In this tutorial you will learn to make a kusudama using a pentagonal flower called carambola created by Carmen Sprung. The kusudama is a paper model that is usually created by sewing multiple identical pyramidal units together through their points to form a spherical shape. The kusudama is important in origami particularly as a precursor to the modular origami genre. It is often confused with modular origami, but is not such because the units are strung or pasted together, instead of folded together as most modular construction are made.
It is, however, still considered origami, although origami purists frown upon using its characteristic technique of threading or gluing the units together, while others recognize that early traditional Japanese origami often used both cutting (see thousand origami cranes or senbazuru) and pasting, and respect kusudama as an ingenious traditional paper folding craft in the origami family.
Paper to use: You can select any paper of your choice, including wrapping paper. However, you should remember that the paper you choose should be heavy and not the tissue paper kind. This is because, the petals are formed solely on the basis of the paper you have chosen. A flimsy or thin paper will not allow you to form the petals, at all. Each of the flowers are from a single sheet of paper and that too, from a pentagon shaped sheet. It takes around 20 mins to fold a flower and this time includes cutting out your pentagon.
Originally posted 2013-06-02 15:58:43. Republished by Blog Post Promoter