Origami Turtle (Design by Robert J. Lang)

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

The well-known Origamist – Robert J. Lang, has designed this Origami Turtle model; it can be categorized as intermediate in terms of level of complexity. The crease pattern / steps for this model is detailed out in the book – Origami Design Secrets: Mathematical Methods for an Ancient Art
– by Robert J. Lang.

What you need:
You would need a sheet of Origami paper measuring 7” or 8 1/4”. In this image, I have used Origami Paper Animal Prints 8 1/4″, by Tuttle Publishing.

However, one can also use single – side colored paper as well as wrapping paper (which is not foil like or very thin).

How to fold this model:
YouTube.com once again is the source for an instructional video for Lang’s Turtle. Mari Michaelis has taken the pains to record and share a very helpful and detailed video on folding the Turtle.

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:
YouTube.com has a detailed video on folding a Kawasaki Seashell – by Origamiguy91 – which is very helpful.

Origami Fish (Goldfish)

This is a model, which will appeal to beginners of Origami. All that it requires, is a printed / patterned square sheet of paper of 6” or so and some patience!

This model is from the book – Origami, by Hideaki Sakata.

How to fold a goldfish:

Please click on “Play” on the YouTube video below in order to view the Origami fish folding instructions.

Decorating Ideas:

1. A ‘Fishy’ Curtain:
– Measure the length of your window or door and cut fine thread, the length of this.
– You can string multiple fish on a thin string by threading their fin ends. Maintain appropriate gaps between the fish on a single string.
– Cut and thread as many thread(s) and fish as would cover a required portion or the entire window or doorway.
– Attach the top ends of these strings (with the fish thread on them) to your curtain rod or simply stick them on the top of the doorframe or pelmet!

2. School Project: An Aquarium
For all the school going kids, here is an idea for you.
– Make as many fish as you would like to fit in your home made artificial aquarium. You can color them in appropriate patters, or use pretty wrapping paper for more variety.
– Take an old shoe box (with it’s cover off). Clean it up nicely with a dust cloth.
– Cut up aquarium “plants” out of green washi paper or any other normal solid colored paper.
– Collect a few pebbles or small stones from outside. If you can, also bring in a little sand. Else, use brown colored paper.
– Take a blue colored paper and line it up (using glue) in the inside of the shoe box (leaving the bottom of the shoe-box paper free).
– For the bottom of your shoe box, use the sand which you got from outside or brown paper and using glue, stick it to the bottom (of the inside) of the shoe box.
– Now its time to stick ur green “aquarium plants” at appropriate places in ur aquarium.
– You can add the little pebbles / stones you have collected too. Place them (use very few of these) around the bottom of the box.
– Using fine string, thread the ends of each of the fish you have folded. You need to measure the length of the string with the width of the shoe box. You can vary the length depending on how you want to place the fish.
– Stick the ends on the inside – top of the shoe box. Else, with a needle, thread the string through the top of the shoe box and tie a knot to the ends which protrude from it.
– You can decorate the outside of your aquarium (the back of it) in case you would prefer it that way.

– You can measure the size of the card as 2″ x 8″ in measurement.
– Stick it at the top of a rectangular piece of card.

4. Other ideas…
– Stick a magnet at the back of a fish and use them as fridge magnets.
– Stick it at the top of your pencils, to use them as pencil toppers.
– To decorate a notice board.