Origami Goldfish (Design by Michael LaFosse)

by Ancella on August 2, 2009

in Sea Creatures

Origami Goldfish (Design by Michael LaFosse)

Origami Goldfish (Design by Michael LaFosse)

This particular goldfish design is from the book – Advanced Origami: An Artist’s Guide to Performances in Paper – by Michael LaFosse. It’s intermediate in nature and not for the beginners in the art of Origami. This model incorporates the ‘wet folding’ technique, rabbit ears and reverse folds in it.

If you are a beginner and are interested in folding pretty fish, you can try your hands at folding this simple, easy to follow video on folding Origami fish.

Folding this model:

I used a 8 1/4 inch duo colored origami paper for this model and wet folded it towards the end in order to shape it up a bit. I think using ‘Washi Paper‘ or other Asian made papers would make it a lot easier to fold, especially when it comes to shaping this model. This is because even if you try wet folding common origami paper, it tends to tear with the moisture.

It took me about half an hour approx to fold this model and another 15 mins to shape it.

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Larry Gould November 6, 2009 at 11:53 AM

I have folded this model by Michael LaFosse with regular paper and not wet fold, and it still came out great! Super model design, as are all of Michael’s models. His book provides the basic folding instructions, but the shaping and breathing life into the model only comes from practice. Thank you Michael for all of your fine models – your instructions are easy to follow, well diagrammed, and fully explained.

Stephen Hanson May 24, 2011 at 2:39 PM

Hello,
Your goldfish is wonderful. I have folded this before but it has been many years. I find myself having trouble with step six. Any advice? Thank you!

Ancella May 29, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Hello Stephen,

Thank you for writing in. In step # 6, form angle bisector valley folds (the dotted lines you see in the diagram) as shown. Using these valley folds, now, fold the bottom points (2 of them) upwards to get the model looking like what you see in step # 7. When you make the valley folds, the bottom points will start to rise up, anyway. So you are just going to help them along. The valley folds will be additional folds in between the layers. I hope this helps!

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