Murex (Design by Robert J. Lang)

Murex (Design by Robert J. Lang)
Murex (Design by Robert J. Lang)

This weekend, I thought I’d try something from John Montroll and Robert Lang’s book – Origami Sea Life. I ended up selecting a design from the mollusks section, designed by Robert J. Lang.

This particular design is known as the Murex and they are really pretty and therefor the most sought after by shell collectors. These shells are identified by their spiky projections and frills; this particular model is called ‘Venus’ Comb’ and has a single row of spikes or needles on the opening to it.

I have used a 9 inch square sheet of paper single side colored and started folding it with the white or blank side facing me. There are approximately 55 to 60 steps in folding this particular model. Some of the steps are repeated in the middle. It takes around an hour to fold this model and some more time to shape it, if you will.

The part which you need to pay special attention to, whilst folding is the ‘legs’ section which has a lot of reverse folds incorporated in it. Hence, it can get a bit confusing at this point. The rest of the steps are pretty easy to follow. One point worth noting is that your folds should be crisp and smooth without any ‘crumpling’. This makes the folding a lot easier when it comes to the legs section.

The finished model is about 70% of the sheet of paper you have initially started off with, so based on this you can experiment with smaller or larger sized paper. Using sheets smaller than 6 inches will pose a real problem in my opinion, as there are a lot of intricate folds involved. So it’s best to start off with 6 inches or larger as you would like.

The legs section certainly has room for improvement in my case, which I will definitely address the next time I fold this model.

Origami Sea Shells (Design by T. Kawasaki)

Sea Shells (Design by T. Kawasaki)
Sea Shells (Design by T. Kawasaki)

Toshikazu Kawasaki has designed this seashell and is made out of a single sheet of paper. For this I have used a 6” sheet of Origami paper. You can vary the size of your seashell by using a different paper size.

This design is from the book Origami for the Connoisseur, by Kunihiko Kasahara. This book contains a variety of folding methods and models by a range of popular Origamists. This is however, not a beginner’s book and one need to know the basics of Origami as well as accustomed to folding intermediate origami models.

A part of this model will remind you of Tomoko Fuse’s ‘Espiral’ (Spiral), as the design is almost identical.

Tips for folding this model:
1. The paper you use should be of an appropriate size. Anything too small will make folds difficult and could result in the ‘breakage’ of paper. 6″ or more sized, square sheet of paper.
2. Avoid using flimsy paper, as this will make it impossible to hold the folds in place.

How to Fold T. Kawasaki’s Seashell: has a detailed video on folding a Kawasaki Seashell – by Origamiguy91 – which is very helpful.