This particular design has been on my to-do list for quite a while, now and what better time to fold it than February when most people are head over heels in sending out Valentine’s.
As with any design of Robert Lang, this is a great design with remarkable detail and incorporates precise folds and even color changes. I enjoyed folding this and this is, in fact, my first fold of the model.
Paper to use:
The best paper to use for this would probably be duo-colored tissue foil or even if you want to paste a contrasting colored sheet of paper to red unryu, it would make a nice sheet to fold. I haven’t tried any of these, but I would definitely think of these options the next time I fold this.
Since this was my first fold, I used common Kami paper measuring 9 inches in size, which wasn’t duo-colored unfortunately. The folding sequence involves reverse folds and small sinks ate the end in order to hold the heart together or flat, rather.
I folded a simple design today after a long break from folding. I have been side tracked with work and a lot of other things going on which kept me quite busy.
This particular design has been quite popular on Facebook, especially, with both the designer and other folders creating lovely patterns and incorporating fancy add-ons such as tassels, beads and strings to their designs.
One point worth mentioning about this design is that it is difficult to incorporate some of the folds – especially int he ‘petals’ area – if the paper you have is too thick. The thick craft paper you get in the supermarkets may not be a good choice for this at all.
Paper to use:
This floral pattern can be folded from any kind of paper, especially if the paper itself has a pretty pattern. Wrapping paper, kami paper is a good choice for this design. The minimum size of paper sheet required is approx 15 cm. 2 sheets of paper are required which you will then have to cut into 6 strips of equal length (i.e. 3 strips out of a single sheet). Pasting a thin sheet of paper such as tissue paper on the back side of this patterned paper will give the completed model a nice contrasting look.
How to fold a Florucha:
Isa Klein of Diagramas & Cia has taken the effort to create and record instructions on folding this prety design. She also demonstrates, in her instructional video, on how to attach the glass bead at the center, a tassel and string in order to make this a hanging ornament or as a gift.
It was my good friend’s birthday this month and I knew had to get her something really special for it. I remembered she always mentioned this particular design and how much she liked it whenever the talk of Origami or other hobbies came up. So, I decided to fold Neal Elias’ the Last Waltz for her as a gift.
This is a design I had first folded some two years ago. It was a challenging model at that time as I had only just started folding slightly complex designs and this was my first box pleat based model, too.
This time around however, I didn’t use kraft paper but instead chose a fine printed paper which was very similar to Lokta and pasted a sheet of a dull gold tissue foil paper in order to get the duo-colored effect. It was also a lot easier to fold the second time around.
Paper to use:
Since I wanted that the completed model be at least some 6 inches in height, I cut out sheets measuring 12″ X 36″ approximately. After pasting and allowing the paper to set, it took me about 3.5 hours to fold this model with an additional half an hour to properly shape the hair, the skirt and the arms.
I really enjoyed folding this model once again and am glad that I chose a prettier paper this time around to take advantage of the color change effect.
How to fold Neal Elias’ The Last Waltz:
Sara Adams has recorded a really good instructional video on this design – it’s 5 videos long but she explains all the steps, including the Elias stretch and that ‘oh-so-tricky’ fold for the groom’s legs really well.
Oh, and my friend loved the gift, in the end and was really happy with it. Here are some pics from her Birthday, too – with the gift.
With the excitement of the Summer Games in the air, I have been thinking for quite a while on folding some Olympic themed designs. So, fiddling around with paper over the last few days, I came up with this sequence to fold modular units – interlocking them to form rings. What better way to pay [...]
This is a design I folded a few days ago – H.T. Quyet’s pretty butterfly – out of Nicolas Terry’s Tissue foil backed with thin tissue paper for the duo-colored effect. It is an intermediate level design which has a few sinks involved in the folding process along with shaping the model at the end [...]