Wizard (Design by Hojyo Takashi)

Wizard (Design by Hojyo Takashi)
Wizard (Design by Hojyo Takashi)

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.

Wizard (Design by Hojyo Takashi)

Wizard (Design by Hojyo Takashi)
Wizard (Design by Hojyo Takashi)

Happy Halloween, everyone!

This Halloween, we went to the performance – Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet. This was the first time I attended a ballet performance and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a 2 hour extravaganza choreographed by Jorden Morris and it truly wowed the audience. The costumes, stage set up and story were truly amazing.

I did find time to fold something specially for the dark and eerie theme this weekend. I attempted Hojyo Takashi’s Wizard from the Origami Tanteidan Magazine 109. I must say the model is complex with a 142 steps in all. It showcases color changing in the design and looks truly great when completed.

Wizard (Design by Hojyo Takashi)
Wizard (Design by Hojyo Takashi)

I am pretty happy with my rendition of Hojyo Takashi’s Wizard. When starting off I thought it would end up as a ball of crumpled paper in the waste bin. Since one would require a rather large sized sheet of paper to fold this model from, I used a 35 x 35 cm Kami (because this is the only sheet I had which was single side colored and large). I had purchased the Pack Discovery – 30 squares from Origami-Shop sometime ago and this large sheet of origami paper was a part of that pack.

I am still happy with the outcome even though the model is not wet folded at all. I found that this is one model for which the bonefolder would come in real handy. There are bits of paper which require to be squashed and folded, which made it difficult to do so by hand. Since I don’t have one as yet, I had to make do with other instruments / items which served the purpose at best.