With Tomoko Fuse’s lecture and workshop coming up this weekend, I decided to try out another of her popular designs – the Petals Kusudama (Type II). The kusudama is made from 30 units. Each unit has a base and an inset, which is folded into the base. The units are assembled like a sonobe. The kusudama holds well even without any glue, though, since I wanted to make it into a hanging ornament, I ended up gluing the joins.
A 3-colour combination works well for the kusudama. And for that, it is best to ensure that the paper used for the insets is single-sided – coloured on one side and white on the other. If it is double sided, then it works best if the paper has a different colour on both sides.
I used copy paper for the base and 60 gsm origami paper for the insets. So the model turned out pretty strong and sturdy. I also ended up making a tassel (this is pretty tedious work!) and string it along with a few beads and the kusudama to get myself a very pretty ornament
Model: Petals – Type II – Kusudama
Creator: Tomoko Fuse
Book: Floral Origami Globes
Author: Tomoko Fuse
Difficulty Level: Low Intermediate
Paper Ratio: Rectangle in ratio 1:2
Paper Size: 3.5 inches by 1.7 inches
Model Size: ~ 4 inches