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.
I haven’t posted in a while even though I have started folding a few models. I have got stuck in the same rut of starting to fold designs but not coming around to finishing them… sigh!
These are a few diagrams and books which have been released in the last few weeks and which can be accessed or downloaded with the generous permission of the authors and designers.
Origami Fox – This is probably one of the popular and well known diagrams of Hoàng Tiến Quyết – his origami Fox. The diagrams are intermediate by nature and are also available in The Fold (OrigamiUSA’s Online magazine). However, for those of you who are not members, you can refer to the diagrams on the Vietnam Origami Group site.
Sparrow (CP) – For those of you who simply love a challenge, you can give this Crease Pattern a try – Kade Chan’s Sparrow – which he has generously shared on his Flickr profile. It uses the box pleating technique and Kade Chan‘s version has been folded from a square piece of paper measuring 25 cms. The finished model is approx 10 cms in all.
New papers and Books – Nicolas Terry has been stocking up his origami store with a wide variety of paper and articles in the last few weeks. As many of you will already know, he has got a good stash of Origamido papers of varying colors which can be purchased online only through his website.
Another new arrival in his store is – The Original Works of Alex Kimball – which was released recently. This is a collection on hand drawn diagrams of Black Bear (also on the cover page), Hammerhead Shark, Pelican, Rabbit, Springbok, Gorilla, Lynx and lastly ‘Bird in Flight’. I have never folded any of Alex’s designs but based on the models in this book, his folding sequence looks like fun and challenging, too.
JOAS Tanteidan # 17 – The latest JOAS Tanteidan – Tanteidan #17 – is also available for pre-order. There is no news as to the model list which will be published in this edition. But being the Tanteidan Magazine, it will be worthwhile to get your hands on this book while stocks last. The tentative date for availability on Origami-Shop is August 26th 2011; there are 50 models expected to be included in this book of complex level of difficulty.
This edition is sure to bring a lot of challenging designs to readers and as usual, it is a highly anticipated book with a ‘must-have’ tag attached to it. There will be a mix of diagrams and crease Patterns as with all other Tanteidan Books. However, since it is a Tanteidan Book, the models / designs in this book will undoubtedly be higher intermediate to complex and therefore will be ideal for experienced folders.
For those of you who are eagerly waiting for the model list, it should be declared sometime around the JOAS Convention which is August 13 – 14.
VOG’s Origami book – There is another book, the compilation of which is currently in progress, and which is sure to make the list of many origamists’ shopping lists out there – #5 VOG – 50hrs Origami – by the Vietnam Origami Group. If you are a member or a regular visitor to their forum, you would know that there are many gifted origamists in that group. A lot of the designs are challenging and very complex in nature. Some of the designers also share the diagrams to their designs freely through the forum.
This book is a collection of models ranging from animals, fantasy characters, flowers and more. So far it has been revealed that there will be just one insect in this book and there will be no pre-order option. Nicolas Terry has promised that his store will carry a large stock of it, so there will always be a chance to buy it without having to wait for it to be re-stocked.
Included in this book are diagrams to 29 models ranging from simple to super complex and 4 Crease Patterns. The tentative date of publication is Fall 2011 and the language medium will be French and English.