Floral Balls

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My  floral balls are inspired by Miyuki  Kawamu- ra’s Sakura (Origami Tanteidan 4th Convention Book, 1998) and Toshikazu Kawasaki’s Sakura- dama  (Origami Dream World,  2001).  Although my units are much simpler and the locking is quite different, the basic idea that two petals belonging to two adjacent flowers may be formed with one unit, and that 30 of those units may be assembled in a dodecahedral  manner to create a floral ball, came from the above mentioned models.

You will notice that all of the floral ball models start with a cupboard fold. The different petal shapes  are achieved  by  altering the folds  at the tips of the petals. The center  of the flowers can be  of  two  types: exposed  lock  type  and  hidden lock  type. The exposed  lock  gives  the look  and feel of the pistil and stamen of a flower, render- ing a much  more realistic look. In summary, we will look at five kinds of petal tips and two kinds of centers formed by exposed or hidden locks. Some variation can also be achieved by changing the aspect ratio of the starting paper: the longer the paper, the longer the petals. So, other than those flowers diagrammed here, please go ahead and create new flowers on your own with differ- ent combinations that I have not tried out for myself.

Poinsettia Floral Ball

1. Start with 1 : 2  paper. Fold and open centerlines . Then cupboard fold and open.

2. Match dots to form new creases as shown.

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3. Re-crease cupboard folds.