☆ Stars ☆

Hey everyone!

Isn’t there something about stars that just fit the cold weather of winter? Maybe it’s because of the holidays? Personally, I love the scene of white snow and a starry sky. Here’s one by Takeshi.K to set the mood of this post:

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Mount Fuji

Let’s start off with the most popular design around— the lucky star. It’s made out of a strip of paper that you fold around itself to make a puffy, 3D figure. Back when I didn’t have strips of paper, I would measure out 15 cm x 15 cm origami paper into 1 cm strips and cut them myself. They’re so cute to put into ball ornaments or into jars for decoration. Major tip for this project is to avoid harsh creases especially at the beginning. Doing this will make it difficult shape the star at the end. This video tutorial is from Paper Kawaii, and the visual is from Origami Resource Center.

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Lucky Stars

The next two projects require pentagonal bases, but don’t worry, they’ll show you how in the videos and diagram. This star is a great project for beginning pentagonal origami because it has a lot of repetitive steps. You can also adjust if you want the flaps to be loose, thus making it three dimensional; or to push them down, and have a flat star. The tutorial for this project is from Homemade Gifts Made Easy. There is a video and visuals!

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Pentagonal Star

The last design is a star bowl, and it’s very easy to make, so no worries! >u< It would be great for little candies/snacks or storing hair ties/bobby pins. You could also make a cover for it and it can be a star box. And obviously, it can be very pretty decorations. Design for this figure comes from Paper Kawaii.

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Star Bowl

That’s all for today! Most of the time, if you’re folding stars, you’ll be starting from a pentagonal base due to the clear reason that stars have five sides (unless it’s modular whereas that is out of my area of expertise >___<). It’s a good base to know to fold and it’s not to hard. Hope everyone likes the projects and best of luck! ^-^

Have a great day,

Yada

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History of Origami

Hi everyone!

I’m pretty sure everyone has heard the word origami at some point, but, if you haven’t, that’s okay! For this post, I’m going to go over a brief history and explanation of this paper art. Don’t worry, I’ll try not to bore you with countless dates and details.

Origami Crane

The word, origami, was first branded in 1880. It is a combination of the two Japanese words— oru (to fold) and kami (paper). When the term was initially created, it was named, orikata, for folded shapes. The crane is one of the most renowned figures in the world of origami.

Gohei (Purification Wand)

In the 6th century, paper was first introduced to Japan by Buddhist monks. The origins of origami are quite unclear as there are no specific dated records, but the art was established during the beginning of the 7th century. As paper was quite expensive back then, origami was mainly reserved for religious and formal ceremonies, such as wrapped offerings to the gods. (Incidentally, kami is a homonym for spirit or god!)

During the Edo period (1603-1868), people had better access to paper, so the art quickly gained popularity. It has been a classic in Japanese culture ever since. Even in the present, origami has become normal lessons taught in kindergartens. There are many forms that have been created: kirigami, modular, wet folding, and so on. Origami continues to capture  the interests of many as it is an art known around the world.

 

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Kirigami, Modular, Wet Folding

I hope you learned something new about the ancient art of paper folding. Please come out to OJC regardless of your skill level. It’s never to late to learn, and if you’re already advance, I’m sure there’ll be people who would love to learn from you (like me!). Feel free to leave a comment or feedback. Thanks!

Have a great day,

Yada

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