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 – 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.

Christmas Lantern (Design by Ancella Simoes)

Christmas Lantern (Design by Ancella Simoes)
Christmas Lantern (Design by Ancella Simoes)

The countdown to Christmas has already started and I have been busy deciding on the Christmas decorations and getting started on the decorating, too. I always make it a point to fold a few Origami ornaments or hangings for Christmas so I have been quite excited about what to fold and where to put it.

Tinkering around with a model – Tripoli – which I had come up with a few months ago, I came up with a great design which is apt for the Holiday Season!

Paper to use:
The units in this lantern design requires shaping, hence it is recommended that foil paper be used for folding. My version of the model is folded with single-side colored foil paper which I have purchased from Michaels – they have a lot of plain colored, printed, and foil origami paper in their paper aisle.

You could also use duo-colored paper (instead of just single side colored paper) – this would avoid the ‘white areas’ from appearing in between the assembled model. Another idea would be to make use of christmas themed wrapping paper to fold this lantern. These days, you can get foil like wrapping paper (not the flimsy type) in the local stores, too.

How to fold this design:
I am in the process of diagramming this design so the folding sequence will be available to you shortly. The only complicated step in the folding process is a sink which I have incorporated – so this model is pretty much simple to fold.

Update: The Diagrams to this model are available in the annual Christmas Origami Book 2011 which was released on 27th of December 2011.

These would make a great hanging for your home or on the Christmas tree itself. I will be folding a few of these to deck up my place, at least! 🙂

‘Twirl’ Ring (Design by Krystyna Burczyk)

'Twirl' Ring (Design by Krystyna Burczyk)
'Twirl' Ring (Design by Krystyna Burczyk)

This is my first attempt at folding Krystyna Burczyk’s origami models and I found that her designs are simple and fun to fold. She has many designs based on Twirls which are modular by nature and she has released around 3 books with their diagrams. I think her books also include variations on the folding.

This particular model – Twirl Ring – is from her latest book – Twirls – which can be bought from Nicolas Terry’s Origami shop. All of the models in this book are simple and use the same curling or twirling technique.


Paper to use:
For folding these models, you might want to use tant paper or a kind similar. I tried to fold this model with foil paper because I thought that the ‘flexibility’ of the foil paper would allow me to make pretty curls. But boy, was I wrong. The foil paper was ‘slippery’ and it made curling difficult. In fact, curling these units takes a bit of practice, especially if you would like wavy pretty curls like Krystyna’s.

I folded this model using 10 sheets of foil paper, two of a color, single side colored. You have to fold each of the sheets into a ‘Waterbomb’ base and then curl each end towards the left.

Interlocking the units is easy too – all you have to do is curl the edge of one with the other on either side of the unit. This way you will have the same design, curling on both sides of the ring.

Stellated Icosahedron (Design by Paolo Bascetta)

Bascetta Star (Design by Paolo Bascetta)
Bascetta Star (Design by Paolo Bascetta)

I have just put up my artificial Christmas Tree at home and being my Hubby’s and my first Christmas after our wedding, I wanted it to be extra special.

I have used a combination of the usual Christmas ornaments along with a few origami ornaments as part of the tree decorations.

For the tree topper, I decided to fold Paolo Bascetta’s Stellated Icosahedron out of silver foil wrapping paper. I purchased this specialty wrapper from the local CVS store last week and cut out 30 squares measuring 8 inches in size.

This paper is single side colored, which means that I would have the silver color and print only on the tips of the star (as shown in the accompanying image). If you would like the center portion of the star to be of the same color, then you should select duo colored paper (same pattern / color on both sides).

How to fold Paolo Bascetta’s Star:
Jonakashima has recorded a pretty good instructional video on folding this model – with the permission of the creator, of course. You can check it out here

Assembling the Star:
This model does not require the use of glue and the point to note in assembling it is to always maintain the ‘circle’ of 5 i.e. each of the ‘facets’ of the star should have 5 points / arms.

In order to place it as a tree topper, I used only 29 units to fold the model. I kept a bit of it open to allow the top most leafy / twig of the tree to be easily inserted into the globe. This way, the Star would be propped up and I’d have a few of the tree lights in it, too. 🙂

Where to buy special Origami paper

I guess this is one of the most frequently asked questions after the size of the paper used to fold any origami model. With new and more complex (or should I say intricate?) origami models being designed these days, it is not a wonder that most of us are fumbling with the kind of paper to use.

