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Valentine (Design by Robert J. Lang)

Valentine (Design by Robert J. Lang)

Valentine (Design by Robert J. Lang)

This particular design has been on my to-do list for quite a while, now and what better time to fold it than February when most people are head over heels in sending out Valentine’s.

As with any design of Robert Lang, this is a great design with remarkable detail and incorporates precise folds and even color changes. I enjoyed folding this and this is, in fact, my first fold of the model.

Paper to use:
The best paper to use for this would probably be duo-colored tissue foil or even if you want to paste a contrasting colored sheet of paper to red unryu, it would make a nice sheet to fold. I haven’t tried any of these, but I would definitely think of these options the next time I fold this.

Since this was my first fold, I used common Kami paper measuring 9 inches in size, which wasn’t duo-colored unfortunately. The folding sequence involves reverse folds and small sinks ate the end in order to hold the heart together or flat, rather.

How to fold Robert Lang’s Valentine:

Origami Design Secrets - Second Edition

The diagrams to this design can be found in Robert Lang’s books – Origami Design Secrets – Second Edition.

Sara Adams has created a 4 part instructional video on folding this model. She has explained the folding sequence very nicely and provides helpful points on the tricky sinks, reverse folds and such.

Have a great week ahead!

Origami Baby (Design by Robert J. Lang)

Origami Baby (Design by Robert J. Lang)

Origami Baby (Design by Robert J. Lang)

This is a design by Robert J. Lang from his book – Origami Design Secrets: Mathematical Methods for an Ancient Art – which was released last year. It is an intermediate model and not all that difficult to fold. It is advisable to fold this model from a slightly larger sheet of paper as your first try , before settling down for a small sheet.

In order to get the color changes for the ‘pamper’ of the baby, you should select a duo colored paper, colored a different shade on either side. Since I did not have such a sheet, I chose a single side colored paper.

Origami Baby (Design by Robert J.Lang)

Origami Baby

Paper to use:
You can use kami, Tissue foil or any paper of your choice. Choose a thin paper as there are a lot of folds involved in the middle of the model – for the body of the baby. There are approximately 40 steps or so in the folding sequence.

How to fold the Origami Baby:
The diagrams for this model are available in Robert Lang’s Origami Design Secrets which you can purchase from Amazon.com or from Nicolas Terry’s Origami-Shop.com.

Origami Wall Hangings

Bird Wall Hanging (Design by various)

Bird Wall Hanging (Design by various)

This weekend, I thought of decorating the hall room up a bit with my Origami. All of the models I had folded till date were getting stacked on a shelf at home or at my desk at work and I thought I’d do something about it. I made a simple ‘bird hanging’ with some of the bird models I had folded. This was a simple one, with no fancy beading or other trinkets.

I used the Owl by Hideo Komatsu, the Cranes by Eric Joisel as well as Robert J. Lang’s Songbird I to make this. In addition to this, I also attached the Icosahedral Model Sonobe by Paolo Bascetta.

Wall Hanging Icosahedron (Design by Paolo Bascetta)

Wall Hanging Icosahedron (Design by Paolo Bascetta)

For the second hanging, I used a single model, which is the Icosahedron designed by Richard Sweeney. This I had made using regular printing / copier paper which I then spray painted a variety of colors in order to make it look better. I opted to use natural beads for this hanging, which I purchased from Michaels (The Craft Shop). I also picked up ribbons which I used for this hanging.

All of the origami models in the two hangings are ‘threaded’ through using common sewing/stitching thread. If you follow the links in this post, it will take you to the individual posts for each of the models mentioned here. You will then be able to follow the folding instructions / source of diagrams.

Songbird I (Design by Robert J. Lang)

Songbird I

Songbird I (Design by Robert J. Lang)

This is a model from the book – Origami Design Secrets: Mathematical Methods for an Ancient Art, by Robert J. Lang – which I had purchased recently. I found this model quite complicated where the feet of the bird are concerned but managed to fold that part out to near satisfaction.

Songbird I

Songbird I

This model has 56 steps with some of these repeating for the feet. I have used kraft paper measuring approximately 10 inches in size to fold this model. It took me a bit of time to fold this as I used to spend a little time each day on this. But I guess, this model can be folded well within 2 hours of time.

How to fold the model:
Jonakashima has recorded a very good instructional video on folding Songbird I, with the permission of Robert J. Lang. I hope you find it easy to follow.

I am not very pleased with the way the model I have folded has turned out, I think its the kraft paper I used which made the folding of the feet a bit of a problem.

Lizard (Design by Robert J. Lang)

Lizard 1 (Design by Robert J. Lang)

Lizard 1 (Design by Robert J. Lang)

I received the book – Origami Design Secrets: Mathematical Methods for an Ancient Art – last week and was eager to try out something from it. I chose this Lizard to start off with, as besides being less tricky, I have never folded any reptile so far.

Lizard 2 (Design by Robert J. Lang)

Lizard 2 (Design by Robert J. Lang)

This is a great book to have and I would recommend buying it, too, as the Author – Robert J. Lang – explains in detail how he has designed his various models as well as provides tips and ideas into designing your own model.

Paper to use:
This model will require a bit of wet folding, so it is better to select paper which is thicker than your regular kami. I selected duo colored green kraft paper which is thicker and makes wet folding easier. You can also use single side colored, too – you will have start with the colored side up in this case. The sheet I started folding with measured 10 inches in size (square).

This model is referred to as “lizard, opus 337” on Robert Lang’s website. The only diagram to this – as far as I know – exists in the book “Origami Design Secrets”.

This model has around 45 steps to complete and most of them are sinks. I would place this model as an intermediate level model.