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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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Small Origami Fairy

A lucky origami Fairy in a bottle!

Make a wish and the fairy will grant it! (if you promise to let her go free after!)

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Origami and Feather Necklace

A simple necklace with mini-origami and some parrot feathers.

I hope you guys like it 😀

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Origami and Feather Necklace

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2014 in Origami Flowers, Origami work

 

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Valentine’s Day – Mini Origami and Origami+Kirigami card

Valentine’s Day is almost here!

For it I have prepared a special Origami. What is it? Well … what can be expressed as love? Blooming flowers? the feeling of butterflies in your belly? A red heart? A red stone of passion?

How about all that and miniature size! This little bottle contains blooming flowers to symbolize beauty, a butterfly to symbolize freedom, a heart to symbolize love and a blood red stone for passion. All of these with a dash of patience and devotion!

As a bonus I also made a Card. A bit of Kirigami combines with Origami hearts and a cute drawing.

I hope you guys like it!

  • Origami Miniature Bottle:

1 – Flowers tutorial

2 – Butterfly tutorial

3 – Heart tutorial

  • Kirigami Card:

1 – Instructions and material

  • For the drawing I used a photo of the internet (it says that it’s made by The Kawaii Neko) but I changed it a bit.

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valentines card

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Playing with Aluminum Foil

Well this has escalated quickly!

I now used aluminum foil that you can buy anywhere at any shop (comes in roles and it’s used for wrapping food).

This is thiner than candy wrap foil and allot more stubborn!!

PROs: 

– a fold will always be visible and it will never tear at the fold line

– thin and can be twisted in all kinds of shapes as end design

– durable material, does not get wet or deteriorated by time

– has unique aspect

– can be used for many origami designs

CONs:

– it can easy get punctured so care for sharp things

– tears only at the edges

– thin and light so don’t work near a windy spot (outdoors, near a fan, near some parrots …)

– I only have one color …. silver

– can not be used for origami designs that require inflating!

So here is some of my test origami 🙂 a bow and a flower!

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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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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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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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Origami Moonstone Rose (Week 2 – Flowers)

I thought to make something special from origami today 🙂
It’s a yellow rose (rose by James Minoru Sakoda) topped with a few paper ribbons. The interior of the flower contains 8 moonstone gems and 4 red round metallic plates. All of these are glued on a hair clip and it is ready to be worn on a bright and sunny day of spring 😀

origami moonstone rose

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Posted by on March 23, 2013 in Origami Flowers, Origami work

 

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Magic rose cube

I made this red and green cube out of six interlocking units. It’s really easy to make, especially if you’ve done modular origami before. It looks like any ordinary cube, right?

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Well, something interesting happens when you pull out the triangular-shaped parts of the three red faces!

P1000477The cube transforms into a rose! This is a very easy modular to make since you will fold the units in no time. ^_^

Materials: Three of each red and green 14cm squares of paper

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2013 in Origami Flowers

 

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