A while back I posted two Kusudama tutorials by Mr. Marcell. Both are wonderful designs and were well like by many of you. (You can find them here: Tornado Kusudama & Open Faced Kusudama) I am overjoyed to post 4 more of his beautiful Kusudama designs in the next coming weeks. The Torch Ginger Kusudama, that I will present to you today, is a flowery design that reminds me a bit of the Martagon Lily and maybe a bit like the Pomegranate crown on the fruit. This is not a geometric kind of Kusudama, which I already posted a lot recently, but a curly design. After you finish folding the modules you can curl the tips to shape them more into a flower. You can find many more of Mr. Marcell’s amazing designs on his Flickr page.
Paper, Measurements & Ratio
The beauty of the Torch Ginger Kusudama is brought to life if you use Duo Colored Origami Paper or even Kami paper. I chose the red/egg-yolk-yellow combination as I still had somehow the Martagon Lily, which can be found in the European Alps, in my mind from my childhood days. You could choose any color combination, but I think contrasting colors will work best with this model.
The Ratio of this model is 1:2, so if you take a regular 15 cm x 15 cm or 5.9 in x 5.9 in Origami paper, you just need to cut it into half. This measurement does not produce a gigantic ball, and is also a great size while folding your modules. Pre cut 12 or 30 pieces of paper. In this video tutorial I show you the 30 unit Torch Ginger Kusudama, but a 12 unit version is possible as well.
Folding of the Torch Ginger
Remember to start folding with the less dominant side of your paper facing you. This is the side which will be only visible on the inside of your flower petals. There are quite a few steps you need to go through until you finish with one module – but I am sure you will remember them quite fast. Basically there are three mayor steps of the folding process. The pre-creasing part before the collapse, the folding of the backside of the module & the folding and collapsing of the petals. I made myself I little sketch of the first part, so I remember on what side (red or yellow) I need to fold. But besides from that, the rest should be fairly easy to remember. You can help yourself with a crocheting hook when you reach the stage of the petal folding.
Curling the tips of the Torch Ginger
This design thrives on the resemblance to wildflowers, so you should definitely try to curl the tips of your Kusudama. It is not so difficult, if you never attempted to curl the tips of a Kusudama. I helped myself with the blade of a blunt knife. You should try to hold the top part of where the petals start, with the other hand, so the design does not come apart with the curling movement. Think of a movement similar to when curling ribbon with scissors. Just be more delicate, as the paper can easily tear. You also should probably curl the tips before the final assembly, as it is not easy to hold the parts tight with the other hand, when the kusudama is already assembled.
Assembly of the Torch Ginger
After you folded and curled all 30 units (or 12 modules), it is time to start the assembly. Unfold the edges of the modules, so you can easily slide them into each other. It is not as simple as it looks and might need to fiddle around quite a bit, until the flap connects to the other unit. If your units don’t connect very strongly, and keep falling apart, don’t be ashamed if you need to use glue. I used glue in the assembly of this model. But be warned, this slows the assembly down considerably, as you need to wait each time that the glue has dried completely, before you connect another part. I think this last step in the making of my Torch Ginger took a few days, as I did it quite casually. But in the end, it turned out so beautifully, so time well spent. Thank you again, Mr. Marcell, for giving me permission to demonstrate your lovely design!
The Torch Ginger Kusudama is not a beginner project, as you need more than the average beginner skills. But if you are a seasoned Origami enthusiast, and you love the folding and assembly of kusudamas, then you should definitely give this one a try. Also if you are less into geometric kusudama, but more into the curly tips kind of kusudama, then this model is for sure for you. The assembly is not as easy as some other ones, but can be overcome. If you have any kind of comments or questions, I would be happy to hear from you!