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!

Origami Wall Hangings

Bird Wall Hanging (Design by various)
Bird Wall Hanging (Design by various)

This weekend, I thought of decorating the hall room up a bit with my Origami. All of the models I had folded till date were getting stacked on a shelf at home or at my desk at work and I thought I’d do something about it. I made a simple ‘bird hanging’ with some of the bird models I had folded. This was a simple one, with no fancy beading or other trinkets.

I used the Owl by Hideo Komatsu, the Cranes by Eric Joisel as well as Robert J. Lang’s Songbird I to make this. In addition to this, I also attached the Icosahedral Model Sonobe by Paolo Bascetta.

Wall Hanging Icosahedron (Design by Paolo Bascetta)
Wall Hanging Icosahedron (Design by Paolo Bascetta)

For the second hanging, I used a single model, which is the Icosahedron designed by Richard Sweeney. This I had made using regular printing / copier paper which I then spray painted a variety of colors in order to make it look better. I opted to use natural beads for this hanging, which I purchased from Michaels (The Craft Shop). I also picked up ribbons which I used for this hanging.

All of the origami models in the two hangings are ‘threaded’ through using common sewing/stitching thread. If you follow the links in this post, it will take you to the individual posts for each of the models mentioned here. You will then be able to follow the folding instructions / source of diagrams.

Simple Sonobe / Icosahedral Sonobe (Design by Paolo Bascetta)


Hello Everyone!

I am back after a long hiatus… it feels good to get down to some folding after such a long time 🙂 It was a 2 month roller coaster of my wedding, partying and holidaying, all rolled into one good vacation!!! 😀

I tried my hands at a simple sonobe to get into the groove of folding again. A modular origami design, this time, after quite a long time, too. I normally find modular origami repetitive by nature due to the number of units required. But this time, I am thinking of using modular origami pieces in decorating our new home, and hence my interest in it.

Paper I used:
For this particular model, I used 30 sheets measuring 3 inches in size of Miyabi Chiyogami origami paper which I picked up from Michael’s nearby. You can also use the regular post it notes for this model.

How to fold this model:
I followed the instructions by Nekkoart who has taken a lot of effort in explaining the steps in folding this model in the form of a YouTube Instructional video.

I am not aware of the name of this particular model nor its designer. So if any of you are aware of these details, please feel free to drop in a comment with the information!

Have a great week ahead!