Links: Sparrow CP, Fox Diagrams, new VOG and JOAS Tanteidan # 17

Fox (Designed and folded by Hoàng Tiến Quyết)
Fox (Designed & folded by Hoàng Tiến Quyết)

I haven’t posted in a while even though I have started folding a few models. I have got stuck in the same rut of starting to fold designs but not coming around to finishing them… sigh!

These are a few diagrams and books which have been released in the last few weeks and which can be accessed or downloaded with the generous permission of the authors and designers.

Origami Fox – This is probably one of the popular and well known diagrams of Hoàng Tiến Quyết – his origami Fox. The diagrams are intermediate by nature and are also available in The Fold (OrigamiUSA’s Online magazine). However, for those of you who are not members, you can refer to the diagrams on the Vietnam Origami Group site.

Sparrow (CP) – For those of you who simply love a challenge, you can give this Crease Pattern a try – Kade Chan’s Sparrow – which he has generously shared on his Flickr profile. It uses the box pleating technique and Kade Chan‘s version has been folded from a square piece of paper measuring 25 cms. The finished model is approx 10 cms in all.

The Original Works of Alex Kimball

New papers and Books – Nicolas Terry has been stocking up his origami store with a wide variety of paper and articles in the last few weeks. As many of you will already know, he has got a good stash of Origamido papers of varying colors which can be purchased online only through his website.

Another new arrival in his store is – The Original Works of Alex Kimball – which was released recently. This is a collection on hand drawn diagrams of Black Bear (also on the cover page), Hammerhead Shark, Pelican, Rabbit, Springbok, Gorilla, Lynx and lastly ‘Bird in Flight’. I have never folded any of Alex’s designs but based on the models in this book, his folding sequence looks like fun and challenging, too.

JOAS Tanteidan # 17 – The latest JOAS Tanteidan – Tanteidan #17 – is also available for pre-order. There is no news as to the model list which will be published in this edition. But being the Tanteidan Magazine, it will be worthwhile to get your hands on this book while stocks last. The tentative date for availability on Origami-Shop is August 26th 2011; there are 50 models expected to be included in this book of complex level of difficulty.

This edition is sure to bring a lot of challenging designs to readers and as usual, it is a highly anticipated book with a ‘must-have’ tag attached to it. There will be a mix of diagrams and crease Patterns as with all other Tanteidan Books. However, since it is a Tanteidan Book, the models / designs in this book will undoubtedly be higher intermediate to complex and therefore will be ideal for experienced folders.

For those of you who are eagerly waiting for the model list, it should be declared sometime around the JOAS Convention which is August 13 – 14.

VOG’s Origami book – There is another book, the compilation of which is currently in progress, and which is sure to make the list of many origamists’ shopping lists out there – #5 VOG – 50hrs Origami – by the Vietnam Origami Group. If you are a member or a regular visitor to their forum, you would know that there are many gifted origamists in that group. A lot of the designs are challenging and very complex in nature. Some of the designers also share the diagrams to their designs freely through the forum.

This book is a collection of models ranging from animals, fantasy characters, flowers and more. So far it has been revealed that there will be just one insect in this book and there will be no pre-order option. Nicolas Terry has promised that his store will carry a large stock of it, so there will always be a chance to buy it without having to wait for it to be re-stocked.

Included in this book are diagrams to 29 models ranging from simple to super complex and 4 Crease Patterns. The tentative date of publication is Fall 2011 and the language medium will be French and English.

Sheep (Design by Hideo Komatsu)

Sheep (Design by Hideo Komatsu)
Sheep (Design by Hideo Komatsu)

This weekend I chose to fold Hideo Komatsu’s Sheep, the diagrams of which are available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine # 105. If you are interested in folding this model from a CP, you can find the CP in Origami Tanteidan Magazine # 93.

There are 112 steps in all and this model can be categorized as Complex in the level of difficulty. I used a 9 inch square sheet of Tissue fur backed with natural fur paper on one side. Both of which, I have purchased from Nicolas Terry’s origami shop, not long ago.

