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About Ilyere

I make origami, jewellery, and many other crafts! Please visit me on my personal blog to find out more. =)

An Origami Christmas

(Repost from Atelier Ilyere, many days later, sorry!)

Hope you all have had a wonderful Christmas holiday so far. Before I left my house for the holidays, I spent a few days working on a small Christmas setup for the living room table.

3D origami is quite flexible and allows you to make lots of different kinds of models. You just have to get past the fact that glue is most likely involved and will have to be used, haha.

All you need to make this is basic knowledge of 3D origami assembly. You make a “base” of units of varying sizes, then flatten it out and add leaves by adding pyramids of pieces to certain areas. It’s quite hard to explain, but looking at models makes it quite clear.

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The tree trunk is a standard base of units that hasn’t been flattened out, but pushed towards the middle so it fits the gap.

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I also made small presents out of Sonobe units. If you want to, you could wrap wrapping and string around the cube to hide the cube, especially if the assembly is lacking, like mine, haha.

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I suppose you could also add pom-poms to the tree as decorations as well, I just didn’t have the time to. But I did make an origami star and glued it to the top of the tree.

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Materials: 192 green units, 30 brown units, two small Sonobe cubes, one yellow origami star, PVA glue

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2014 in Origami Misc, Origami work

 

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Kusudama “Mitsuya Kiriko”

(Repost from Atelier Ilyere)

I bought this book a year ago by Tomoko Fuse (布施 知子) called “Kusudama Origami – Hanakiriko” (くす玉おりがみ – 花切子). I can read what the Japanese says, but I don’t know what it means! Fortunately, the book uses diagrams rather than explanations to construct models, hence why I bought it. Some of the models are pretty impressive, and recently I managed to make some of the models.

This model is called “Mitsuya Kiriko” (三ツ矢切子) – Again, I don’t know if that translates to anything, so I just to the translated reading of the phrase. It uses six square pieces with eight triangular connectors to form the model. Cutting is definitely involved as you need both square and triangular pieces, however glue is optional. Personally I use glue to make it more secure.

P1010456I had two leftover pieces of the pattern chiyogami left, so I made Yoshizawa butterflies out of them (the v2 version) and made them hang off the coloured twine, with matching coloured beads.

P1010457I love how amazing it looks when the entire thing is done. It makes a lovely decoration to hang off a door handle or something.

P1010455Materials: Eight 7.5cm chiyogami squares, eight 7.5cm duo-coloured paper triangles, coloured twine, coloured beads, PVA glue

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2014 in Origami Misc, Origami work

 

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Rosebud and calyx kusudama

(Repost from Atelier Ilyere)

I’m part of a group on Facebook called “Origami Kids” (the group is open so anyone can view it) where people post their creations and/or tutorials on a regular basis. Quite a while ago, I came across a post about a rosebud and calyx tutorial (the tutorial creator and the person who designed the model can be found following this link) which teaches how to make a single unit, as well as how to stick units together.

I had to spend most of my time cutting the sizes of squares required before I could make a start. The tutorial is super easy to follow, making units will be no problem!

P1010453Assembly is by sticking sides of calyxes together. The tutorial does suggest using 14 units total, but I couldn’t make the model work like that. Instead, I improvised and made a kusudama using 12. Stringing it up is fairly easy too.

P1010454Materials: 12 4in squares of green paper, 12 3in squares of pink paper, PVA glue, coloured twine

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2014 in Origami Flowers, Origami work

 

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3D origami swan pot

This particular project was started back in the first semester, when I had bought a large pack of white paper. I started making 3D units for the heck of it, and then thought it would make a nice swan. I’m made a stick-tailed peacock before and a phoenix, but not a plain old swan, funnily enough!

The general shape of the swan is up to you. For my own, I made the neck longer that the wings. I couldn’t quite shape the wings out well because I was gluing the pieces as I went along; it may be taboo to you, but it’ll hold together much better for me!

Don’t forget the orange and black piece to make the beak of the swan. 🙂

P1010210Now obviously, these pots tend to be hollow on the inside. If you want to transform it into a makeshift pot, cut out a circle that is slightly bigger than the very bottom of the base, then slip it through from the top and gently push the sides down to hold it in place.

P1010211Of course, this part is totally optional, but sometimes I like a little functionality in my decorations! Now my dear swan holds my pens and pencils for me. And because the wings are so close together, it kind of fans out the pens so it organises my collection pretty well, haha.

P1010212Another optional part, because I had a lot of leftover pieces to use up. I connected them all to make a ring for my swan to sit on top of. It’s only purpose really is to keep the base of the swan from pushing down too much. Quite often I’d find that the bottom row of the base tends to look different because it’s been pushed down too much. Well anyway, it just looks nice, haha.

P1010213Now just position your lovely swan on top of the ring. The total count of pieces used is 634 units!

P1010215Materials: 634 3D units (632 white, 1 orange, 1 black), PVA glue

(Reblogged from Atelier Ilyere)

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2014 in Origami Animals

 

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Blue kusudama flower bouquet

Ilyere here! As an origami fan, I love making paper flowers. One of my favourite flowers is a kusudama flower, although it’s more modular in nature since it requires some paper-cutting and gluing. So, using florist’s materials and lots of glue, I sat down to make a lovely little bouquet.

I feel like it’s something that could be made for a wedding occasion or similar. The size of the bouquet is somewhat small compared to a real bouquet, but it’s large enough to be held with two hands, so a bridesmaid could hold it.

