Cherry Blossom Ball

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Finally, someone did a a decent tutorial video on how to make a cherry blossom origami ball. I love it love it and love it!! But… I just don’t have time to try it out yet. I know that it will take me forever to put all the pieces together to make a ball. To create each single piece is not that hard, but to connect all 30 pieces together is like a nightmare. I really appreciate this tutorial video because I’ve been looking for this pattern and technique for years. Thank you so much!


Flying Origami Glider

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ไปเจอวีดีโอคลิกนี้ที่เว็บ BoingBoing เป็นหลักวิทยศาสตร์ขั้นต้นพิสูจน์ว่า อากาศเคลื่อนไหวเป็นคลื่นเช่นกัน และคลื่นที่ว่านี้ก็จะทำให้สิ่งของลอยอยุ่บนอากาศ เป็นลักษณะเดียวกับที่คนเราโต้คลื่นบนน้ำนั่นเอง ทำให้คนสามารถยืนบนกระดานโต้คลื่นแล้วเคลื่อนตัวไปข้างหน้าตามคลื่นได้


Folding Money Bills

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I found this picture on BoingBoing. The blogger did not know who made this. But, I think it’s interesting enough to share with you :)

 

Can you do it?

 

Origami in Fashion Trends

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Now, cooperating origami techniques into fashion clothes is the newest, hottest trend!! That’s what I heard from the Fashion Police show on E! channel. 

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In the Chanel’s Spring 2009 show, origami paper has been used for decorating the runway and used as accessories on models.

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Absolutely stunning, isn’t it??? What a CLASSIC!

Origami Museum

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Vee just got back from Thailand. He had to stop by Narita airport, Tokyo, Japan. He said he thought of me when he saw the Origami Museum!! Awww.. that’s nice of him. He thought I already have seen this.

Well.. NO… I have no idea that there is such this thing at the airport. When I go back to Thailand, usually I will transit at Incheon airport, Seoul, Korea. I wish I could visit the meseum. Vee said he was impressed. It was amazing. So, I googled it.. hahaha.. Here they are!

It is pretty amazing, isn’t it?

SOURCE: Flickr.com

Origami Christmas Tree

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Although Christmas Holidays just passed, we still are looking forward to celebrating the New Year. Whoo hooo!

This Christmas I thought about doing Origami Christmas tree, but I didn’t have the tree until three days before Christmas. So, it didn’t happen this year. Well, I just found out that there was an Origami tree in New York at the American Museum of Natural History.  It’s so NICE!!


Source: Folding Tree

Chrysanthemum Icosahedron Kusudama

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I had to cheat this time by using scotch tape to hold all the pieces together. It was too hard to finish it without using tools. I love the outcome with three colors but the same pattern.

Tomoko Fuse

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“Origami all begins when we put a hand on the move. There is a big difference between understanding something through the mind and know the same thing through touch”

- Tomoko Fuse

Tomoko Fuse is a Japanese Origami expert/artist/writer who wrote several books on modular origami. She is also referred as an expert on this type of origami. She has designed so many boxes, containers, Kusudama, paper toys, etc. She’s one my favorite Origami writer. Her diagrams are so brilliant!

I totally agree with her quote about the difference between thinking through origami diagrams in your head and doing actual folding with your hands. Sometimes when you watch the instruction video from the Internet or read the instruction or diagrams from the book, you would think “Oh.. I can do this”, “That’s easy”, “Umm I get this”, etc. However, when you put your hands on paper and start to fold, you would find so many confusion, folding problems, and mistakes. Likewise, some finished origami looks so complicated that you would think you will never be able to do it in a million year. However, once you challenge yourself and start to read the diagram, often you will find that it is not as bad as you have in mind at first.

This demonstrates that thinking quietly in your mind or analyzing things in your head sometimes is not enough. You would only experience the process, see the consequences, and expose yourself to the unknown from doing it. You would surprisingly appreciate the feeling of “I DID IT!” moment.

So.. yeah.. like Nike’s slogan.. “Just Do It.”

Star Modular Origami

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This is my second Kusudama, called Star Modular Origami. I’m not sure about the mathematical name of it. What do you think?

I used 30 pieces of origami paper to create this star modular origami. I would say this one is not as hard as it looks. It is probably easier than the first one, but putting together is still little challenging to me. I discovered that they were used the same patterns or techniques to put all the units together.

Kusudama

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According to Wikipedia, Kusudama, a Japanese word, is a paper model that is usually created by connecting multiple identical pyramidal units (folding each square paper) together through their points to form a spherical shape. Another word, Kusudama is modular origami!

I’m so interested in Kusudama that I have to try one. I got the instruction out of YouTube. I had to fold single units for 30 pieces. Folding one of each was not that bad, but putting them into a ball was a pain. Then, I had to plan out the colors and made sure that the final product would have good combination of colors.

Since this is my first Kusudama and I had limited color origami paper, it was not as pretty as I have wanted. Oh well.. at least I’ve completed the look. Some units are not as quite good looking as they should have been. I definitely need improvement. Can’t wait to start a new project!

It took me about three days to complete it. I did a few units at a time.