Origami Spirals! (Designs by Tomoko Fuse & Jeff Beynon)

by Ancella on August 8, 2009

in Human forms and Objects

Origami Spiral (Design by Jeff Beynon)

Origami Spiral (Design by Jeff Beynon)

Origami Spirals (Designs by Tomoko Fuse)

Origami Spirals (Designs by Tomoko Fuse)

I decided to experiment with spirals this week and chose 2 designs to fold. One of these were simple spirals folded out of strips of paper and the other was the well known ‘Spring into action’ origami which I folded from an A4 sized printer paper (re-sized).

Origami Spirals (Tomoko Fuse’s)

As you can see from the image accompanying this post, I used duo colored construction paper which were actually remnants from earlier origami projects! 🙂 I started out by thinking I would experiment with the folds first and then go on to fold longer spirals. But then, these started coming out decently well on my first try itself… so I decided to make multiple spirals from the same remnant paper bits. 😀

The paper I used here measures 9 inches by 3 inches. You can variate the size of the paper for this particular design as long as you keep it rectangular at a 1:3 (breadth: length) ratio, in my opinion.

‘Spring into action’ origami (Jeff Beynon’s):

For this, I used an A4 sized paper (11 inches by 8.5 inches), of which, I trimmed the breadth to 5.875 inches (length remaining the same). I did struggle a lot to divide this ‘now re-sized’ sheet into 12 parts horizontally and then into 6 parts vertically. Once I got this part done properly, it became a real hassle to twist the folds to form this spiral. I daresay, it will be sometime before I attempt to fold this particular design again! 😛

How to fold this model:
Barbabellatje has uploaded a very good video on YouTube depicting the steps in folding the ‘Spiring into action’ Origami spiral.

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Manshu August 9, 2009 at 8:18 AM

The white over black spiral is really cool. It looks straight out an oriental movie. Very crisp and nicely done.

Ancella August 9, 2009 at 10:05 AM

Thanks Manshu! 🙂 It was quite a hassle to fold it, though!

Batsheva Gillat November 22, 2011 at 7:18 PM

Where can I buy the Book of Spirals by Tomoko Fuse?

Ancella November 22, 2011 at 7:44 PM

I think the book – Spirals Vol 1 & 2 by Tomo Fuse – is now out of print. I couldn’t find any of the popular sites which sold it online. For this ‘Spring into Action’ origami, I followed the instructional video itself.

Nick June 4, 2014 at 9:54 PM

@Batsheva – Since 2011, have you managed to discover the revised version of TF’s Spiral Origami book?

You can actually get it here: I pasted the link for you as I have ordered a copy for myself.

It’s a treasure!

They are soon to get more in stock:


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