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 have been looking out for a slightly complex dragon for quite sometime, now. I didn’t want something which is highly complex and tricky either. I have found a perfect one horned dragon design (perfect for me that is) YouTube.com. It is an intermediate model and incorporates, sinks, rabbit ears and crimps in the folds. It looks pretty neat once completed and I found it quite easy to fold, too.
I have used Origami Paper by Tuttle Publishing – Origami Paper Animal Prints – for this model; which comes in Animal prints, printed on both sides, of 8 1/4″ in size.
This model took me around 20 minutes to half an hour to fold and this includes putting the finishing touches on it, like seeing that the feet and wings are aligned, etc. One can make a bigger dragon (of the same design) by using a larger sized paper. Even if you have A4 size paper, you can cut it down into a square and use it.
I folded this out of a 6″ single-side colored Origami paper and have created a couple of extra folds on the wings to add to the ‘dragon look’. For this model, it is not important to have origami paper colored both sides. However, a larger sized paper would be more convenient and will look better too, is what I thought.
Also, another point to be noted here is to not use thick paper to fold this model. If you do so, the intricate folds at certain points will become really hard to fold and keep in place. One idea, which I have come across for folding models in Origami, is wrapping paper, which is more readily available than actual Origami paper. These come in all kinds of designs and colors, and should do perfectly fine, too.
To fold this Dragon, I have used Origami Paper Bright by Tuttle Publishing, which is a pack of 49 sheets of 6 different colors.
I have also prepared a step-by-step guide, to fold this dragon, and I hope you find it easy to follow.