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Sakuradama and Clematis Flower

I bought a bunch of origami paper packs from Aunty Vicky (Mountain Valley Paper Company) when we went to SF over winter break, so here are the first models from that! The Tant paper has a nice weight, and light texture, making it nice to fold with. 12 color variations, so it’s a change from the single color kusudama that I usually do.
I can’t find my camera charger, so it’ll be cell phone pictures for a while, sorry.

cherry blossom ball
30 unit. sakuradama by Tomoko Fuse. Tant paper.

haha, I really do like this one. Again, instructions from this are from Tomoko Fuse in Origami Tanteidan #72. This one was done using the light, medium and dark shades in the 3 color pattern, but I wonder if it would look nicer if I changed the arrangement to make transitions between colors less obvious? Having the dark and light pieces juxtaposed feels a bit out of place, since the flower petals come out looking disjointed? Maybe I’ll try this next with the light half of the
clematis flower
7 unit, clematis flower by Makoto Yamaguchi. Tant paper

Instructions came with the pack of paper. Simple and easy to make. I think it would look nice with a lot of these done, and connected in a hanging vine as some sort of wall decoration? Something like the bottle flowers from Anthropologie?

EDIT: Now with photo tutorial here!


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September 13, 2009, 06:04


Recently I’ve been running up against a block, not knowing what to make. I finally decided to open the new packets of origami paper, given to me by a friend. Its a lovely pastel floral print, featuring a sprinkling of sakura blossoms.

I thought that the Sakuradama model from Toshikazu Kawasaki’s Origami Yume WORLD would really fit it! Actually, now that it’s complete, maybe the pattern is a little distracting, but its still nice.

The flowers really remind me of sakura, because it has the detail at the end of the petal. Compared to MM’s Plumeria model, which I did earlier, I think this one is more delicate in feeling.

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Pointsettia Floral Globe, Decoration Box Wreath, Rhombic Patches, Sakura Temari, Lucky Stars

August 31, 2009, 00:00

Oh, there are so many things I want to do, but so little time. And why am I always distracted by all these little things anyways?

I joined Flickr! Instead of posting to the LJ Scrapbook, I’ll upload new pics there. I really want to explore the features on the site and then network with all the origami groups and then post some hopefully amazing photos.

I really should work on my photography and Photoshop skills. So many of the pictures I just uploaded are grainy or not focused sharply. At least the colors turned out decently, but I don’t know whether my monitor is calibrated correctly, so even thats doubtful.

Anyways, I’ll post some of the older photos with commentary! I wonder if this is the kind of stuff I should be writing on the description page?

plumeria paint chip (2)

This model comes from Meenakshi Mukerji’s Marvelous Modular Origami! It’s my favorite of her floral balls, because its relatively simple and only uses a half square of paper! 30 units.

I tried to make this out of paint chip samples, 1.37×2.75 in, but the paper is really thick and difficult to fold. I couldn’t fold the tab to lock at the center of the flower, so I resorted to taping on the inside. The tape doesn’t really stick well to the paint chip, so the model is basically falling apart.

It’s beautiful otherwise, so if I were to do this model again, I’d take more paint chips to be able to use larger pieces.

decoration box ring
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decoration box ring (2)

Inspired by the cover of Modular Origami Polyhedra, using Lewis Simon’s Decoration Box model. It uses an incredible 168 pieces of paper!

I really love the rainbow effect that it has! The origami paper one has a pretty fade effect which gives it texture. Even though the notebook paper is so plain, I think the colors make a great transition.  Tried to edit the terrible lighting in the photo, but it didn’t come out so well.  Might repost this with better pictures later.

Since there are so many pieces, the model takes a while to fold. I think I was folding these while watching the entire season of Honey and Clover. Even though folding the pieces is tedious, connecting everything is fun!

rhombic patch (2)

From Tomoko Fuse’s Floral Globes book again. Original Japanese name is ひし形パッチ. 30 units.

I think the color combination came out well. One reminds me of a starry sky and the other of a sprouting plant. The paper’s bright colors are another plus. I had fun making this model, even though the assembly was a little complicated.

sakura temari (2)

I saw this on the Paper Unlimited blog a while ago, and thought it would be fun to try. This model is by Tomoko Fuse, published in Origami Tanteidan Magazine 72. 30 units, as usual.

I used the bright red notepad paper, which I think made it really cute! I think that a miniature version, maybe in a ligher pink color, would make a lovely cellphone charm! I really love the cherry blossoms, so flowery and delicate, but bold too.

lucky star

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A bunch of wishing stars, no idea of the count, filling up a 16oz glass bottle. Made these while I was away in college, from cardstock and scrap papers.

I am in love with shiny metallic paper. Aren’t you? I collected color gum wrappers from the Wrigley’s 5 gum, then stuck the foil on strips of paper to fold these stars. Some of the others are from random candy wrappers or bottle labels, but I really think that the shiny paper makes this really unique. I still have a lot of blue stars left over, so I might fill another bottle with a different color scheme.

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