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I Love Nails and Origami!

Today I thought I’d share a hobby of mine that I find to be very relaxing seeing as how the last couple of days have been somewhat trying for me. I started making kusudama or origami balls a few years ago and even though they take me about seven hours to make, I’m always so satisfied by the result of holding a colourful ball in my hands! Kusudama are composed of identical individual units, usually flowers, that are put together to form one spherical unit. I just love the fusion of math and art and I feel more relaxed just looking at one of these guys!

This one is about the size of my head. My cats are scared of this one!

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This one fits in the palm of my hand!

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Instead of flowers, I was thinking of making these as centerpieces for my wedding reception. What do you guys think?

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  1. that is definitely an original idea for a wedding reception! I like it. Maybe if you put them in a glass bowl of some kind?

    P.S. didn't know you were engaged, congratulations!!
    P.P.S. try one of these designs on your nails :)

    Sarah

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    1. Yeah, I was thinking a glass bowl or a very tall stand that I could place the balls on. Like a pedestal. Yes, I am engaged, thank you! This was actually how I got proposed to:
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  2. They remind me of paper lanterns if that makes sense??!! I loveee the way you made them :)

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    1. They do! I was trying to put a light in the middle, but I didn't want to deal with electrical wiring!

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  3. That's so cute Jayne! We share the same hobby, I love making paper stars and cranes! You should think about incorporating origami fold throughout your wedding. Dior did a whole collection inspired by origami, you should check it out! http://www.origamicupcake.com/2009/11/origami-inspired-christian-dior/

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    1. Ooh, I love doing the stars! It's so satisfying seeing those little buggers puff up when you squeeze them!

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    2. OMG, these are some amazing dresses!!!

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  4. Really cute!
    I think that's a really good idea! I like different stuff like this at weddings keeps it exciting!

    www.blondeebrittany.blogspot.ca

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    1. Thank you! I think everyone tries their best to make a wedding memorable. I just don't feel like having flowers...or paying for them!

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  5. That would be so fun and different!!! I love it!!

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  6. That looks so cute and fun! I absolutely love this and all of the colors. I think having these instead of flowers is not only a cute idea but since flowers are mainly for decoration.. well, that's just it. Whereas these look great and have meaning since it's a hobby of yours. Such a great job!

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    1. That's what I was thinking, flowers die and they cost so much! At least these are a lot more memorable and I think people would appreciate them!

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  7. wow, these are BEAUTIFUL. I am so amazed that you made one that is as big as your head!!! I think it'd be really nice for you to use these as center pieces - they mean something to you, and add a great personal touch.

    in other news, I WANT ONE!! they are really so pretty.

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    1. LOL, tell me what colours you want!

      Since they take 7 hours to make, I don't want to have too many guests! I like the idea, but I am going to be one busy girl!

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    2. pretty girly colours!!

      and when is the ceremony? next year? if it is, you have plenty of time to make oh, 100 origami balls? LOL jk ;) if you have 100 guests you would only have to make 10 or so, depending on how big your tables will be. that isn't too atrocious. however, that is 70 hours of work! maybe make small ones? hehe.

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    3. I think it will be August of 2013...I think...the guest list is about 80 I think, so maybe 8 balls? I'll probably have to cheat and get help...

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  8. They would made the most fun and original center pieces I've seen, really cool idea... I might steal it hehe if I ever get married LOL Thanks for sharing, you're very skilled!!! xx ^^

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    1. Haha, steal away! I think they'd definitely be a bit more original than flowers...

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  9. Aw I love doing origami...it's been a while though! you've inspired me :D These would be awesome for your centerpieces!

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    1. I'd love to see what you come up with now that you've been newly inspired! Ok, I think these are going to be possible centerpieces for sure!

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  10. Omg this is so pretty ! I have never seen anything like it before it would make fantastic center pieces! Beautiful and a conversation starter... you should sell these Jayne they are so unique!

    xo

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    1. Thank you! I've thought about selling them, but the labour involved is so intense! I wouldn't be able to make very many in a short span of time!

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  11. Wow those are so neat! And DEFINITELY more creative/personal than flowers for centerpieces at your wedding! xx

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    1. Thank you! I think I will definitely be doing these as centerpieces! At least they don't die!

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  12. Would you be willing to share how you made this? I'd love to teach my class...

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    1. Thisis a tutorial that I like because it's easy to follow.

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