Monday, December 19, 2011

Kusuda Origami Ball Tutorial Part 1

Hey everyone! Origami has always been a great interest of mine and I'd thought I'd share this fun project with you guys. It's pretty easy, and can easily be assembled by the very novice of origami connoisseurs and yields pretty impressive results... Although it may take some time to do, maybe a couple of hours.

Things you'll need:

-60 sheets of square paper (makes 12 flowers)
-1 roll of double-sided tape, other tutorials I've come across use liquid glue, but when working with a three-dimensional shape, I like to use an adhesive that bears almost complete control.
-Wire or string with some sort of decorative 'stopper' to hang the completed ball with.
-Patience, focus, and about two hours of your time.

Part 1//Creating a Petal

Step 1:

You've got your paper! Turn it over so that the decorative side is facing the surface of your work area. Then fold the paper shown in the second image. The third image is what your paper should now look like.

Step 2:

Now, taking the bottom corners of the triangle, fold so that the bottom points meet the top.

Step 3:

Now, where the two orange-yellow lines are indicated, you'll want to fold so that these two edges meet. Apply this step on both sides.

Step 4:

Open one of the 'wings' and flatten, apply this step on both sides.

Step 5:

Fold, indicated by the orange-yellow line. Again, apply this step to both sides.

Step 6:

Fold again, indicated with the orange-yellow lines. Repeat for the other side.

Step 7:

The surfaces marked with the orange-yellow lines are the areas where you'll want to add the double sided tape or adhesive of your choice, make sure not to fold and flatten, merely bend until the two surfaces meet. Now you have a petal! Congratulations!

I'll upload the second part of the tutorial tomorrow, so stay tuned!~

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