Kusudama – “Kirikomi Kiriko Tourou – Bara Kasane”

This is the “Kirikomi Kiriko Tourou – Bara Kasane” (切り込み切子 灯篭 – バラ重ね) model from the Kusudama Origami book. This model has a different faceted face which I like a little more than my previous but very similar “Kirikomi Kiriko Tourou – Hana Suisha” model.

I used pink floral patterned paper and decorated it with red and pink glass beads. The flower insets were red and yellow dual-coloured paper.

Materials: Six 15cm squares of double-sided paper, six 7.5cm squares of dual-sided red and yellow paper, red twine, various glass beads

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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