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The Last Waltz (Design by Neal Elias)

The Last Waltz (Design by Neal Elias)

The Last Waltz (Design by Neal Elias)

It was my good friend’s birthday this month and I knew had to get her something really special for it. I remembered she always mentioned this particular design and how much she liked it whenever the talk of Origami or other hobbies came up. So, I decided to fold Neal Elias’ the Last Waltz for her as a gift.

This is a design I had first folded some two years ago. It was a challenging model at that time as I had only just started folding slightly complex designs and this was my first box pleat based model, too.

This time around however, I didn’t use kraft paper but instead chose a fine printed paper which was very similar to Lokta and pasted a sheet of a dull gold tissue foil paper in order to get the duo-colored effect. It was also a lot easier to fold the second time around. 🙂

Paper to use:
Since I wanted that the completed model be at least some 6 inches in height, I cut out sheets measuring 12″ X 36″ approximately. After pasting and allowing the paper to set, it took me about 3.5 hours to fold this model with an additional half an hour to properly shape the hair, the skirt and the arms.

I really enjoyed folding this model once again and am glad that I chose a prettier paper this time around to take advantage of the color change effect.

How to fold Neal Elias’ The Last Waltz:
Sara Adams has recorded a really good instructional video on this design – it’s 5 videos long but she explains all the steps, including the Elias stretch and that ‘oh-so-tricky’ fold for the groom’s legs really well.

Oh, and my friend loved the gift, in the end and was really happy with it. Here are some pics from her Birthday, too – with the gift. 😀

The Birthday Girl - Nisha

The Birthday Girl - Nisha

The Birthday Girl & Me

The Birthday Girl & Me

‘The Last Waltz’ (Design by Neal Elias)

The Last Waltz (Design by Neal Elias)

'The Last Waltz' (Design by Neal Elias)

'The Last Waltz (Design by Neal Elias)

'The Last Waltz' (Design by Neal Elias)

This is my first fold of Neal Elias’ ‘The Last Waltz’; folded out of duo colored kraft paper. It is definitely for the advanced folder and requires that your creases are precise and crisp in order to have the model aligned properly towards the end.

It took me around 6 hours to fold this model (with a break in between, no doubt) and I followed Sara Adams’ helpful instructional video to fold this model. I have kept the legs of the ‘man’ in the model straight in my version of it, but one can give the legs a slight bend to mimic the dance step and add aesthetics to the model.

Paper to use:
In my case, I bought bottle green duo colored kraft paper from Michaels last week and thought of trying it out on this model. The paper size should be in the ratio of 1:3 and I have taken a sheet of kraft paper measuring 12 inches x 36 inches in size. The final model in my case turned out to be approx. 8 inches in size. I wanted a larger model to keep on my table, and hence the larger sized paper.

How to fold this model:
Sara Adams’ has recorded a pretty detailed instructional video on this particular model and you can refer to it, too. She suggests a paper size of 6 inches x 18 inches which makes the final model being approx. 4 inches in size.

For more of Neal Elias’ work, you can refer to this website which is an online tribute to him.