Butterfly – June Sakamoto (Design by Michael G. LaFosse)

Butterfly - June Sakamoto (Design by Michael G. LaFosse)
Butterfly - June Sakamoto (Design by Michael G. LaFosse)

This is yet another model I folded this weekend. It is from the book – Origami Butterflies – which has a lot of different types of butterfly variants; the best part about this book is that there is a section devoted to designing your own butterflies based on the elements / proportions of various folds. The overall folding sequence remains about the same though, irrespective of the little changes you might make. With the right kind of paper, whether duo-colored or single-side colored, one can come up with a multitude of combinations which will make for a very pretty wall decoration or gift.

Paper to use:
I used a 6 inch square sheet of single-side colored kami paper to fold this model. You can also use your own kind of paper, provided it is not too thick as the center or body of the butterfly will become too thick to fold.

How to fold this model:
The diagrams to this model are in the book – Origami Butterflies or you can follow this very detailed video I found on youtube where the presenter has shown the details in folding this butterfly very nicely.

Butterfly, Opus 410 (Design by Robert J. Lang)

Butterfly, Opus 410 (Design by Robert J. Lang)
Butterfly, Opus 410 (Design by Robert J. Lang)

I decided to give Robert J. Lang’s Butterfly, Opus 410 a try this weekend. It’s been some time since I folded any origami and I was in the mood for something on an intermediate level. The paper I chose was regular Kami since this was my very first fold of this model.

Robert J. Lang’s Butterfly is quite different from Michael LaFosse’s design. When I first picked up Opus 410 to start, I moved quite quickly along the steps until I came to the half way mark where I started to slow down due to the numerous sink folds and swivel folds. I have certainly lost practice when it came to these intermediate folds. The model has more detail as compared to Michael LaFosse’s designs and I enjoyed folding Robert Lang’s version.

If you are familiar with Michael LaFosse’s Origami Butterflies, you will notice that there are many variations one can do to get certain wing designs and wingspan. His book explains the base to create and the variations one can make based on this. Robert Lang’s version, however, has more detail such as a more pronounced body of the butterfly, feelers and the folds are much more complicated as compared to Michael LaFosse’s.

Overall, I am happy with the outcome of my fold, inspite of using kami paper for this rendition. One improvement I can think of is to further shape and crisply crease the body of the butterfly. Given that I used kami, the folds got a bit too thick for me to do this.

Paper to Use:
Once can use any duo colored paper to fold Robert J. Lang’s Butterfly. The paper should work well with multiple folds and not be too thin as it could tear under the strain. I used a 5.9 square inch duo colored kami paper for my rendition. Note, that however, finer or thinner paper will allow you to create crisp folds and shape the butterfly better.

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How to fold Robert Lang’s Butterfly:
The diagrams for this model can be found in Robert Lang’s book – Insects 2

Butterfly (Design by H.T.Quyet)

Butterfly (Design by H.T. Quyet)
Butterfly (Design by H.T. Quyet)

This is a design I folded a few days ago – H.T. Quyet’s pretty butterfly – out of Nicolas Terry’s Tissue foil backed with thin tissue paper for the duo-colored effect.

It is an intermediate level design which has a few sinks involved in the folding process along with shaping the model at the end to get the desired effect.

I found this quite alright to fold and the pic above is that of my first attempt. I started by taking a 20 cm sheet (square) of Nicolas Terry’s Tissue foil and pasting a sheet (similar measurement) of regular plain tissue on one side. I trimmed the edges so that the sheet looked clean and neat.

 

Paper to Use:

Tadashimori, in is instructional video, has attempted to fold this design with regular copy paper as well as Kami. Since this model requires shaping, one either has to use tissue foil which can be shaped easily or wet fold the model in order to get the desired shape.

This design has also been folded in Elephant Hide paper – you can see EyalR’s rendition here – which has been painted with acrylic paints.

 

How to fold H.T. Quyet’s Butterfly:

Tadashimori has recorded a very detailed and helpful instructional video on folding this design – with the permission of H.T. Quyet. He has marked out all creases in the video and provides helpful hints on how to make the folds.

 

Butterfly Bookmark (Design by Grzegorz Bubniak)

Butterfly Bookmark (Design by Grzegorz Bubniak)
Butterfly Bookmark (Design by Grzegorz Bubniak)

My better half is practically a bookworm and much to my irritation will end up folding the pages within the book so that he remembers where he left it off. I hate this habit of his, which made me hunt for creative bookmarks for him to use.

This is an incredibly pretty bookmark and is not so difficult to fold. Grzegorz Bubniak has generously provided the diagrams to this design on his website, too. It is also published in Polish Origami Bulletin # 1.

Paper to use:

Ideally this design is best folded with duo colored paper i.e. colored differently on either sides. However, single side colored paper will also work even though it might not give an all that great effect. You can select a paper – Kraft, Kami or even some pretty patterned wrapping paper – measuring approx 6 inches or more. The size of the paper you start with really depends on the size of the final model you wish you have. A 6 inch square will end up being a 4.5 inch model in the end, measured across.

Butterfly Bookmark (Design by Grzegorz Bubniak)
Butterfly Bookmark (Design by Grzegorz Bubniak)

How to fold this design:

Grzegorz Bubniak has shared the diagrams on his website. If you see the picture of the completed model there, you will notice that he has used duo-colored Kraft paper colored in gold and crimson which looks really elegant.

Origamido Butterfly (Design by Michael LaFosse)

Origamido Butterfly (Design by Michael LaFosse)
Origamido Butterfly (Design by Michael LaFosse)

This design is from the book – Advanced Origami: An Artist’s Guide to Performances in Paper, by Michael LaFosse. He is known for his pretty butterflies and this particular one, I think, is his best design, in my opinion. 🙂

What paper to use:

You can use just about any kind of paper for this model – from wrapping paper to crepe paper to normal printing paper which you have decorated yourself (by painting, tye ‘n’ dye, etc). The thickness of the paper doesn’t cause any problems in this model since the number of folds are fairly few and easy.

I have used common origami paper which is colored on one side. A better idea would be to use duo paper of if you don’t have any, either stick a sheet of paper of a different color on the other side of the sheet you are using (in case it’s single side colored) or simply color it your self! 😀

You can also use printing paper which you can decorate with splashes of paint or something creative. The only constraint is that you should be using a square sheet of paper to start off with.

Folding the origamido butterfly:

You would need to start with the side of the paper of the color you want the wings to be (in the end) facing you. The steps to folding this model is very similar to folding the Alice Gray butterfly albeit for the steps at the ending.