The last kusudama I introduced you to, was the Oleo Kusudama – now please meet it’s close relative, the Star Prints Kusudama. Both of them were designed by Aldo Marcell and both of them have a very similar way of folding. So if you fold one of them, you can easily learn to fold the other one. If you enjoy this design, you should definitely check out Mr. Marcell’s flickr page, where he always displays his latest work.
The Star Prints kusudama is a 30 module kusudama, folded from square Kami or Duo Colored paper. It is suitable for people that have already some Origami experience and some experience with folding and assembling kusudama. No glue or other help is necessary during the assembly stage.
Paper, Ratio & Measurements
To make your Star Prints kusudama, you will need 30 pieces of square paper. As this design comes to life with paper that is differently colored on both sides, you should use Kami or Duo Colored paper. The paper that I used was from the well known Korean Origami paper manufacturer Jong Ie Nara. I used the measurement of 7.5 cm x 7.5 cm / 3 in x 3 in. This size is great if you have a bit more experience with folding kusudama. If you are not so sure, start out with paper the size of 10 cm x 10 cm / 4 in x 4 in. Also be sure that your paper is not too soft, as you might have problems inserting the flaps into the pockets.
Folding your modules for the Star Prints Kusudama
The side that faces you in your first step of folding, is the color that your finished “Star” will be in. In my case I started with the light purple side up, and the finished Star Prints kusudama has light purple stars and dark purple corners. The folding part is fairly easy, especially if you have seen the previous project, the Oleo Kusudama Tutorial. There is one fold, which is a bit “unnatural”, for which I used a ruler and scored the line to help me fold it down more accurately. If you are a purist, then look away during that part of the video 😉 and do it just with your hands. All in all, the folding should go fairly quick.
Just as the Oleo, the Star Prints Kusudama is not as easy as the folding experience would suggest. You should take time and don’t rush it – as your final product will be more accurate. Sometimes it is wise to put a module aside if you have problems inserting it in already finished parts, take a new pristine one – and use the slightly bent one at the end. Sometimes due to the “stress” of the assembly, the hands start sweating and might dampen the already fragile paper. That bit of time that the already wrinkled module can rest, might make the difference in the end.
A fellow folder gave me another tip, that I haven’t really thought about until now: If your flaps are too soft and don’t hold it’s shape and tension, you could brush some strong wallpaper glue on them and let them dry. [This paragraph does not suggest to glue your kusudama in place, but reinforce the soft flaps to give them more strength.] That should give them more stability and make them less prone to losing its shape. (He used the German product Ovalit, a professional wallpaper glue.) If you are having this kind of problem, it might be wise to check it out – and find a similar local product. Once all the flaps have dried, you can continue with your assembly and be more at ease with it.