Origami Jewelry

A renowned origami artist provides everything readers need to create gorgeous pieces of jewelry based on traditional Japanese paper folding designs.

With detailed instructions and vivid, four-color photos, Ayako Brodek shows readers how to make forty elegant and unusual pieces of jewelry – from brooches and necklaces to earrings and hair ornaments. Each project includes a list of materials, illustrated step-by-step folding and finishing instructions, a color photo of the completed piece, and suggested color variations, paper designs, and embellishments to make each piece exciting and unique.

The book opens with sections on choosing paper, equipment, basic folds and bases, and making the piece that then becomes the building block for all the modular and beaded origami jewelry designs that follow. There is a section on finishing techniques, followed by the main part of the book, the Directory, which is organized by season and motif:

  • Spring: Rose brooch, barrette, earrings; Butterfly brooch, hairpin, bracelet,earrings; Flower bouquet brooch; etc.
  • Summer: Fish brooch, earrings; Sunburst brooch and earrings; Seashell brooch, necklace, earrings; etc.
  • Fall: Leaf brooch, earrings; Shades of fall necklace, earrings; Pumpkin brooch; Pinecone necklace, earrings, etc.
  • Winter: Tree brooch, earrings, pin; Star brooch. earrings; Festive foil beadedneckace, earrings; Wreath brooch; etc.

Brodek also includes a section of Traditional Japanese Designs, where readers will find favorites like the crane, kimono, samurai helmet, fan, and flowers. Each project is coded by skill level, so even novice folders can successfully complete the projects.