Welcome to Circle Mobile, the place to find my origami mobile creations. Each mobile is personally designed and hand crafted. The colors, sizes and shapes are all considerations in each mobile’s creation. This modular origami is created using individual interlocking pieces of origami.
Please browse the collection. There is only one of each mobile making them truly unique. I am also able to work with you to make a custom designed mobile.
This four piece mobile features four variations of Jade kusudama designed by Ekaterina Lukasheva. These kusudama are light and airy with their open style design. Red, blue, and purple colors are used and each kusudama features a single primary color with two accent colors. Paper ranges in size from 10cm to 5cm.
This mobile was made for my mother’s birthday. She is currently redecorating and was showing me a great space to hang a mobile if she had one *hint hint* (this was a few months ago). The room is blue, so I picked that as one of the featured colors for the mobile. The next thing I looked at is the color wheel. I wanted two more colors to complete the color scheme. What they say is to pick colors next to each other or opposite each other. I chose red and purple based on that as complementary colors to Blue. There’s enough variation in paper shades that this doesn’t have to be exact.
Next was picking a design. I got this book recently “Kusudama Origami” by Ekaterina Lukasheva. The Jade Variation in the book caught my eye. There were also several variations of this model that I liked. You can find more examples and other diagrams at her website: Kusudama Me! I decided to make four balls, making one of each variation.
Each ball requires 30 pieces. I use five different colors or styles of paper for each ball, using six sheets of each. This ensures that no color will be touching itself at any point in the ball when assembled. When constructing the ball, combine one piece from each paper together at a point. Then, work your way around piece by piece so each color is opposite the same one that is already assembled.
For this I chose 5cm paper to 10cm paper. This design is relatively large. The largest ball made from 10cm paper was almost 7in in diameter. Knowing this, I probably would use smaller paper for this design in the future. Keep this is mind when selecting the size of paper you want. You can always create one unit out of scrap paper to get a better idea of how large the final assembled ball will be.
Final step was to assemble the mobile. I always work from the bottom up. Find the balance point of each level before adding one on top of it. Since the kusudama balls are relatively light, use light weight rods to make it easier to construct.
The assembled mobile looked great. I thought it was a bit large at first, but after hanging it up for a while, I think it fits the space great!
This flower bouquet features Lilies, Irises and Phlox flowers and kusudama. The inspiration for the pink, blue and purple color scheme was from the recent wedding of two good friends for whom this bouquet was made for.
I decided to try something different this time instead of the mobiles. I thought this would be a perfect gift for my friend’s new apartment. I will say that this was creatively more difficult than designing and building the mobiles. Flower arrangements require a certain element of randomness to achieve the look of a real flower bouquet.
I found this site which had a lot of different origami flower diagrams: Origami Flowers. Several of them started with pentagon or hexagon shaped paper. Cutting paper is a personal pet peeve of mine so I stayed away from those for this bouquet, but there are many different flowers to try.
I originally started small with the color scheme in mind. I had made about 5 flowers of different sizes and 2 kusudama. I assembled them and put them in the vase. I looked at it briefly and it just didn’t feel right to me. This lead to a stretch of folding more flowers, putting them all in the vase, deciding I didn’t like it and then going back and folding more. After folding about 20 flowers and arranging and rearranging their positions, I was able to get that “full” bouquet look that I wanted. Overall, it was a much longer process than I initially envisioned, but it was well worth it.
Top View of all the flowers
One of the things I especially liked about these flowers was using two-sided paper to get color contrast within certain flowers. This particular flower was made from paper that was pink on one side and blue on the other. Typically, origami paper is only colored on one side with a white color on the other. I used pipe cleaners and floral tape (which is outrageously sticky by the way) to create the flower. The final flowers looked very realistic and were easy to arrange together.
Making a flower
To finish off, I filled the vase with lucky stars. These are folded from strips of paper. These particular stars are made from more cloth like paper, creating a richer feel overall. Any guesses as to how many stars there are in the vase?
For a first attempt at a flower bouquet, I am very pleased with the result, and it’s something I will probably be making again!
This mobile feature four kusudama hanging from a curly wire frame. Each ball is made from 6 to 12 pieces, with paper ranging in size from 7.5 cm to 15 cm. These are windmill based models, designed by Meenakshi Mukerji.
To compliment this snowy season, this three piece mobile features a blue pastel color theme. Three star shaped kusudama are used, each made from 30 individual pieces. Paper sizes range from 4cm to 7.5 cm.
One diagram can be found here: Chandelle Kusudama