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« on: May 27, 2010 02:22:55 PM »

I saw the kusudama tutorial on foldingtrees quite a while ago, and loved it.  
http://foldingtrees.com/2008/11/kusudama-tutorial-part-1/
It's really simple to do, it just takes time to fold 60 units, then glue them all together.
I used pages from a thrifted Japanese book.



Here you can see the basic unit or petal (farthest right).  You glue five units into a flower.  Then six flowers into a hemisphere.  (I started with papers 4" square.)



Finally, you glue two hemispheres into a ball, traditionally with a string loop for hanging in between, but I used a bamboo skewer instead.  It was tricky getting the two halfs to stay positioned so that all those surfaces were touching while the glue was still wet, so I used bobbypins.



It looks nice in a vase, but in my head I imagine it displayed with the skewer placed between books on a full shelf.  I gave it to a friend for her birthday, and never tried it with the books.

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« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2010 03:04:36 PM »

That is so cool! Very elegant.
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« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2010 03:09:12 PM »

This is beautiful! Great job!
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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2010 07:22:04 AM »

I love the way it looks in that vase! I agree, it's a very elegant stand-alone piece.

At first glance I thought the paper was sheet music. I think I may try this with some old music I have... Thanks for the link!
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« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2010 02:53:41 AM »

Thanks for the tutorial. I've not seen something like that before but it's awesome. Will have a go myself soon Smiley
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