I designed this light fixture as a kusudamaâ€”a type of modular origami that creates a ball, star, or orb from many different pieces. Iâ€™ve found that with large-enough units, the open sides of this kusadama make it a great lampshade for LED bulbs. Most LED lights give off no heat and are safe to use with paper, but double-check before installing any light inside a paper fixture. Do not use this model with a regular lightbulb! It will heat up and create a fire hazard.
You can find paper that has been treated to be heat- and fireproof online or at specialty art supply shops. Folding from 7" (18cm) squares will make the
lampshade shown here, which is about 13" (33cm).
Inspired by traditional techniques, Sok Song captures the timeless spirit of origami in every modern model he designs. Inside, he shows how paper can be transformed into anything from an exquisite watercolor orchid to a wallet made from a subway map. These imaginative projects will teach you the fundamentals of origami as you create playful animals and other designs perfect for greeting cards, jewelry, and more. SOK SONG's passion for origami transformed his self-taught hobby into an award-winning design business. His paper artistry has been featured in magazines including Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, GQ, and Vogue; as contributions to other origami books; on TV on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and America’s Next Top Model; and in museums...© 2013 Sok Song / Potter Craft · Reproduced with permission.
SAKURA UNIT (MAKE 30)
Start with the Windmill Base. Fold the left and right flaps in the opposite direction.
Mountain fold in half. Note: Make sure the points are
separated and not trapped inside.
On the front layer, fold the left and right corners up.
On the front layer, fold the top corners down.
Repeat steps 3 and 4 on the other side.
Gently open by pulling the 4 corners apart.
FINISHED SAKURA UNIT!
Note: Fold 29 more units before starting assembly.
SAKURA BLOSSOM LAMPSHADE ASSEMBLY
Insert top right flap of one unit into top left pocket of another unit to join.
Note: The full triangle flap will slide in the pocket. Once the flap is inserted make sure to push up the joint slightly to reinforce.
a Continue joining units until 5 2.b units are connected.
Connect a sixth unit to act as a â€œbridgeâ€ between the two clusters of 5.
Continue to connect more clusters as shown to create a sphere.