on folding this model. She has explained the folding sequence very nicely and provides helpful points on the tricky sinks, reverse folds and such.

Have a great week ahead!