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 mobile was made for good friends as they embark on the next adventure of parenthood. Primary colors are supposed to aid the development of babies (that’s what I read on the internet, so it much be true) so this mobile features six kusudama of different colors.
I wanted to try something a little different from my usual designs by including six balls instead of three or four. I knew that the balance and size of the mobile might be a little difficult because of the additional balls. I didn’t want to mobile to be too large so the parents and visitors wouldn’t be bumping their heads on it. I drew out a few designs on paper first and considered paper sizes so I could get an idea of how the mobile would look. Depending on the kusudama design, the finished ball might be smaller with a larger sized paper, and larger paper means more weight. So the mobile would be balanced depending on the finished size of the ball and the original paper size.
I got to try out a couple new kusudama designs that I haven’t made before. I often get asked how long it takes to fold all the pieces. Honestly, folding is the easy part. Planning the mobile and choosing the colors and paper actually takes the most time. Before I start folding, I make sure all the colors and paper matches and I made the right design choices, and it can take more time that folding all the pieces!
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.