Flower Dodecahedron (design by Meenakshi Mukerji)


This is my second model (well.... successful model) out of Meenakshi Mukerji's Origami Inspirations.  I struggled with this model.  I think part of my problem was due to some poor paper choices.  Despite the fact that the books specifically suggested using the same weight/type of paper for face and join units, I went rebel and used a light tissue weight with a heavier text weight paper.  While the results are not disastrous, they are far from what I had hoped.

For the face units I used a silk-screened paper with small gold and silver Ginkgo Leaves on an Ivory background of linen-free mulberry paper that is machine made in Thailand.  For the join units I used Purple Batik paper which is handmade in India of 100% cotton.  Both sides are finished, with metallic gold veins running through the purple sheet. Both sheets were purchased from Hollanders.com.

I did use glue as the paper choices I made did not allow for sharp enough creases to hold the shape.

This was my second attempt at a tassel and it went much better than the last time.  I would love to say I added the embellishments out of inspiration, but it was a weak attempt to mask the bad paper choices.  Not that the paper was bad, because it was beautiful.  But it was clearly not a good use for this project.

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