Violin (Design by Gen Hagiwara)

Violin (Design by Gen Hagiwara)

This design is a good example of the box pleating technique and is a fantastic model to fold, resulting in a stunning outcome. A complex design which requires glue to hold the neck in place, I found this one enjoyable to fold. There is a violin bow designed by Paulius Mielinis which complements this Violin. However, I am not aware if the diagrams or crease pattern have been published for it.

The most amazing part of this model is the attention to detail. It has everything from the scroll, peg box and pegs to the f-holes on the body of the instrument. I am amazed with the level of thought which has been put into designing this model by Gen Hagiwara – it is truly mind blowing. While a major portion of the folding sequence, in the beginning, is the pre-creasing to fold the basic Violin shape, the folding sequence quickly transitions to shaping the model to make it aesthetically realistic. The part which requires a lot of patience and dexterity is the neck of the violin, which includes the peg box and pegs. This portion took the longest time for me to fold. To make the scroll at the end of the neck, I used a bit of water to wet and then roll in. I have clicked a few pictures from different angles hoping to capture the complexity and beauty of this design.

Violin’s Peg box Details

The diagrams to this design can be found in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #143 (which you can back order from Japan Origami Academic Society at the time of writing this post) and you can also check out JM Origami tutorial for this. I used double tissue paper to fold this Violin – a single sheet each of brown and black tissue paper stuck together using MC. I then cut the prepared paper to the 1:4 ratio which is needed to start folding. To shape the violin, I used clips to hold the curves and folds in place and kept it overnight to set. The paper I used was Darice 100-Piece Premium Quality Tissue Gift Wrapping Paper and I used Lineco Methyl Cellulose Adhesive to prepare the double tissue paper.

Violin’s Side View

Fiery Dragon (Design by Kade Chan)

Fiery Dragon (Design by Kade Chan)
Fiery Dragon (Design by Kade Chan)

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.

12 Point Flower Tower (Design by Chris K. Palmer)

12 point Flower Tower (Design by Chris K. Palmer)
12 point Flower Tower (Design by Chris K. Palmer)

This is one model which I have been trying to fold in the last few weeks. My first attempt failed miserably with me not being able to collapse the first layer itself. This is the tricky part since the paper simply refuses to stay put at times, when folding it all around.

I gave this design another go last weekend and was pleasantly surprised that I was able to get through the first layer in two tries. What I did differently this time around was to make sure that the pre-creases were firm and sharp. I think this this helped a lot, as the paper started falling into place along the creases made.

Once you get through the first layer, the second and third are pretty much alright since you would already know how to nudge the paper into place. If you start off with a large sized paper, you can have multiple layers.

The Origami artist who has designed this wonderful model – Chris Palmer – has himself made an instructional video with Jeremy Shafer and he explains the steps and pre-creasing clearly and also provides tips on what to expect and how to go about the folding sequence.

Paper to Use:
Tant or craft paper measuring approx. 15 inches in size, duo-colored. You can also Kraft paper to fold this model. Extremely thin or fine tissue paper would not go for this model, since there are numerous folds and you need a strong paper which will not give way with the folding.

How to fold:
Jeremy Shafer has recorded and shared a great video of Chris Palmer himself teaching the folding sequence for this amazing 12 point Flower Tower. It is extremely detailed with very helpful hints along the way.

Braided Corona Star (Design by Maria Sinayskaya)

Braided Corona Star
Braided Corona Star (Design by Maria Sinayskaya)

 

I folded this braided star this weekend by following Sara Adams’ instructional video on her site. This is a pretty easy to fold design and you can fold it with almost any kind of paper available. Contrasting colors will make it look great and I chose a maroon and rose colored combination of Tant paper for my rendition.

Paper to Use:

You can use any kind of paper you have, contrasting colors are preferred. I have used 7.5 inch square sheets of Tant paper to fold this model and I used 8 sheets in all – 4 sheets of the Maroon color and 4 sheets of the rose colored paper. The braided star is quick to fold and one can easily interlock the various units, too.

 

How to fold Maria Sinayskaya’s Braided Corona Star:

Sara Adams has recorded a very good instructional on folding this pretty model. The directions are clear and she gives a clear perspective of the finished model vs. the size of the paper used. In her video, she has used 8 sheets of 3 in square Kami papers and the finished model is approx. 4 in in size.

Links: Fir trees, Christmas stars, VOG’s book release and more

Little Tokyo, Los Angeles
Little Tokyo, Los Angeles

I have not been folding a lot lately and that is largely due to the fact that I was preparing for an exam and planning a weekend trip to Los Angeles. My hubby & I did end up in Los Angeles last weekend and we had a good time.

We visited Little Tokyo which is a historic district near downtown LA – it is a pretty Japanese themed place where one would be engulfed in Sushi bars, Japanese Kimono and gift shops and really good bakeries. We loved the place and it is one of the highlights of our trip. I managed to do a bit of shopping there and this haul consisted of Origami papers – Kami and Tant from one of the shops in Little Tokyo. I am quite pleased with my loot.

#5 VOG - 50 hours of Origami +

I got back home to find that a lot of things have been published / shared during the last few weeks from various Origamists.

One of the best updates I found was that the much anticipated book – #5 VOG – 50 hours of Origami + – was finally released by Nicolas Terry. You can now purchase it from his online Origami-Shop.com. This book is a collection of designs from members of the Vietnam Origami Group (hence the abbreviation VOG) and has designs ranging from intermediate to complex. It is the first time that such a collection book has been compiled and Nicolas Terry mentions that the effort took approx 3 years by the entire team involved.

Christmas Fir Tree: Sara Adams has recorded yet another instructional video on a magnificent model, in time for the upcoming Holiday Season. It’s none other than Francesco Guarnieri’s Fir tree and this model can be easily folded if you carefully follow the instructions and have the patience. A lot of origamists have already started folding fir trees, preparing for Christmas. You require 5 sheets of Origami paper in all, of varying sizes.

Humprecht’s Star: Tine Blasek has folded some really pretty stars which will make an ideal decoration for the Holiday Season. She has also generously shared the instructions for them.

Sparkle Kusudama: Tadashimori who is well known for his instructional videos on youtube has designed a star themed Sparkle Kusudama for which he has also recorded an instructional video. This can make a very pretty tree topper or left as decoration by itself.

Virgin Mary & Baby Jesus: This is an very nice design and will make a very pretty hanging. This is a rendition of Our Lady of Aparecida who is the patron Saint of Brazil. However, this version has baby Jesus in Her arms and Leyla Torres (of OrigamiSpirit) has also shared instructions on folding baby Jesus as well as ideas on how to make the halo.

These are some of the articles and designs which I found really interesting these past couple of weeks and so I thought of sharing them with you. I am also waiting for my VOG book to reach me along with a handful of special papers I ordered.

Have a great weekend!