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’.

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 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!

Floral Kusudama

Floral Kusudama
Floral Kusudama

This ‘Kusudama’ is one of the most simple variety and is really very easy to make. However, once again, for those ‘die-hard’ Origamists who insist there should be no use of anything other than paper – Sad News! This model does require the use of glue in order to create the ‘flowers’ and the ‘globe’ in totality.

I have used a ribbon to add a nice lil touch to this model. The kusudama’s size can be enlarged by increasing the number of floral units you are making.

What you need:

60 sheets (small sized) of approx 5″, square shaped, of paper. Regular ‘Post-It’ Size would do, too.

A Piece of Ribbon (optional)

A glue stick to attach the petals

How to go about it:

In this particular model, I have used just 12 floral units of varying color. One needs to make each of these floral units seperately and then glue them together. Each floral unit is further made up of 5 individual ‘petals’.

Each of these petals need to be folded first, that is 5, for a sinlge floral unit. Hence, in reality u are making 60 ‘petals’ initially and then taking 5 at a time, from this lot, and making 1 floral unit.

I found this handy video on which I thought was pretty good to follow and fold the model.

Putting it all together:

For stringing the ribbon through, when you have glued the first 6 floral units, you should ‘thread’ the fine ribbon though the centre portion of the “middle” flower. Then you can proceed to glue together the rest. When you reach the point where you have to glue in place the “middle” flower for the bottom of the globe, thread the ribbon though the flower’s centre and pull it out from the other end. You can keep it longer at the base and curl the end. You can also attach multiple ribbon pieces to the base of the kusudama and then curl them.

I agree that this takes up sometime, and requires patience. But as you can see, the end result is quite something!

Kusudama – Medallion

Medallion Kusudama
Medallion Kusudama

This I think, is the most simple of all Kusudama designs and can be attempted by beginners too. There are many variants in this design, and all of them use the same base as a start.

In the model above, I cut out little circles from sheet of gold foil, the size of a dime and pasted them at the centre of each unit. This avoids the tips of the medallions from ‘poking out’ untidily.

One can also cut out square pieces of paper, of a contrasting color, and paste them over the centre of each medallion, but, diagonally, in order to give the model a little complicated design.

However, for those who firmly believe that Origami should only make use of Paper, and only paper, beware! This kusudama requires each of the medallions to be glued to each other and the centre circle, if chosen to be used, needs to be glued too.

The final model, if whether you choose to paste the medallion centres or not, looks pretty, nonetheless. I also think, that, there should be a way to ‘interlock’ the medallion units without having to use glue.

I have used 6 sheets of different colored paper and in this case, it is printed paper I have made use of. The design, I have picked up from the book – Origami

You might find this video by Syribia helpful in folding this model.