Braided Corona Star (Design by Maria Sinayskaya)

Braided Corona Star
Braided Corona Star (Design by Maria Sinayskaya)

 

I folded this braided star this weekend by following Sara Adams’ instructional video on her site. This is a pretty easy to fold design and you can fold it with almost any kind of paper available. Contrasting colors will make it look great and I chose a maroon and rose colored combination of Tant paper for my rendition.

Paper to Use:

You can use any kind of paper you have, contrasting colors are preferred. I have used 7.5 inch square sheets of Tant paper to fold this model and I used 8 sheets in all – 4 sheets of the Maroon color and 4 sheets of the rose colored paper. The braided star is quick to fold and one can easily interlock the various units, too.

 

How to fold Maria Sinayskaya’s Braided Corona Star:

Sara Adams has recorded a very good instructional on folding this pretty model. The directions are clear and she gives a clear perspective of the finished model vs. the size of the paper used. In her video, she has used 8 sheets of 3 in square Kami papers and the finished model is approx. 4 in in size.

Buddha (Design by Dang Viet Tan)

Buddha (Design by Dang Viet Tan)
Buddha (Design by Dang Viet Tan)

I have been rather lazy in folding these past few months and I always think that I will improve with the coming weekend and get back into the groove. Well there have been many weekends which have gone by and by now, you would know how many models I have actually folded. 😉

Last weekend, however, I picked up the #5 VOG: 50 hours of Origami + and started looking for something to fold – and Dang Viet Tan’s Buddha caught my eye. Looking at it, you would think it would be a ~100 odd step design with numerous complex folds – but this one is different. It takes 2 sheets of paper and the folding sequence is quick and not at all complicated.

Paper to use:
I used 2 sheets of square shaped, duo-colored Tant paper, each measuring 30 cms in size. I chose these 2 colors – yellow and maroon – as I wanted to match the colors / shades of the attire the Buddhist Monks wear. Using tant paper did not give me any problems while folding this model, given the paper’s thickness. I have also seen this model folded with tissue foil paper, so if you are comfortable with using that, you can do so.

Folding Dang Viet Tan’s Buddha:
The folding instructions consists of 2 sequences – 1 each for the Lotus and the Buddha. The instructions are available in #5 VOG: 50 hours of Origami + and you can buy it from Nicolas Terry’s Origami-Shop.com.

This is a very interesting design to fold and I am pretty happy with the result.

Star Helena (Design by Carmen Sprung)

Star Helena (Design by Carmen Sprung)
Star Helena (Design by Carmen Sprung)

Sara Adams posted a new instructional video and I just couldn’t wait to get started on folding it. I really like the way the star comes together with the color changing variation and the fact that this model requires only one sheet of paper to fold.

Paper to Use:
You can fold this model with Kami, tant, tissue foil or even nice wrapping paper. However, you should keep in mind that if you are going to use this as a CD or DVD cover, the paper would have to be thicker than a fine tissue paper.

I used yellow colored Tant paper and pasted a thin sheet of red tissue paper on one side in order to have a color changing design. The paper was quite alright to fold and I didn’t face any problems with the thickness.

When making an octagon, one has to be precise and as Sara reiterated in her instructional video, you have to make crisp, sharp folds and precisely, too, in order to have a perfectly folded model. If you see my finished model in the picture, you will see that some folds are slightly off, and this is because my octagon was not cut accurately.

How to Fold this Design:

The diagrams to this model can be found in Carmen Sprung’s book – 21 Origami Sterne – which you can purchase from OrigamiUSA’s The Source. Also, Sara Adams has taken the effort to record a very good instructional video on folding this design.

Heart-Flower box (Design by Carlos Aguilar)

Heart-Flower Box (Design by Carlos Aquilar)
Heart-Flower Box (Design by Carlos Aquilar)

 

This is a design which was published in Leyla Torres’ Origami Spirit a few days ago. I absolutely love the ‘petals’ of this box and the fact that I can use it to store tit bits and with Easter right round the corner – Chocolate Eggs! 😀

I have folded a container or box origami design after simply ages and that is only because I am not usually a fan of the four sided models. However, this particular design caught my eye and I simply had to get busy with it.

Paper to use:

I have used square duo-colored tant paper measuring 15 cms to fold this pretty container. However, in the instructional video you will see that Leyla Torres starts off with a slightly larger 18 cms square sheet of paper. I would recommend not using a square any smaller than 15 cms coz this would make the end model really small. A 15cms square sheet of paper results in a 4.5 inch sized end model / container.

You can choose between single side colored or duo-colored and experiment with other kinds of paper, too. Avoid really thin / filmsy paper such as tissue paper, as you need a slight thickness to the paper in order to have the ‘petals’ standing out as you see in the image above.

 

How to fold this model:

Leyla Torres has recorded a very good instructional video on her origami blog – OrigamiSpirit – and shared it with all her readers. She goes through each of the steps in a detailed manner and you will find the video very easy to follow.

 

Now, all I have to do is go get some fancy Chocolate Eggs for Easter and I am all set! 🙂

Rose (Design by Evi Binzinger)

Rose (Design by Evi Binzinger)
Rose (Design by Evi Binzinger)

This is a design diagrammed and shared by Evi Binzinger on Flickr. This design is a lot easier than other Rose designs out there, but there is effort required to get the curves for the petals especially – as with all origami floral designs which emphasize on the beauty and bloom of the flower.

I found this design quite easy to fold and shape – the folding sequence is easy to follow and the instructions are very clear. You can combine this design with a design for leaves by other origami designers to get a prettier look, too.

Paper to use:
The designer suggests the use of foiled paper, wet folded paper and duo colored paper for folding this model. I used 15cm sized square sheet of duo colored tant paper which I purchased from a quaint little Japanese shop in Little Tokyo, LA, a few weeks ago.

How to fold this pretty rose:
The designer – Evi Binzinger – has taken the trouble of diagramming the folding sequence for this design and has also generously shared them on Flickr.

 

Have a great week ahead!