Shurikens literally are “hand released blades” and historically there have been two types of shurikens – the bo shuriken which are thin narrow blades and the hira shuriken which are plates having anywhere between 2 to 8 spikes radiating out of the center.
This wheel blade design of mine has 8 pointed spikes – a happo shuriken. I folded it using 4 inch square sheets of paper which are duo colored. This has given it a nice color combination within the folds.
The assembly is quick and easy – each unit has to be placed within the outer flaps of the next unit and so on. There is no need for glue to hold this model together, unless you prefer to hang it, then glue would make it more sturdy.
The idea behind this design is Paolo Bascetta’s ring which, I find, has a brilliant, easy assembly and I wanted to replicate this process albeit with differently folded units.
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.
I came across a new blog post by another origamist today, which I think is quite ingenious! It is easy to fold and whats more, the designer, Leyla Torres (of Origami Spirit), has taken the trouble of actually recording an instructional video on folding it, too!
Paper to use:
You can use Kami, tissue foil or any paper of your choice for this model. The folds are simple and if you follow the instructional video, you will be able to fold this frog quite easily.
I have used duo-colored (or rather, printed) Kami paper measuring approximately 8 inches in size. You can also use single-side colored paper to fold this model.
How to fold this pre-columbian style frog:
Leyla Torres, the designer has generously shared an instructional video on the folding sequence. You can find it below, too:
This is one of the designs which I had started folding a couple of weeks ago but got distracted with new paper and books and left it mid way. 🙂
I have begun to leave a lot of models folded only half-way through so I have now decided not to start off on any new designs or folding until I wrap up those.
This is a model from Román Díaz’s book – #3 Origami Essence – and is tagged as a level 4 category of designs. It is slightly complex with the numerous layered folds, rabbit ears and shaping involved. There are 61 steps in all, and this includes the shaping.
The model requires a lot of shaping at the end in order to give it a slightly 3D look. Hence, the paper you select for this design must be ‘flexible’ and allow for shaping without breaking / tearing apart at the edges. This is especially important because when you are at the end of the folding sequence, you will find that there are man layers that you need to fold through and tuck in, which if you have selected plain Kami or thicker variety, will make it very difficult.
I have not wet-folded my rendition of Román Díaz’s Ring-tail Lemur. Instead, I have selected special washi paper – Deluxe Washi BROWN – 10 sheets – which I purchased from origami-shop.com.
This paper is extremely ‘shapable’ and you do not need to wet-fold at all. However, errors in folding are quick to show as the gold foil on the reverse layer peels off with tension. So it’s a good idea to practice your folding before trying with this sort of paper.
Paper to use:
While Román Díaz, in his book, mentioned that this design of his can be folded with double-tissue paper which is Duo colored i.e. beige on one side and black on the other side, I have used Duo-colored deluxe washi paper which is gold foiled on one side and chocolate brown on the other side. This paper measures 35 cms square and the final model (post folding), measure approx 7 inches in height (taking into account the curling tail) and 3.5 inches across.
How to fold the Ringed Tailed Lemur:
Diagrams to this model are available in Román Díaz’s book – #3 Origami Essence. The book is incredible and will make a good Origami book collection. There are many models to fold from this book for all levels of complexity. JM Tutorials has also created a helpful tutorial on this model, you can find it on his YouTube channel.
This is yet another model from the book – Origami Essence, by Román Díaz; the finished model is absolutely great, and the expression on the Vixen’s face is priceless. Very few Origami designs have such an outcome. This book has a lot of interesting models to choose from and with the right kind of paper will make a great result.
This model is categorized as Level 3 in the book, with Level 1 being the least complicated and Level 5, highly complex. The suggested paper to use for this model is Tant paper, painted red on a side and white on the other to take advantage of the color changing involved. You can also use Kami paper of as in my case, tissue foil for this model. As per the book, the size of the final model is around 0.4 of the size of the paper you have started with.
This model makes used of the duo-colored paper to form the color changing face, chest and tail.
If you do like this model and enjoy Román Díaz’s work, please do buy the book – #3 Origami Essence – I am sure you will like it a lot and will enjoy folding the models in it. This has certainly become one of my favorite books now and am looking forward to folding more models from it.