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Alexander Aztec butterfly (Design by Michael LaFosse)

Alexander Aztec butterfly (Design by Michael LaFosse)

by Ancella on May 17, 2009

in Birds & Butterflies

Alexander Aztec butterfly (Design by Michael LaFosse)

Alexander Aztec butterfly (Design by Michael LaFosse)

This is yet another butterfly design from Michael LaFosse’s origami book – Origami Butterflies.

This book has 15 models to choose from and also included in it, is a section about the system designed for these butterflies, which can also be used to create one’s own designs. There is a very good book review on this book here – Michael G. LaFosse’s Origami Butterflies.

I was able to fold this model in about 20 minutes and this time includes the styling of the lower wings of the butterfly as well as other adjustments.

What kind of paper to use:

Since these models require that a bit of styling or paper flexibility is required, it is advisable to use origami paper itself which is thin and can be formed or bent and folded easily. I haven’t tried using any other kind of paper for these models.

Size and color of paper to use:

You need a square sheet of paper which can be colored differently on both sides or it could be ‘blank’ or white on one of the sides. Contrasting colors or bright colors would go really well for this particular design. This is because, if you notice, you need a contrasting color to match for the ‘zig-zag’ pattern on the wings. 2 contrasting colors, I felt, would make a better combination instead of the usual white and bright color. This model has been folded from a 9” sheet of origami paper – Large Origami Paper.

How to fold this model:

elsix2006 has uploaded an instructional video on youtube.

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