You may have seen that for a lot of my modular origami projects, I tend to cut smaller squares to make my units. Origami paper comes in 15cm squares usually, but I find that the finished model can be quite large, so I like cutting them into four 7.5cm squares, or even nine 5cm squares. But this usually leaves me with extra squares and nothing to use them on – the spare paper stack grows constantly!
I had a little paper varnish and some jewellery findings from different projects and thought, what if you could repurpose them as jewellery? You can fold small models and wear them. The paper varnish can help make the model sturdier and fare better against the elements.
Turns out the idea of origami jewellery – especially earrings – is already quite an established and popular idea if you look it up online, haha… But you can add a personal touch by using different kinds of paper patterns.
I went with three types of earrings. The first was a pair of black origami cranes on brass gold pins and earring hooks. The paper pattern here had some nice gold markings and red goldfish that really make it stand out!
Anyone who’s into any trading card game will have lots of spare cards lying around. I’ve heard some stores will take your spares but in bulk only – you have to sell a lot of cards in one go to make it worthwhile!
Shadowbox TCG cards have been emerging as a great way to turn old cards into something cooler. You can add depth by turning multiples of the same card into layers. The best tutorial I’ve come across is this one by TheJWitzz on YouTube.
I did a much simpler version without the paints for my first attempt. I chose Sinistea from the Sword and Shield set. Ideally you want to choose something with defined easy-to-cut objects.
Wreathes are a fantastic craft to make at home as you can use just about anything as your medium.
For my base I’ve used copper garden wire – it’s very soft and malleable, and it has a similar effect to branches. I looped a circle a few times, then wrapped wire around three locations – including the part at the bottom where the wire ends are. They will be hidden eventually!
I also looped some twine around the top as it will be hung on a wall.
What can you do with a lot of gemstone chips lying about? I bought a lot of these chip strings as I used them for my tree of life pendants, but I never seem to use all the chips. They sit in this nice box in my drawers!
I previously touched upon carambola flowers in my last blog post. After a bit of trying and searching, this excellent video by ZIZ origami helped me understand how to fold one properly. I highly recommend you check it out!
I made a bunch of flowers out of three shades of blue. The paper was cut from 12cm squares, then cut into pentagons.