Kusudama “Hanagaku Mastuba”

Here is another model from Tomoko Fuse's Kusudama Origami book that I love making models from. The name of this model is "Hanagaku Matsuba", written as 花額松葉 in Kanji. Roughly translated, you get the words "Flower frame" and "Pine needle". Previously the other names have been fairly descriptive, but I wonder what it could be …

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A crafty Christmas 2020 – stuck in a city flat

Like many people around the world, I haven't been able to travel for a Christmas gathering. This is the first time I've spent Christmas without my family (I have to travel pretty far as well usually so I guess it's a small bonus?), and so I've set up my very first Christmas tree in the …

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Kusudama – “Sankaku Tairu to Kuremachisu Kumi Awase”

This is the Kusudama - "Sankaku tairu to kuremachisu kumi awase" (三角タイルとクレマチスの組み合わせ) model from Tomoko Fuse's Kusudama Origami book. I think you can loosely translate it to a 'triangle tile and clematis mix' kusudama. The clematis is referring to this flower face that you can insert into the panels. It's quite complicated to fold using …

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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 Tomoko Fuse's 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 …

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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 Tomoko Fuse's 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 …

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Kusudama “Hanahoshi Hakkaku Kiriko”

Another model from the Tomoko Fuse book. (See the other models that I've made from this book so far, Mitsuya Kiriko and Hanahitai Mitsuya) This model's name is "Hanahoshi Hakkaku Kiriko" (花星八角切子) - This one actually has a translation. "Hanahoshi" is star flower, "Hakkaku" is octagon or star anise seed, and "Kiriko" is a faceted …

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