Jul 172022
Petals, Type II Kusudama

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 [Continued..]

Aug 042022
The Poinsettia Floral Ball

The Poinsettia Floral Ball is a beautiful kusudama from Meenakshi Mukerji’s book ‘Marvelous Modular Origami‘. I have been wanting to make this model for quite some time, but never got around to it! So when I got some pretty pink wrapping paper, I finally got around to folding it. Well, red paper would have been the obvious choice for a poinsettia flower, I do realize, but I kinda liked this paper for the model. The [Continued..]

Apr 152022
Kusudama Spiral

The kusudama spiral, which looks to me to be less of a kusudama and more of a modular design, is created by Irina Krivyakina. The design is very similar to Tomoko Fuse’s spiral origami. In this design, the 6 sides of the cube are first assembled individually and then put together using connecting units. Each side of the cube is made up of 4 units which are folded together to form the spiral. A total [Continued..]

Jan 212022
Chrysanthemum Globe

I am quite fascinated with Tomoko Fuse’s book ‘Floral Origami Globes’ and after completing the Butterfly Kusudama, I didn’t waste much time, working on the next kusudama. This kusudama is the Chrysanthemum Globe Kusudama, assembled from 60 rectangles. Each unit is assembled from 2 rectangles – a base and the chrysanthemum, inserted into the base. The kusudama assembly is the basic sonobe assembly for 30-unit icosahedrons, but with a small difference. While the sonobe assembly [Continued..]

Jan 172022
Butterfly Kusudama

It has been quite a while since I folded modular origami and even longer since I folded any of Tomoko Fuse’s amazing creations. This modular kusudama is the Butterfly Kusudama (Type III) and is from the book ‘Floral Origami Globes‘. The model is made from 30 units and each unit is made from 2 rectangles. The fan-like section is folded into a base section to form 1 unit. I have glued the two parts of [Continued..]