Star Sonobe (Design by Maria Sinayskaya)

Star Sonobe (Design by Maria Sinayskaya)
Star Sonobe (Design by Maria Sinayskaya)

I moved to Brussels, Belgium on work recently and I experienced for the first time a complete lockdown of an entire city. I was amazed at the residents’ response to the tense situation with the kittens and messages on social media. It was a nice gesture to keep people’s minds off the tension and goings on that night. Things are slowly getting back to normal with most commercial establishments, schools etc opening up today. It was the longest weekend, I think and we were only too happy to start getting back to normal.

I spent the time this weekend folding a modular design using the kami paper I still had with me. It was a good way to get my mind off things.

This is a pretty design by Maria Sinayskaya, who is well known for her lovely modular origami designs. This model is pretty here easy to fold, however the assembly is slightly tricky. You have got to be careful with the formations of the stars else you would end up having problems putting it all together. The thing to look for is the pattern of 5 spokes, forming the star all around, and if you keep to this, you will never go wrong in your assembly.

Paper to use:
Wrapping paper or regular kami paper which is single side colored will work perfectly for this model. If you do use wrapping paper, it would be a good idea to select a type which is colored plain or uniformly on one side in a single color and with another color and / or design on the other side. This will make the model much more pleasing to the eye and you can also use this as a Christmas decoration. For my rendition, I have used 30 square sheets of 3 inch kami paper, to fold the model.

How to fold:
Sara Adams has recorded a good instructional video post on folding this model. You can also take a look at her Youtube video here:

Hope you enjoy folding this model!

Icosahedron Sonobe (Design by Tomoko Fuse)

Icosahedron Sonobe

I’m back to folding this summer, and I started out with a modular design from our favorite – Tomoko Fuse. Her designs are always interesting and with the right color combinations in paper, one can fold pretty kusudama.

For this particular design, it takes about 3 hours to fold and assemble at moderate pace. The individual units themselves are quite easy to fold, so its a good model to fold for folders with a little experience in folding, too.

Paper to use:
I used regular Kami paper, each of the sheets measuring 3 inches in size. These were 30 square sheets in all and single side colored. One has to start with the white side down in order to have the white color appear in between like shown in the image accompanying this post.

How to Fold the Icosahedron Sonobe:
There are many instructional videos on youtube for this model and the one I referred to and found very helpful is Tadashimori’s Instructional video. His explanations are clear and steps shown are very simple to follow.

Hope you enjoy folding this model!

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.

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!