Kusudama – “Kirikomi Kiriko Tourou – Hana Suisha”

I have previously made a “Kirikomi Kiriko Tourou – Suisha” (切り込み切子 灯篭 – 水車) model from the Kusudama Origami book before.

This version is known as the “Kirikomi Kiriko Tourou – Hana Suisha” (切り込み切子 灯篭 – 花水車) – it is a a cut faceted waterwheel-style lantern with a flower inset. I used standard 15cm square paper this time since the last one was so fiddly!

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More random makes!

Most things I’ve managed to finish recently are hair clips. I have some other things in the works, but they aren’t ready to show off yet! (I’ve been so busy…)

I’ll quickly talk through the basic materials I used for each one.

This one used a mixture of burgundy red ribbons of different widths and a black lace trim. I wear this on the back of my head.

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Labradorite tree of life – “Quiet night”

If you are interested in labradorite as a healing stone, you can find its properties here.

After finishing my sunstone tree of life, I wanted to try again and hopefully not make any mistakes. This is a labradorite cabochon from a craft fair which was a little smaller and a bit more fiddly to work with, but the round front makes the silver tree really stand out.

I used the same style of wrapping as in my sunstone example, but this time I allowed for more wire so that I wouldn’t snap it by accident!

Materials: labradorite cabochon gemstone, 0.40mm and 0.80mm sterling silver wire

More large ribbon hair clips

I have owned a very large stash of ribbons for a long while, and I came up with the idea to make lots of large hair clips – have you ever seen the types of ribbons that cheerleaders wear? It mainly started from looking at the patterned ribbons and then working backwards.

All ribbons are attached to barrette clips. I wear them by clip it to the hair above a high half ponytail.

The first one use the white ribbon with black polka dots – I paired it with a large wide white ribbon and a black lace strip.

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Sunstone tree of life – “Wither”

If you are interested in sunstone as a healing stone, you can find its properties here.

I bought this teardrop-shaped sunstone gemstone from a craft fair a while ago and finally decided on what to do with it recently. I couldn’t figure out how to frame it, so instead I wrapped a tree of life around it. I made a very simple tree with not that many wires and it did not take long at all!

I followed this tutorial as a guideline, it was very useful to get some tips!

However I did mess up on one part of it… (Go easy on me, it was my first attempt!) When I wrapped the tree branches around the frame at the back, I accidentally snapped a wire by bending it too much. It still holds in place, but be careful with the finishing!

Materials: teardrop sunstone gemstone, 0.40mm and 0.80mm copper wire