This post comes after a hiatus of 2 weeks, I guess. I was up in Indy with my fiancé for the Indiana State Fair and The King Tut Exhibition the weekend before last, and had a great time. I even managed to see a Pygmy Goat show where ribbons were given out to the 3 best pygmy goats based on certain criteria. Those goats are really cute little things!
It was the first time I had seen a horse up close at the fair, too. I couldn’t believe that the horses (at the fair) had their own bathrooms…complete with showers!! Another animal on display there (literally on display) was the world’s second largest boar. Boy, was he huge and lazy!
Given the fact that I had an overdose of farm animals at the fair, I chose this model of a horse by David Brill to fold this weekend. What also got me interested is the fact that you start to fold this model from an equilateral triangle instead of a square sheet of paper.
Paper to use:
You can use any large sized origami paper to start off with. However, since you need to cut it down into an equilateral triangle, I thought I’d use specialty wrapping paper instead. This particular variety I bought is pretty fine and has a subtle geometric design giving it a sheen on one side. I purchased this wrapping paper from my local CVS pharmacy; it is sold by the american greeting company.
I cut out a 12 inch or 30 mm sized square from this wrapping paper roll and then cut it down into an equilateral triangle from this. It is advised that you start off with a similar sized (or larger) sheet of paper, because there are a lot of folds involved and the final model is about 1/3rd the size of the square paper u initially had.
How to fold this model:
David Brill’s website has a PDF diagram available to help people like you and me fold this brilliant model. You can also find a link to this PDF file in the ‘Diagrams section in this site. Sara Adams has obtained the permission and recorded a great instructional video on this design, too. She has explained the steps really well and the video can be followed easily.
However, it should be noted here that this is an intermediate model and can be really really tricky for absolute beginners. If you are pretty new to origami, it would do good for you to dabble in folding other simpler designs prior to attempting this one.
A lot of effort goes into shaping this particular model and if you follow the tips suggested by Sara or use your imagination, you will be able to come up with a magnificent model yourself.