Tip: Papers I usually buy on Ebay or Origami Shop. Japanese books I tend to buy from CDJapan.

A few weeks ago I got contacted to fold and make a video of a new kusudama model by an upcoming Origamist. So let me now introduce you to a creative and wonderful Origami kusudama model by Xander Perrott from New Zealand, a new Origami designer and Mathematician. You can find out more about Mr. Perrott and his creative Kusudama designs on his Facebook page.

The Jadis Kusudama is a 60 module Origami project that is fun and easy to fold, yet still challenges you during assembly 😉 – but not too much, so you wouldn’t manage without glue. This Origami project is intended for Low Intermediate folders.

Paper, Ratio & Measurements

You will need to prepare 60 pieces of Kami or Duo Colored Paper in the Ratio of: 2: (1+2sqrt(3)). Don’t let the Ratio frighten you! Simply calculate your measurements and you are ready to go (fold 😉 ).

The Jadis Kusudama looks very pretty in different shades of red / pink. I think this Kami paperwould fit too! You could also try to use Duo Colored Paper!

Update: {In case you are having problems with calculating the ratio of the papers}: You can find out the ratio in an equation and calculate the amount for x. (Like you did in school with placing a fraction on the left equaling a fraction on the right side {x is either on top or bottom of that equation}). If you want it simpler, I rounded up the Ratio in the following way: 1:0.448018 -> use this if you know the larger side of your paper and want to find out the smaller side: multiply the 0.448018 with the larger side and you get the shorter side. And the other way around is 1:2.232051: Multiply the shorter side with 2.232051 and you get the longer side.

Use the Paper Ratio Calculator (link below) – if you need help calculating your paper measurements.

My measurements were: 15 cm x 6.7 cm / 5.9 in x 2.6 in. If you happen to have 15 cm / 5.9 in Origami paper, you can cut out 2 pieces out of every paper, and altogether you will need 30 pieces. Sometimes it is not easy to find 30 pieces of paper of the same color – but you can easily incorporate different colors, as you can see in my model. Let me give you two tips regarding the paper: I would advise you to use bigger size paper, for example like the measurement that I have used. It is always better to try your first one without too much struggle. And second, regular Kami paper might be a bit too thin, as they “stars” that get created during the assembly, might not hold it’s shape due to the papers weakness. It is possible to use Kami paper, as you can see by my example, but the model will turn out more perfect, if you use slightly “heavier” paper. I guess duo colored paper has a tiny bit more “substance” than regular Kami. (But that is just my thought.)

Folding Experience

The folding should go like a breeze for the Jadis model. Every fold is actually quite straight forward – with no hidden surprises. The steps are also fairly short, so you will remember them quite quickly. As you might know already, I prefer to score certain diagonal lines and crease them from there. You might not like that, so you can just fold them without pre-scoring. [I use an empty gel pen with a 4mm tip, which creates crisp scoring lines.]

Assembly Stages

The Jadis Kusudama has actually two assembly stages. First you will need to create so called peaks from every 3 modules. This stage is not too tricky – and they hold together quite nicely. In the end you will end up with 20 peaks from all your 60 modules. Now in the second stage you will connect 5 peaks together – and they form a kind of star in the middle. It is best if you have some paper clips or small (craft) clothespins at hand to help you during this stage. Each time you slide a flap over the next one, you should secure them temporarily – until the whole Kusudama is assembled. At this stage you will see what I meant in the paragraph above when I talked about the paper strength of Kami paper (or better it’s weakness). When you form those stars, you will see that the paper might not hold it’s shape as you would like it. (Sometimes you might get sweaty hands from the assembly – which obviously decreases the paper even more.) Just don’t get too frustrated – take breaks during the assembly, and most of all take time and don’t rush it. The secured (by paperclips) and partly assembled flaps don’t come apart that easily, so you won’t need to worry about that!

Be sure to follow my steps in the video. After the first star is formed by 5 peaks, be sure to start connecting two adjoining “arms” on the other side. From these two connections add 3 more peaks to form your next star. Otherwise, the assembly follows the regular Kusudama assembly you should be used to.

Conclusion

I enjoyed folding this model – I loved the creative way that the peaks were formed from the 3 modules. And the assembly was not overly difficult – and certainly possible without glue. A few might be put off that this is a 60 module project, but the folding part is quite easy and enjoyable. I can recommend the Jadis Kusudama to anybody who loves the beauty of modular Origami!

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