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.