Its been a long time since I folded dragons and this time I have attempted Kade Chan’s Fiery Dragon. This is my first attempt and I am quite pleased with it. I plan to fold my second rendition with metallic tissue paper so that it gives a better look when finished.
This model depends a lot on the shaping you do at the end of the folding sequence along with the kind of paper you use to achieve this. Starting with a larger sized paper is always helpful since the folds become a lot easier especially when sinks and rabbit folds are involved.
Paper to Use:
It is best to use pliable, easy to shape paper such as Tissue-Foil paper or Washi which can be easily shaped and bent to give form to the finished model. For my first attempt, I used the commonly found Tracing paper which made folding easier but shaping would be a lot better had I used Washi or tissue-foil paper. The size of the paper was a 26″ square – tracing paper which is very fine, allows for complicated folds without having to worry about the paper tearing off at stress points in the model.
How to Fold the Fiery Dragon: Kade Chan has a wonderful blog, where he shares diagrams, tips as well as instructional videos (of his designs) made by origami enthusiasts all over the world, who have sought his permission for the instructional videos, of course. On his blog, he has shared the photo-diagrams of the finished model, clear diagrams of the folding sequence as well as multiple Instructional videos to help with folding this amazing model.
This model is a lot of fun to fold and is definitely worth the time. It took me 3 days with 3 hours spent per day to finish folding this model.
Since it is that time of the year, I thought I’d fold something befitting the theme – so I chose this model by Manuel Sirgo. This origami ghost design is pretty simple to fold involving valley and mountain folds along with a few rabbit ear folds. There is a bit of shaping involved in the end, so you might want to try wet folding this design, too.
I did not attempt wet folding, but instead have just shaped the model with my (dry) fingers.
How to fold the model:
This model is surprisingly pretty simple and quick to fold. Consisting of 20 steps in all, you can refer to the diagrams which Manuel Sirgo has generously shared with everyone.
Paper to Use:
You can fold this model with almost any kind of paper since there are few folds and none which are complicated. I have used a solid white colored kami paper measuring approximately 6 inches in size. You can also shape the paper in the way you would like in order to give the ghost a more eerie and ‘floating’ look.
I am still on the hunt for easy to fold modular designs which do not require more than 16 – 18 sheets of paper. I have found yet another one in Paolo Bascetta’s variation of the Santiago Ring. Well actually, this is also a variation of Mette Pederson’s Ring, too.
This model took me around half an hour to fold (all units) and includes assembly time, too. It was surprisingly quick and easy to fold and the assembly is also quite simple. The ‘pockets’ which are formed with the ends of the paper holds when the units are interconnected.
As with most modulars, you can attempt folding this design with almost any kind of paper you have except delicate tissue paper, which of course will not ‘stand’ / be firm when you finish assembling the ring.
Paper to use:
As you must be aware, modular pieces are good for using those left over papers, which you have. Kami or common origami paper is a great a choice for these models along with thicker kinds such as kraft paper and elephant hide. I have used 15 cms or 5 7/8 inches single side colored kami paper to fold the ring you see in the image. You will have to start folding with the white side facing upwards / you.
If you make a clever paper design / pattern choice, you can form other patterns within the ring as long as you fold the paper in the appropriate manner. If you see my rendition of the model, you can see a whitish cloud like pattern running in the form of a rin towards the center. I ended up with this, by simply starting to fold the patterned paper in the same angle / way – for all sheets, keeping a certain white blotch I saw on the sheet on the bottom right (whilst folding).
How to fold these units:
The diagrams to Paolo Bascetta’s Modular ring are available in Vicente Palacios’ Papiroflexia Coleccion. However, for those of you who do not have that book, you can also follow this tutorial:
You can find Mette Pederson’s Ring Diagrams here. In order to modify the folding to get the block like design of Paolo Bascetta’s, in step 9 (in the folding sequence, instead of folding a mountain fold as shown in the diagram, make 2 mountain folds on either side. These 2 mountain folds can be made equidistant from the center and the line made by the flap folded over. The width – between the folds you make – will indicate how ‘thick’ or wide ur model will be i.e. each unit when you interlock them.
This is a modular design I came across on the Internet recently which is not really Origami but is nonetheless very pretty. It follows the same principle of putting together units to form a modular model but the similarity with Origami ends here. This model requires the use of scissors and glue and patience, of course.
Instructions to make this model:
The blog post also details out the instructions to fold this model and the number of units (20 units) required. 10 copies of the PDF template are required, with each sheet having cut outs of 2 units. I am pasting an excerpt of the instructions from the said post here for your easy reference:
If you’d like to make your own icosahedron (the more elaborate one of those two), download this template (PDF) and print out ten copies of it. Here is what you do:
1. Cut out one figure along the bold lines.
2. Score all its curved dotted lines with a dead ballpoint pen or the tip of a lead-less mechanical pencil or something like that. Fold the tabs back and forth to make sure they’re flexible. Pinch gently along the scored curves to begin to form the curved module shape, with the dashes on the inside.
3. Apply white glue or a glue stick to one of the module’s small tabs and connect it to its neighboring bit of paper.
4. Repeat steps 1-3 for the rest of the modules (twenty modules in total).
5. Glue modules together on the large tabs. Be sure to have five modules around each corner, i.e. flowers always have five petals. When you have a few modules together, you can insert a pencil or straightened paperclip through the holes to push tabs with glue together to make sure they stick.
I think this model looks really pretty and will make a wonderful hanging in the home! One can try folding this model in colored paper using the template cut outs as a stencil to make the units.
Today I decided to fold another one of Quentin Trollip’s designs. I selected tissue foil as my paper choice and spent my morning making duo colored tissue foil. I didn’t want to spend a lot of time wet folding this model even though it is suggested in the diagram that wet folding will give you the best results. Somehow, I could never do that right without my patience giving way towards the end! 😀 Tissue foil turned out to be my next best option as it provides the flexibility to shape the paper at will.
Paper to Use:
I have made tissue foil paper duo colored white at home this morning and used it to fold this pig. I daresay I had problems with the placement of the tissue paper hence the air bubbles you see on the texture of the tissue foil. The size of the paper I used was around 30 cms or 12 inches, square shaped. My end result was a pig measuring 5.5 inches in length and 3 inches in height, approx.