Violin (Design by Gen Hagiwara)

Violin (Design by Gen Hagiwara)

This design is a good example of the box pleating technique and is a fantastic model to fold, resulting in a stunning outcome. A complex design which requires glue to hold the neck in place, I found this one enjoyable to fold. There is a violin bow designed by Paulius Mielinis which complements this Violin. However, I am not aware if the diagrams or crease pattern have been published for it.

The most amazing part of this model is the attention to detail. It has everything from the scroll, peg box and pegs to the f-holes on the body of the instrument. I am amazed with the level of thought which has been put into designing this model by Gen Hagiwara – it is truly mind blowing. While a major portion of the folding sequence, in the beginning, is the pre-creasing to fold the basic Violin shape, the folding sequence quickly transitions to shaping the model to make it aesthetically realistic. The part which requires a lot of patience and dexterity is the neck of the violin, which includes the peg box and pegs. This portion took the longest time for me to fold. To make the scroll at the end of the neck, I used a bit of water to wet and then roll in. I have clicked a few pictures from different angles hoping to capture the complexity and beauty of this design.

Violin’s Peg box Details

The diagrams to this design can be found in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #143 (which you can back order from Japan Origami Academic Society at the time of writing this post) and you can also check out JM Origami tutorial for this. I used double tissue paper to fold this Violin – a single sheet each of brown and black tissue paper stuck together using MC. I then cut the prepared paper to the 1:4 ratio which is needed to start folding. To shape the violin, I used clips to hold the curves and folds in place and kept it overnight to set. The paper I used was Darice 100-Piece Premium Quality Tissue Gift Wrapping Paper and I used Lineco Methyl Cellulose Adhesive to prepare the double tissue paper.

Violin’s Side View

Inoshishigami – The Divine Boar (Design by Satoshi Kamiya)

Inoshishigami – The Divine Boar (Design by Satoshi Kamiya)

I found this to be a challenging model to fold given the multiple delicate pre-creases. For this model, taken from Satoshi Kamiya’s first book of origami diagrams – Works of Satoshi KAMIYA. I used 2 sheets of tissue paper, which I stuck together using methyl cellulose.

This was the first time I prepared paper using MC and I was quite happy with the outcome. I used a 3 inch brush to apply the MC paste across the tissue paper and kept the papers to dry for a couple of days before I started folding this model. The paper is still thin and delicate, which made the initial pre-creasing a bit difficult for me. However, given the multiple layers involved in this design, especially for the limbs and the ‘pleats’ on the boar’s back, I would still recommend a thin paper. Once you prepare the MC mixture, if you have any remaining after preparing your double tissue paper, you can store it for your next use.

This is my first fold of this model and it took me about 2 weeks to complete it since I work on it only at nights for a few hours. I wanted to try preparing my own paper for complex models and folding Satoshi Kamiya’s Divine boar gave me the opportunity to test it with intricate folds. I liked the outcome of my first fold and enjoyed folding this design. The paper I used was Darice 100-Piece Premium Quality Tissue Gift Wrapping Paper and I used Lineco Methyl Cellulose Adhesive to paste two of these tissue papers together. The size of the paper I used was a square sheet measuring 20 inches. The size of the finished model is approximately 5 inches by 8 inches.

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Instructions to prepare double tissue paper:
Sara Adams of HappyFolding has created a detailed video on preparing double tissue paper. I found this easy to follow and clear with instructions.

How to Fold Satoshi Kamiya’s Divine Boar:
The diagrams to this model can be found in Works of Satoshi KAMIYA. Mariano Zavala has created a fantastic instructional video for this model, too. I have used it as a reference for some of the tricky folds for this model and found it to be very helpful. He has painstakingly explained the intricate folds and is very clear in showing the steps. It is a 2 part instructional video which you can find on his YouTube channel.

Wizard (Design by Hojyo Takashi)

Wizard (Design by Hojyo Takashi)
Wizard (Design by Hojyo Takashi)

This is a design I started folding three weekends ago and completed today, folding about 2-3 hours each weekend. I have folded this model before using Kami paper and I wanted to try it again using a better variety of paper. My first thought was to go for a duo colored tissue foil paper however, I saw this particular kind in the local paper shop here in Brussels which had a different texture and I thought I would give it a try. I quite like the outcome and I think it’s come out much better than the kami version.

