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Floral Perpetua (Design by Dasa Severova)

Floral Perpetua (Design by Dasa Severova) - Backlit

Floral Perpetua (Design by Dasa Severova) - Backlit

A few weeks ago, Dasa Severova designed a very pretty Perpetua flower design; what’s more is that she also took the pains to take a series of photo diagrams of the folding sequence and share it with everyone.

This floral design is indeed very pretty and if you are at ease with squash folds, and multiple collapses of paper, you should be fine.

Paper to use:
For my rendition, I have used duo colored tant paper measuring 35 cms in size. You can choose to fold this design with Kami paper, tissue foil or any paper you like. Paper measuring a minimum of 9 – 10 inches should be used as this design has a series of folds which will become quite tough if you fold it using a small sheet of paper to begin with.

Floral Perpetua (Design by Dasa Severova)

Floral Perpetua (Design by Dasa Severova)

From the square, you will have to cut out an Octagon, which is what you will begin your folding with. When starting to fold, in case you are using single-side colored paper, remember to start with the colored side facing you / upwards.

The completed model of mine measures approximately 9 inches in size.

How to fold the Floral Perpetua:
Dasa Severova has generously shared the instructional album on Flickr. She has demonstrated 3 levels of collapsing / folding and she does mention that you can increase this number if you feel like it. Tips on variations are also provided by her in the folding sequence.

Have a great week ahead!

Sakura Star (Design by David Martínez)

Sakura Stars (Design by David Martínez)

Sakura Stars (Design by David Martínez)

This weekend, I attempted to fold the Sakura Stars, which are pretty tessellation based stars desgined by David Martínez and are not at all complex to fold.

I came across pictures of the finished model on Flickr and found that the designer had generously also shared the photo diagrams to it!

Paper to Use:
You can fold these stars from Kami, or any paper which is not too thick. You should be able to pre-crease and fold it quite easily without having the folds too stiff. You can also choose to use glassine paper like Mélisande* did for backlighting purposes.

To start with, you would need to cut out a pentagon from your square sheet of paper. For this, you can check out the video David Martínez has linked to (Sara Adams’ instructional video). The paper size you can use should be not less than 6 inches in size at bare minimum. For a first fold, you might want to start with something bigger.

The photo diagrams David Martínez has shared are very detailed and shows all the creases and folds / collapsing sequence required to form these pretty stars.

For my rendition, I used single side colored Kami paper measuring 5 7/8 inches. I have curved the petals slightly to give the it a more “floral” look.

Thank you, David, for sharing the photo diagrams to this pretty model!

Swallow (Design by Sipho Mabona)

Swallow (Design by Sipho Mabona)

Swallow (Design by Sipho Mabona)

This is a design by Sipho Mabona who is well known for his ‘inflatable’ Fugu. The CP for this model (with the belly closed) is available on his website for people to refer to and fold. However, since I am absolutely pathetic at CPs, I gave a go at the Photo diagram, which Grizzlyman uploaded on the Origami Forum. I find diagrams easier to understand.

This photo diagram based model, however, is an earlier / old version of Sipho Mabona’s Swallow – in the sense that it has its belly ‘open’. The look of it, otherwise, it is pretty much the same as compared to his newer model. There are no known diagrams or publications of his work and these crease patterns (which he publishes on his site) remain the only way he shares his work. Grizzlyman attended an Origami Convention in Germany in 2009, in which Sipho Mabona taught this model and with practice, he was able to replicate the design.

Paper to use:
You can opt to use any kind of paper, which will fold easily and not tear – Kraft, Kami, Tant or even Tissue foil. The size of the paper should ideally not be less than 6 inches and if it is your first fold, begin with a square sheet of paper measuring 8 inches. Any of these papers will ‘hold’ the folds and the shape and it is up to you to figure out your favorite paper for this model. The paper chosen should be duo colored at best, since there is no color change involved in this model.

How to fold the Swallow:
Grizzlyman has created and uploaded a 50-photo (step) photo diagram meant to explain the steps in folding Sipho Mabona’s Swallow. It is very helpful and he has also provided captions for each of the images in order to better explain the step(s).

CP for Sipho Mabona’s closed belly version of the Swallow

For the swallow I folded, I made use of Kami paper measuring 8 inches in size (square). I didn’t refer to the CP but instead made use of grizzlyman’s detailed photo diagram. I wet-folded the model to give it a bit of shape, but as you probably know, Kami is not very good for wet-folding or shaping.