Origami Peacock Earrings

By , February 26, 2009 1:39 pm

Origami Peacock Earrings at TinyShiny.com

 

 

Origami Peacock Earrings at TinyShiny.com

Origami Peacock Earrings at TinyShiny.com

Here is a new design for Origami Peacock Earrings I just put up on TinyShiny.com.

They are a little bit bigger than other my other Origami Earrings because of the large tail.

The front and back of the tail have different colors.

These Tiny Origami Peacocks are 25mm tall.

 

 

 

Origami Cube Earrings at TinyShiny.com

Origami Cube Earrings at TinyShiny.com

Origami Cube Earrings

I just created some new origami cube earrings.

I used to make multicolored Origami cubes (little boxes) as ornaments.

They are made of 6 different pieces of paper.

Because my cube earrings are so tiny, it takes little bit longer to make each one.
These Tiny Cubes are only 8mm square.

 

 

Shop for Origami Fish, Crane and Cube Earrings at TinyShiny.com

Read about The Thousand Origami Cranes (Senbazuru)

You can check out my Free Origami Projects with illustrated diagrams of classic origami shapes.

Ojizo-sama – Jizo Bosatsu 地蔵 – Japanese Protector Monk

By , February 18, 2009 11:52 pm

Jizo 地蔵 (or as we Japanese call him Ojizo-sama) is the Bodhisattva (Bosatsu).

Jizo Statue in Kamakura, Japan

Jizo Statue in Kamakura, Japan

A Bodhisattva is one who devotes his or her life to freeing others from suffering. Usually the Bodhisattva wears gorgeous jewels, but Jizo is simple and portrayed as a child-monk.

The “Ji” (地) in Jizo means Earth. Jizo is the Japanese name of this Bodhisattva, who was also known in ancient India as Kshitigarbha Bodhisattva, the Earthstore Bodhisattva, guardian of the great earth.

The idea came to China from India and was incorporated into Taoism. The Earthstore Bodhisattva became the saviour for those condemned to Hell (地獄).

Jizo’s mission is to protect us during the time from Gautama Śākyamuni Buddha’s death to the arrival of Maitreya Bodhisattva.

Jizo Sculpture by Little-Akiko

Jizo Sculpture by Little-Akiko

The Earth gives us everything we need from food to treasure. Jizo is also believed to give us health, longevity, wisdom, wealth, a good harvest, easy birth etc…

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Japanese Lunch Box (お弁当 O-bento) Furoshiki Wrap

By , February 13, 2009 6:02 pm
Furoshiki Bento Wrap

Japanese Lunch Box (お弁当O-bento) Wrap

I always use Furoshiki to wrap my lunch box.

In Japan, Many pepole bring O-bento (lunch box) to school and work.
Most of them use Furoshiki (ko furoshiki*) to wrap Lunch boxes.


*Small Furoshiki. Usualy Ko Fusroshiki is made of cotton.


This Wrapping method can also be used to wrap gifts.

Follow diagrams and instructions below.





 
 
 

 

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Furoshiki – Traditional Japanese Wrapping Cloth

By , February 7, 2009 9:10 pm

Furoshiki cloth

Furoshiki wine red sakura cloth

Furoshiki  (風呂敷) is a square piece of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth that was used to transport clothes, gifts, or other goods. Ancient furoshiki was made of natural materials, but Modern furoshiki can be made of a variety of cloth, including silk, cotton, rayon, and nylon.

The “Furoshiki” name means “bath spread”.

The origins of furoshiki date back to the Nara period (710 – 794 AD). It was used to wrap clothes at the Shosoin (a structure at the Todai temple in Nara, Japan).

In the Heian period (794-1185 AD), furoshiki was known as hirazutsumi, or a “flat folded bundle”.

In the Muromachi period (1338-1573), Shogun Ashikaga built a great bathhouse. It was a kind of steam bath with straw mats, wood, or cloth on the floor. The invited feudal lords used silk cloth that had been printed with their family crests’ to hold their clothes. These were used in order to keep each lord’s clothes separate and as a mat, after they finished bathing.

In Edo period (1603-1868) as public bathhouses became popular, the Furoshiki was used for spreading on the floor while undressing and for wrapping bathing articles and clothes to carry.

Furoshiki wrapped wine bottle and package

Furoshiki wrapped wine bottle and package

During this period, furoshiki became wildly popular among all social classes.
When cities developed, merchants used the furoshiki more and more to transport goods. Their merit was that they could wrap and carry any type of shape of goods.

Today, the Furoshiki has been replaced by modern bags and has lost its popularity as an everyday item.

It seems to be making a comeback though, and is very often given as a gift.

The furoshiki is an essential tool in daily life, often used instead of a plastic bag, or for storing articles, or for other domestic uses. It is not only used for wrapping but also as a tablecloth, a wall decoration, a fashion accessory, a wine bottle holder or drapes, etc.

This wrapping cloth is both useful and beautiful.

Here are a few basic examples of Furoshiki techniques:

Mamusubi Furoshiki project at TinyShiny.com

Mamusubi Furoshiki project


Mamusubi

This is a basic method for tying Furoshiki cloths together.

Go to the Mamusubi illustrated project page

Learn how to Untie Mamusubi

Furoshiki Instant Bag

Furoshiki Instant Bag


Instant Bag

This is very easy to make and very practical for carrying any kind of object. It is also eco-friendly.
Follow the link below for diagrams and instructions.

Go to the Instant Bag Furoshiki Project page

Furoshiki Tissue Box Wrap

Furoshiki Tissue Box Wrap


Furoshiki Tissue Box

This is easy to make and makes your tissue boxes look more elegant.

Go to the Furoshiki Tissue Box Wrap Project page

 

 

Blue Sakura Furoshiki Cloth

Blue Sakura Furoshiki Cloth

Pink Sakura Furoshiki Cloth

Pink Sakura Furoshiki Cloth

Tanzaku Furoshiki Cloth

Tanzaku Furoshiki
Cloth

Chili pattern Furoshiki

Chili pattern Furoshiki Cloth


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Origami Candy Earrings

By , February 4, 2009 1:26 pm
Origami Candy Earrings at TinyShiny.com

Origami Candy Earrings at TinyShiny.com

Here is a new design for Origami Candy Earrings I just put up on TinyShiny.com.

I call them candy because they remind me of Japanese candy.
I wanted to make a new Origami design and I remembered this object.

When I was kid, I used to make these candy shaped objects a lot with my mother, just for fun. I hadn’t made them so long time but somehow I still remembered how to fold them.

I decided the size would 12mm long, they are similar in size to my other origami earring designs.
All my origami earrings are tiny. So they don’t bother you, when you’re wearing them.

 

Origami Earrings Background

I created my first origami earrings in 1995. I wanted to make something special for my friends. I thought something Japanese would be suitable.

Origami Crane Earrings at TinyShiny.com

Origami Crane Earrings at TinyShiny.com

I had Origami paper and beads. So I decided to try making jewelry with the materials I had. I experimented with many different forms.

Finally, I came up the Crane and Fish Earrings. I like small things so I tried to make them as small as possible. This is how I came to create my Origami Crane and Fish Earrings.

At first, I didn’t think I could sell them because they were made of paper. But my friends told me they loved my earrings and they wanted me to make more.

Some of my friends are still wearing them today. That why I am still making Tiny Origami Earrings.

You can check out my Free Origami Projects with illustrated diagrams of classic origami shapes.