Braided Paper (Design by J.C. Nolan) – Happy Birthday America!

Braided Paper (Design by J.C. Nolan)
Happy Birthday America!

I did some folding today – being a holiday and thought of putting something extra in terms of decoration to mark the occasion. It’s a very hot day here, today, and I ended up spending the holiday at home, folding and watching T.V.

This is one of the designs from the book ‘Creating Origami’ which is being re-released this year by J.C. Nolan. It consists of essays and notes on inspirations, designs and diagramming as well as long lost diagrams from Patricia Crawford, Fred Rohm and J.C. Nolan himself.

This re-print was made possible largely due to the online fund backing project initiated by J.C. Nolan a few months ago. It had an overwhelming response and he is now working on getting the books published and sent out to everyone.

Folding J.C. Nolan’s Braided Paper design:
This is a intermediate level design and has a few sinks and pleats involved. The number of steps are 18 in all, and the instructions are clear and detailed. The best paper to use for this design is translucent paper or maybe glassine as you should be able to see the ‘layers’ in the design. The paper I used is translucent paper from Nicolas Terry’s Origami-Shop. In fact, I made use of the samples of paper which he sends with every purchase made. Those come in real handy, I tell you.

Diagrams / Instructions:
The diagrams to this design is available in the book – Creating Origami – but is also available online.

Red, White and Blue stars:
This bit of decoration is quite easy to make and involves, colored paper, scissors and a ruler. I used 3 sheets of paper, each of a color – red, blue and white. These have to be cut into a rectangular shape and then folded as per the instructions.

As I wanted each of these to ‘fit in’ the earlier star cut out, I changed the measurements when cutting out the blue and white rectangles – the white rectangle measures 2 inches less than the red one; the blue rectangle I cut 2 inches less than the white one. This way I was able to cut progressively smaller stars to fit the overall design.

Another Shuzo Fujimoto Tessellation

Tessellation (Shuzo Fujimoto)
Tessellation (Shuzo Fujimoto)

It’s been some time since I folded and I haven’t really got into the routine of folding. I tried out this tessellation by none other than the master Shuzo Fujimoto and I quite like the way it has turned out.

There is a lot of pre-creasing required and which is expected with folding a tessellation. However, once you get the hang of the technique, its gets done pretty quickly.


Paper to use:

I have used a 15cm square sheet of Kami for my rendition – single side colored.  This design took me about an hour and a half to fold, but thats only because I had to reopen and fold the whole thing whilst I was half way through because of a mistake.

You can try folding this design with Tant, Tissue Foil or any other paper which is not too thick – this is because of the layers of folds which are generally associated with tessellations.


How to fold this design:

While no instructional video or freely available diagram exists for this model, you can nevertheless get the diagrams from the book  – Hortensia Origami –  which you can buy from Nicolas Terry’s Origami Shop.

Double Star Puff Pyramid (Design by Robin Scholz)

Double Star Puff Pyramid (Design by Robin Scholz) - Top View
Double Star Puff Pyramid (Design by Robin Scholz) - Top View

This is a design I folded today after getting back from work. This is a design by Robin Scholz which has a nice and interesting folding sequence. The end result is a dainty star puff which you can also tweak to have variations.

My attempt of this design is in tant paper measuring approx 9 inches in size, which I have cut into a Hexagon. This is double colored green on both sides. There are two versions of the diagrams made available by Robin – one which is a condensed version and the other a more elaborate sequence which can be followed much more easily. You can find both here.

How to cut a Hexagon from a square or rectangular piece of paper:
Based on your choice and size of paper, you should be able to follow Sara Adams’ helpful video on cutting a hexagon shaped paper.

Floral Perpetua (Design by Dasa Severova)

Floral Perpetua (Design by Dasa Severova) - Backlit
Floral Perpetua (Design by Dasa Severova) - Backlit

A few weeks ago, Dasa Severova designed a very pretty Perpetua flower design; what’s more is that she also took the pains to take a series of photo diagrams of the folding sequence and share it with everyone.

This floral design is indeed very pretty and if you are at ease with squash folds, and multiple collapses of paper, you should be fine.

Paper to use:
For my rendition, I have used duo colored tant paper measuring 35 cms in size. You can choose to fold this design with Kami paper, tissue foil or any paper you like. Paper measuring a minimum of 9 – 10 inches should be used as this design has a series of folds which will become quite tough if you fold it using a small sheet of paper to begin with.

Floral Perpetua (Design by Dasa Severova)
Floral Perpetua (Design by Dasa Severova)

From the square, you will have to cut out an Octagon, which is what you will begin your folding with. When starting to fold, in case you are using single-side colored paper, remember to start with the colored side facing you / upwards.

The completed model of mine measures approximately 9 inches in size.

How to fold the Floral Perpetua:
Dasa Severova has generously shared the instructional album on Flickr. She has demonstrated 3 levels of collapsing / folding and she does mention that you can increase this number if you feel like it. Tips on variations are also provided by her in the folding sequence.

Have a great week ahead!

Origami Rosette (Design by Tomoko Fuse)

Origami Rosette (Design by Tomoko Fuse)
Origami Rosette (Design by Tomoko Fuse)

This book – Origami Flowers Patterns – is the latest addition in my Origami Library and though I received it last week, I only got around to selecting a model to fold from this book, today.

None of the designs in the book have any special names, but this particular rosette, is one of the prettiest. I don’t think I did justice to it with the Kami paper I chose to fold it with, but nonetheless, I thought of posting it anyway.

This is my first fold of this particular model. Most of the designs in this book are intermediate requiring a lot of pre-creasing and collapsing to form the petals of the flowers. Another thing about these flowers is that all of them (except 1) are from a single sheet of paper. This book has 41 designs in all accompanied with step-by-step instructions.

Paper to use:
I think Kami paper is not a good option for these rosettes as it just doesn’t make the finished model look delicate and exquisite enough. I would try to fold my next rosette with glassine or any other thinner / delicate paper (such as tissue paper) in order to be able to back-light the model at the end, too.

This rendition of mine was folded from an octagon cut out of a 9 inch square sheet of single side colored kami paper. The end result is a model measuring approx 4.5 inches across.

How to fold this model:
The diagrams to this model are available in Tomoko Fuse’s book – Origami Flowers Patterns. Since all of the models in this book start with a octagon, you will be able to find the instructions for cutting an Octagon out of a square sheet of paper in Sara Adams’ blog.