This model is quite complex to fold and there were times, especially on steps 75 – 80 where I found myself opening up and re-folding the creases multiple times. It’s been a long time since I picked up a complex model to fold and I quite enjoyed folding this model. I think the maroon color of the paper combined with the beige gives the model a good look overall and I am very glad that I chose this color combination to fold this amazing model with.

Paper to use:
One can use regular kami or any thin paper which is colored differently on each side (duo colored) to fold this model. Thicker paper such as copy paper would make it difficult to hold the layers of folds especially for the wizard’s staff and therefore is not a good choice.

How to fold the model:
The diagrams for this model are in the Origami Tanteidan Magazine No. 109 which can be purchased from Japan Origami Society or from Origami-shop.com when available.

My earlier redition of this fold can be found here, which is folded with regular single side colored Kami paper. As you can see, shaping the wizard’s beard is not very easy using kami paper. I like the paper I have used today to fold the model simply because it is slightly thicker than kami and with the maroon and beige combination, it gives the wizard a very striking look.

The Last Waltz (Design by Neal Elias)

The Last Waltz (Design by Neal Elias)
The Last Waltz (Design by Neal Elias)

It was my good friend’s birthday this month and I knew had to get her something really special for it. I remembered she always mentioned this particular design and how much she liked it whenever the talk of Origami or other hobbies came up. So, I decided to fold Neal Elias’ the Last Waltz for her as a gift.

This is a design I had first folded some two years ago. It was a challenging model at that time as I had only just started folding slightly complex designs and this was my first box pleat based model, too.

This time around however, I didn’t use kraft paper but instead chose a fine printed paper which was very similar to Lokta and pasted a sheet of a dull gold tissue foil paper in order to get the duo-colored effect. It was also a lot easier to fold the second time around. 🙂

Paper to use:
Since I wanted that the completed model be at least some 6 inches in height, I cut out sheets measuring 12″ X 36″ approximately. After pasting and allowing the paper to set, it took me about 3.5 hours to fold this model with an additional half an hour to properly shape the hair, the skirt and the arms.

I really enjoyed folding this model once again and am glad that I chose a prettier paper this time around to take advantage of the color change effect.

How to fold Neal Elias’ The Last Waltz:
Sara Adams has recorded a really good instructional video on this design – it’s 5 videos long but she explains all the steps, including the Elias stretch and that ‘oh-so-tricky’ fold for the groom’s legs really well.

Oh, and my friend loved the gift, in the end and was really happy with it. Here are some pics from her Birthday, too – with the gift. 😀

The Birthday Girl - Nisha
The Birthday Girl - Nisha
The Birthday Girl & Me
The Birthday Girl & Me

Veiltail Angelfish (Design by Satoshi Kamiya)

Veiltail Angelfish (Design by Satoshi Kamiya)
Satoshi Kamiya's Veiltail Angelfish

This is a design which has been on my Origami To-Do list for quite some time, now. I have been putting it off for as long as I can remember because I know that I usually sit with complex models for a really long time to complete them.

This took me 4 hours over 2 Sundays to complete it – not folding it continuously. There are 114 steps in all, not counting the repeats – and this is where, I daresay, I got side-tracked and delayed the completion of it.

Pack Tissue-foil Papers - 24 sheets - 30x30cm (11.8

Paper to use:
This model is best folded with pliable, thin paper because of the numerous layers and folding techniques involved. I have folded my rendition in Metallic Foil paper which I purchased from Nicolas Terry’s Origami-shop.com – Pack Tissue-foil Papers – 24 sheets – 30x30cm (11.8″x11.8″) – measuring 30 cms in size, single side colored. I found it easy to fold and shape the model (note the ‘pleating’ for the fins) in the end with this paper.

How to Fold the Veiltail Angelfish:
The diagrams to this amazing design are in the Tanteidan Magazine # 120 which you can back order from Japan Origami Society as well as in Origami Works of Satoshi Kamiya 3. This is a complex design to fold and is not for beginners and those who are not experienced in folding sinks, collapses and other complicated folds / techniques.

The end result is really pretty and will make a nice show piece on your Origami shelf. I enjoyed folding this model, even though there were a lot of repetitions involved in the process. The ending steps for shaping the design is the main part of the folding process which gives this fish a very delicate characteristic.