No, I don’t have any special occasions coming up, I just wanted to make a bouquet using this pack of paper. Blue is my favourite colour, haha.

If you’d like to see my progress on how I made this, you can visit my personal blog.

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Materials: 240 5cm squares in twelve colours (cut from 24 sheets of 15cm squares), 24 white buttons, 24 florist’s wires, florist’s tape, one metre of dark red ribbon, superglue, PVA glue

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2013 in Origami Flowers, Origami work

 

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Mini shelf of origami-filled jars

Ilyere here! When I was in Cambridge, I came across a small fabric and haberdashery store called CallyCo. I wonder if many people knew about it? Since further along the street and in the more populated area is a Cath Kidston store, a very well-known store for cute items and sewing materials. I liked visiting both stores to see what they had. Cath Kidston sells mostly items and clothing branded with their patterns, whilst CallyCo sells typical haberdashery materials such as loose buttons, various fat quarters, etc. If you were to walk a bit further, you’d find John Lewis in the Lion Yard shopping centre, who also has a large haberdashery section. Cambridge is quite wonderful for crafty people!

Anyway, this shelf was acquired from CallyCo. It’s a small wooden shelf with metal clips to display it on a wall, and comes with three small jars. I have a feeling these jars were meant for storing loose materials, but since I have a thing for origami and jars, here is the result!

I filled each jar with either paper stars, straw stars, or origami cranes; all types of ‘small’ origami! The jar that sits in the middle is a bit unlucky though, because it’s obscured by the heart in front of it, but the overall look is nice. Now I wonder where should I put it? Should I hang it up or prop it against the wall somewhere?

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Materials: 60 pieces of lucky star paper, 96 craft straws, 75 3cm squares of patterned paper, cute shelf of jars

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2013 in Origami Misc

 

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Origami kabuto/samurai helmet

Ilyere here! Did you know that May 5 is Children’s Day (こどもの日 Kodomo no Hi) in Japan? This is a national holiday during Golden Week to celebrate children and wish them happiness. Children fold kabuto (samurai helmets) and place them on Kintarou dolls, and families raise koinobori (carp streamer) flags together. The kabuto on the Kintarou is meant to represent a strong and healthy boy. (Incidentally, Children’s Day used to be Boys’ Day, hence the tradition and its meaning.)

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Posted by on May 5, 2013 in Origami Misc, Origami work

 

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Origami tulip pot

Ilyere here! Also, spring is here! (Hopefully for you, it’s a bit slow in the UK at the moment, haha!) What better way to commemorate than with fresh flowers?

A fresh pot of colourful and bright tulips to adorn your desk, or your windowsill. They’ll never wilt. Maybe you could spray a light scent on them too? 🙂

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Posted by on April 13, 2013 in Origami Flowers, Origami work

 

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Origami bookmarks

Ilyere here! Today’s feature will be on origami corner bookmarks. Any avid readers here? An origami corner bookmark is a lovely way to ‘accessorise’ your book, plus they’re fairly easy to make. For most of mine, I made using a 15cm square of paper, and as such they come out pretty large. I then tried a 7.5cm square, and then it came out too small. Perhaps for a good size, you should try in-between at 10-11cm? You’d have to cut the paper yourself then.

For the last one, I had a leftover piece of paper of 7.5 by 15cm. With a length like this, you can make a normal rectangular bookmark with a cute motif on the top, like my heart one. These ones are more ‘visible’ compared to a corner bookmark, so be careful when putting the book away!

So in summary, a square piece of paper creates a corner bookmark. Cut your square in half to give you two pieces of paper for making a rectangular bookmark.

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Posted by on April 2, 2013 in Origami Misc

 

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Sprucing up a kusudama ball

Ilyere here, with a informative (?) and long (sorry) post about kusudamas. A foreword though, the word kusudama is commonly associated with the flower, and a kusudama ball with the modular that arises from gluing flowers together. However, a kusudama translates literally as (薬玉; lit. medicine ball), so the term ‘kusudama ball’ is rather redundant. Oh well, the more you know!

If you’ve never made a kusudama before, I did a tutorial on how to make a single flower ages ago, although it was done in an older format. Anyway, here’s some tips to make your average kusudama stand out.

Firstly, what kind of paper do I use? Well, any sort of paper is okay. Patterned paper such as the scrapbooking kind works especially well. If you want to mix colours and patterns together, go for two, or six kinds, that way you can keep the symmetry of the ball. If you don’t care about symmetry, well that’s fine too! Go crazy with the patterns if you like it.

Secondly, decorate your unit. You can use superglue to stick buttons to the centre of your kusudama units to cover the gap in the middle and give it a little appeal. Use any kind of button you want, be it large, neon-coloured, or even pearls! The other option I’ve seen is to insert a quilled flower in the middle of the unit.

Thirdly, string the kusudama with anything you like, as long as it stays in place. Popular choices are twine and ribbon. Thread is okay, but you will need lots of threads bundled together to make it hold up okay. Double knot the top to make a loop to hang the kusudama, if you want.

Lastly, decorate the string so that there is something dangling off the end. Usually beads do the trick. You can also add cranes, or even more kusudama units!

That’s all from me now, hope this inspires you to add a bit of creativity to your work. =)

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Posted by on March 25, 2013 in Origami Flowers, Origami Misc

 

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