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The Blintzed Bird Base Kusudama
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the origami design which I call the Blintz Bird Base kusudama. Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other information that should be added. Thank you.

Diagrams for the Blintzed Bird Base Kusudama, here called a 'Japanese Ornamental Ball', appear in Margaret Campbell's 'Paper Toy Making', which was published by Sir Isaac Pitman and Sons Ltd in London, probably in 1937, although both the Foreword and Preface are dated 1936, which argues that the book was complete at that date.

According to the text 'The Japanese make six of these (blintzed bird bases), and sew them together at the points until a complete ball is made. ... A coloured bead finishes off each corner.'