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A few weeks ago I came across this unique looking Kusudama, called Muntazar Kusudama. It is not the geometric kind that I tend to fold a lot, but has a distinct design that reminds me of a sun with its rays. I also have seen pictures of the same Origami ball with the name “Solnechnaya”. This wonderful Muntazar Kusudama is designed by Mikhail Puzakov. You can find more about this fantastic Kusudama designs on his website, and in particular about the Muntazar Kusudama here. Mr. Puzakov was so kind and published a diagram of his model as well. So it’s definitely worthwhile to check out his wonderful Origami website.

Intro

The Muntazar Kusudama is put together from 3 different modules – and all together from 26 single units, which are best folded from single colored paper. The folding is not overly difficult, but requires some precision – as some folds are turned inside out. It is best to have moderate experience with Origami in general. Be warned, you will need glue for the assembly. If glue and Origami is not your thing, then please choose a different design.

Paper, Ratio & Measurements

The Muntazar Kusudama is folded from paper in square ratio. As this model uses techniques that remind me a bit of tessellations, I recommend you to use slightly larger paper. For both of my Muntazar models I have used paper that was about 21 cm x 21 cm / 8.3 in x 8.3 in in size. As the sun element, which leads this design, slightly opens – and let’s the underneath side of the paper shine through, I would recommend you to use the same color on both sides of your paper. I have used regular pastel colored copy paper, but Tant would work fantastic as well. You could also try to fold it from Kami paper, but as I said, the underneath side might be visible.

Hint: If you like the pastel colored Muntazar Kusudama that I made, you could use Pastel Tant paper. This model would also look amazing with Monochrome Tant Paper!

This model is build from three different kinds of modules: Module A – which is the sun element. You will need 8 pieces of Module A. Module B, which resembles a clover leaf, has to be the same size as Module A. You will need 6 pieces of Module B. Module C, which is a smaller hexagon, is cut from paper the size of Module A, which is divided into half on both sides, which means you can cut exactly 4 pieces for Module C out of one piece of Module A sized paper. You will need all together 12 pieces of Module C [which are actually 3 pieces of Module A sized paper]. So, if you want to sum it up, you will need 8 + 6 + 3 = 17  pieces of large paper.

Folding your Muntazar Kusudama Modules

The first step of Module A is to get your square paper into the hexagon shape. In general, all the folds are not too advanced, but require some accuracy. Some of steps involve inverting creases. Sometimes it is quite useful to have a toothpick on hand, as it lets you reach deeper inside pockets, and also let’s you get to the tiny edges on the tip of the folds and helps you invert them. In one occasion my video differs slightly with the steps of the diagram. I just thought, that the step I chose is easier to follow through – but you can do either way, as both lead to the same result [Module B – step after the folding of the 4 x 4 grid]. I also chose to score some lines before folding them. It just helps to work more accurately and helps to fold down big chunks of paper more easily [Module B one step before the end].

Version B of the Muntazar

The regular Muntazar Kusudama shows the distinctive sun shape on the front. I chose to show a slightly different version, where you don’t finish all the steps of Module A, but leave the module in the star like shape. You can see this version in the pictures here and in the video. I like both, that’s why I included the modification of the regular Muntazar as well.

You could also make an Origami quilt from this slight modification of the regular Muntazar Module A. It looks quite nice like this laid out on the table, and would probably look amazing when it’s framed on a wall.

Assembly

The assembly of the Muntazar Kusudama is only possible with glue. You take Module A and attach Module B and C by alternating between them – while connecting it with a second Module A (and so on). Module B connects to 4 different Modules A, while Module C connects 2 Modules A together. I hope it will be clear by watching the video and looking at my pictures above and below. If you have any questions, regarding the assembly or any other stage of the Muntazar Kusudama, don’t hesitate to leave me a comment.

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