For the duo colored paper, I came up with a new idea this time around. I ‘recycled’ an old origami model – Román Díaz’s Oveja – to use for Hideo Komatsu’s model. What I did was to open up Román Díaz’s model, which was folded out of black colored (both sides) natural fur paper, straighten out the creases by hand and then, by placing a handkerchief over it, iron it out to smoothen the sheet. I must say this turned out pretty well and I guess it can only be done for sheets which are used for simple models. I then pasted this, using common glue, to the back of the ivory colored tissue fur paper.

This looked great when finished even though the glue took some time to dry up. Overall, I am pleased with the way the model turned out, except for the Sheep’s face – for which the paper became too thick to make any distinct folds.

How to fold this model:
JM Origami Tutorials has got a nice video on the folding sequence on his YouTube channel.

Chef Rat and Spoon (Design by Nguyen Hung Cuong)

Chef Rat and Spoon
Chef Rat and Spoon

This is a design inspired by the animated film Ratatouille, I suppose. 🙂 This model has been designed and diagrammed by Nguyen Hung Cuong in 2008. The diagrams for this model is available in OUSA Convention book 2008 whereas the CP for this model is available on Origami Artists.

This is my first fold using the CP and following the instructions in OUSA 2008. I started out with the CP and then used the diagrams as a guide to complete the folding process. I know this is a round about method, but I was too lazy to do either one alone.

Paper to use:
I used a square sheet of copy paper measuring approx 7 inches in size. The finished model came out to be not more than 4.5 inches so I think a larger sized paper would yield better results.

How to fold the model:
Diagrams to this model are available in OUSA 2008 convention book whereas the CP is available for download on
Nguyen Hung Cuong’s Page on Origami Artists. The instructions for the spoon are only available in OUSA 2008 convention book.

Mariano Zavala also has a detailed tutorial on folding this model. It is a multi-part video series, so please take a look at this YouTube channel.

I like the way the model is designed with color change for the chef hat and the facial features. But since I used copy paper, I couldn’t show the color change in this fold of mine. This is definitely a model to fold again with a better choice of paper.

Swallow (Design by Sipho Mabona)

Swallow (Design by Sipho Mabona)
Swallow (Design by Sipho Mabona)

This is a design by Sipho Mabona who is well known for his ‘inflatable’ Fugu. The CP for this model (with the belly closed) is available on his website for people to refer to and fold. However, since I am absolutely pathetic at CPs, I gave a go at the Photo diagram, which Grizzlyman uploaded on the Origami Forum. I find diagrams easier to understand.

This photo diagram based model, however, is an earlier / old version of Sipho Mabona’s Swallow – in the sense that it has its belly ‘open’. The look of it, otherwise, it is pretty much the same as compared to his newer model. There are no known diagrams or publications of his work and these crease patterns (which he publishes on his site) remain the only way he shares his work. Grizzlyman attended an Origami Convention in Germany in 2009, in which Sipho Mabona taught this model and with practice, he was able to replicate the design.

Paper to use:
You can opt to use any kind of paper, which will fold easily and not tear – Kraft, Kami, Tant or even Tissue foil. The size of the paper should ideally not be less than 6 inches and if it is your first fold, begin with a square sheet of paper measuring 8 inches. Any of these papers will ‘hold’ the folds and the shape and it is up to you to figure out your favorite paper for this model. The paper chosen should be duo colored at best, since there is no color change involved in this model.

How to fold the Swallow:
Grizzlyman has created and uploaded a 50-photo (step) photo diagram meant to explain the steps in folding Sipho Mabona’s Swallow. It is very helpful and he has also provided captions for each of the images in order to better explain the step(s).

CP for Sipho Mabona’s closed belly version of the Swallow

For the swallow I folded, I made use of Kami paper measuring 8 inches in size (square). I didn’t refer to the CP but instead made use of grizzlyman’s detailed photo diagram. I wet-folded the model to give it a bit of shape, but as you probably know, Kami is not very good for wet-folding or shaping.