Aug 24, 2014

Origami Decorations: Bitterroot Stars

These elegant modular stars, designed by Ekaterina Lukasheva, are very easy to fold and assemble.
Origami Decorations: Bitterroot Stars
The instructions can be found in the book Kusudama Origami, by Ekaterina Lukasheva.
I used 5 and 6 modules for the stars in the picture above, but they can also be assembled with 7 modules. I folded each module with a 3" x 6" (75mm x 150 mm) rectangle of patterned origami paper.

Aug 16, 2014

Origami Decorations: Lilies in a Bottle

This bottle is a very nice model, particularly if you fold it from a translucent paper, that I haven't seen posted in origami blogs or pictures around the web for a while.
Origami Decorations: Lilies in a bottle
The bottle was designed by David Brill. The instructions are available in the book Origami for the Connoisseur, by Kunihiko Kasahara and Toshie Takahama.
I folded the bottle with a 6" (150 mm) square of cellophane paper. It is a little challenging to work with cellophane. Reversing a crease is difficult, and it wrinkles easily, as you can see in the picture.
The cap is a traditional masu box. Instead of using the size of the paper recommended in the book, I used a 3"square of origami paper, and adjusted the bottom of the box to fit the size of the bottleneck, to get a deeper cap.
Inside the box I put three traditional lilies, each one folded with  a 1 ½" (38mm) square of foil paper.

Aug 10, 2014

Origami Flowers: Lilia

The Lilia is a beautiful modular flower designed by Ekaterina Lukasheva.
Origami Flowers: Lilia
The instructions can be found in the book Kusudama Origami, by Ekaterina Lukasheva.
I folded the flower with 5 rectangles A7 size (105 x 73 mm) that I cut from an standard A4 size sheet of parchment paper (A7 size is obtaining by cutting an A4 sheet in half, then in half, and then in half again).

Aug 2, 2014

Elephants for the ZSL Whipsnade Zoo - Origami Elephant World Record Attempt

This herd of origami elephants is on its way to the ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, in the UK.
The Zoo is trying to raise awareness of the plight of elephants by breaking the world record of the most origami elephants made and displayed. The goal is to create a display of 30,000 elephants, one for each Asian elephant left in the wild.
Elephants for the ZSL Whipsnade Zoo - Origami Elephant World Record Attempt
The origami elephants in the picture were designed by Nobuyoshi Enomoto.  The instructions can be found in the book,  Zoogami, by Gay Merrill Gross.
I folded them with 6" (150 mm) and 8" (200 mm) squares of origami paper.

Any origami elephant model will count, easy or complex. If you want to help, please mail your origami elephants to arrive before September 20th, 2014, to:

Origami Elephant World Record Attempt
Jordan Christmas
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
Whipsnade, Dunstable,
Bedfordshire, LU6 2LF
United Kingdom

You can find more information in the Zoo webpage.