Lokta / Unryu Paper:

Lokta are handmade from the inner bark of the bush and are made in the Himalayan mountain region. The Lotka paper is very strong, and is an incredible eco-friendly choice. It is made in Nepal and makes a good choice for paper folding. I have never folded anything from Lokta myself, though I have used Unryu.

Unryu paper is also known as Mulberry paper or rice paper and has a characteristic of fiber strands which add to the contrast (in color) and texture.

I have come across the mention of Paper Source as a good online store (here in USA, at least) for both – Lokta and Unryu, as well as a variety of Japanese and Asian papers. You get these in a patterned / printed as well as plain / solid colored form as far as I saw on their website. The size of papers is mostly 20 x 30 inches. They do have a smaller sized collection of papers, too. This store also has a variety of craft ideas, gifts, and projects that can keep you occupied 🙂

Another place to buy Unryu paper from is Origami-Shop itself. They have a collection pack – Pack Unryu Tissue Papers – 9 sheets 40×40 cm – as well as sell these in single colors.

The store Mulberry Paper and More has a good selection of papers – Lokta, Mulberry and Unryu to choose from, too. You can browse through them here.

Tissue Foil:

Pack Tissue-foil Papers - 20 sheets - 30x30cm (11.8

Origami-Shop offers a good selection of tissue foil paper in varying sizes and you can make your choice based on the size you want and the color. They also have a pack collection in which you will get a variety of colors to use – Pack Tissue-foil Papers – 20 sheets – 30x30cm (11.8″x11.8″). You can also select sheets of only a certain color such as Copper or Gold and these are sold separately on the site. You can check them out on under the Paper category / section.

Tant paper is a good selection for intermediate models, too. These can be wet folded and are used to fold a wide variety of models. For those of you who would like to purchase from stores in the USA, please visit Kim’s Crane Tant Collection. They have a good selection of Tant papers and some of the paper packs are exactly the same as that sold in Origami-Shop. You can also purchase specific colors as per my understanding.

Origami-Shop offers the rare pack / collection – Pack Tant 35x35cm — 10 colors — 100 sheets – along with packs of other color shades / hues which are available on the site.

Elephant Hide:

I, myself, have never used elephant hide for folding but from the amazing pictures I see on Flickr, these papers make awesome Tessellations. In USA, you can purchase Elephant Hide paper from Kim’s Crane, yet again. This store has a wide variety of shades / colors and sizes to choose from. Again buying sheets of specific colors is possible. Do check these out at Kim’s Crane Elephant Hide collection.

Foil Paper:

Foil paper 35x35 cm - 12 colors - 24 sheets

These papers are metallic and though they hold creases pretty well, they are not accommodating on errors in folding. Once creased in place, the paper will continue to maintain the marking of a crease even after you have straightened it out. Hence, this paper should be used for those models, which you are well experienced in and probably in which crease errors such as these will not make a big deal (I can’t think of such a model except in the case of a few modular pieces, I suppose). Further, these have a strong shine on the surface, which does not make the overall origami design appealing – especially if the model you have folded is an animal with intricate features.

You can purchase this paper at most origami and craft shops these days. They are mostly single side colored and come in smaller sizes. Origami-Shop has a good selection of foil paper on their site such as the Foil paper 35×35 cm – 12 colors – 24 sheets.

You can also purchase Foil paper at Kim’s Crane this is for those of you residing in USA.

Test Sheets / Tracing paper for test folds:

Test sheets - White - 40x40 cm (15.7

We’ve all been here – not wanting to “waste” our prized paper which we bought from a fancy shop not long ago on folding a slightly complex model which we know has a high tendency of landing up as a crumpled piece of paper in the waste bin.

You can buy regular tracing paper from Michaels or any other stores, which has these rolls available. At times, you can also use copy paper, but the thickness of this paper really limits their use for complicated origami designs.

If you would like something fancier, Origami-Shop has a selection of test sheets, which are available for sale. You can select from their Test sheets – White – 40×40 cm (15.7″x15.7″) – 60g/m² (50 sheets) or their Test sheets – White – 20×20 cm 60g/m². They also have these in 22×22 cm and in a light yellow shade.

Kraft paper:

I usually buy a roll of kraft paper from Michaels. This is a craft store which is located all over USA (at least it looks like that to me!). They have tissue paper (for regular gift wrapping), Kraft paper that you get in a variety of colors at times as well as regular Kami paper and Origami Kits for those who are interested.

I hope this post helps you in your paper choices and sources!