Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Recommended age: 7 year-old ++
Who would love this: Older kids/ adults who would love to learn and get to know more about the unique folding arts
Creagami from CreativaMente is one of the coolest craft kits I have ever seen. It makes a highly complex art into a possibility for origami beginners. Today, I’m going to share about “Creagami - Butterfly” set (kindly gifted by Divisible by Zero ).
Why I love ❤️ it:
(1) Easy Starter Kit - If you would love to test out Creagami and have a taste of the beauty of this Japanese modular origami, this “butterfly” set is a great starter kit! This is an “easy” version and took me around an hour to complete. The set includes sheets (black, white and yellow) with perforated lines that can be separated into numerous individual pieces. Each piece has pre-scored lines to assist us to fold the paper into modular units. To make this mini butterfly, we need 114 units. Sounds intimidating? Fear not. It’s surprisingly simple to fold the basic unit (it took us probably 3 seconds or less to complete one module). You can learn the quick folding steps from the included illustrated guide, or from a YouTube video (simply scan the QR Code to access).
(2) Unique Folding & Integrating Techniques - Once the units are completed, the exciting stage begins! It’s time to assemble the modules using various integration techniques, to form a 3D butterfly with beautiful details and symmetrical patterns! I find the assembling process therapeutic, calming, and very satisfying! I love the step-by-step online tutorial that guides us through the entire process. I would recommend that you first familiarise yourself with the basic “types of joints” from the illustrated guide before starting the combining process. Once you have learnt the differences between the various joint techniques (normal, inverted, insert, empty pocket etc), it’s a breeze to complete the steps. The outcome is pretty impressive (despite a few mistakes on my part). I love that no glue is required for this craft - if you make a mistake, just remove the units from the slots and start again!
(3) Beautiful Quality - I love the unique interlocking system, the sturdiness, and that tension created by the integration. The product is made in Italy, and is nicely packaged in a flat cardboard box. This is an ingenious paper engineering in its finest form.
# gifted in exchange for review
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