Aug 042022
Fumiaki Kawahata's Modular Ball

Fumiaki Kawahata’s most well-known origami is probably the Origami Yoda. But, I doubt I will ever make it – for one, I am not very clear on who exactly Yoda is (Star Wars and I are galaxies apart!!) and two, I am not really good at folding people/animals/birds from paper. Somehow my models don’t come out with a smooth finish and end up looking very unrealistic! The modular ball, on the other hand, is one [Continued..]

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 202022
Star Dodecahedron

The Origami Star Dodecahedron is one of the many models that can be folded using the SIP (Six Intersection Pentagrams) Unit. The SIP model was co-discovered independently by Francesco Mancini, Jared Needle and Leong Cheng Chit. The same unit can be used to fold the Star Icosidodecahedron (60 units), the Star Dodecahedron (30 units) and the Star Prism (15 units). And since I tend to fold a lot of 30-unit models, I tried out the star dodecahedron The [Continued..]

Aug 122022
Strawberry Wreath

The strawberry wreath is a simple variation of the origami traditional 16-pointed star. While the original star is single-coloured, this variation is double coloured and looks good with double-sided paper. The moment my daughter saw the strawberry colours I had used for this star, she decided that it should be named the Strawberry Wreath I have been meaning to make a tutorial on one of the traditional origami designs and have now revised the plan [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..]