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.

Links: Fir trees, Christmas stars, VOG’s book release and more

Little Tokyo, Los Angeles
Little Tokyo, Los Angeles

I have not been folding a lot lately and that is largely due to the fact that I was preparing for an exam and planning a weekend trip to Los Angeles. My hubby & I did end up in Los Angeles last weekend and we had a good time.

We visited Little Tokyo which is a historic district near downtown LA – it is a pretty Japanese themed place where one would be engulfed in Sushi bars, Japanese Kimono and gift shops and really good bakeries. We loved the place and it is one of the highlights of our trip. I managed to do a bit of shopping there and this haul consisted of Origami papers – Kami and Tant from one of the shops in Little Tokyo. I am quite pleased with my loot.

#5 VOG - 50 hours of Origami +

I got back home to find that a lot of things have been published / shared during the last few weeks from various Origamists.

One of the best updates I found was that the much anticipated book – #5 VOG – 50 hours of Origami + – was finally released by Nicolas Terry. You can now purchase it from his online Origami-Shop.com. This book is a collection of designs from members of the Vietnam Origami Group (hence the abbreviation VOG) and has designs ranging from intermediate to complex. It is the first time that such a collection book has been compiled and Nicolas Terry mentions that the effort took approx 3 years by the entire team involved.

Christmas Fir Tree: Sara Adams has recorded yet another instructional video on a magnificent model, in time for the upcoming Holiday Season. It’s none other than Francesco Guarnieri’s Fir tree and this model can be easily folded if you carefully follow the instructions and have the patience. A lot of origamists have already started folding fir trees, preparing for Christmas. You require 5 sheets of Origami paper in all, of varying sizes.

Humprecht’s Star: Tine Blasek has folded some really pretty stars which will make an ideal decoration for the Holiday Season. She has also generously shared the instructions for them.

Sparkle Kusudama: Tadashimori who is well known for his instructional videos on youtube has designed a star themed Sparkle Kusudama for which he has also recorded an instructional video. This can make a very pretty tree topper or left as decoration by itself.

Virgin Mary & Baby Jesus: This is an very nice design and will make a very pretty hanging. This is a rendition of Our Lady of Aparecida who is the patron Saint of Brazil. However, this version has baby Jesus in Her arms and Leyla Torres (of OrigamiSpirit) has also shared instructions on folding baby Jesus as well as ideas on how to make the halo.

These are some of the articles and designs which I found really interesting these past couple of weeks and so I thought of sharing them with you. I am also waiting for my VOG book to reach me along with a handful of special papers I ordered.

Have a great weekend!

Pre-Columbian Style Origami Frog (Design by Leyla Torres)

Pre-Columbian Style Origami Frog (Design by Leyla Torres)

I came across a new blog post by another origamist today, which I think is quite ingenious! It is easy to fold and whats more, the designer, Leyla Torres (of Origami Spirit), has taken the trouble of actually recording an instructional video on folding it, too!

Paper to use:
You can use Kami, tissue foil or any paper of your choice for this model. The folds are simple and if you follow the instructional video, you will be able to fold this frog quite easily.

I have used duo-colored (or rather, printed) Kami paper measuring approximately 8 inches in size. You can also use single-side colored paper to fold this model.

How to fold this pre-columbian style frog:
Leyla Torres, the designer has generously shared an instructional video on the folding sequence. You can find it below, too:

Waves Icosahedron (Design by Meenakshi Mukerji)

Waves Icosahedron (Design by Meenakshi Mukerji)
Waves Icosahedron (Design by Meenakshi Mukerji)

It’s been a while since I did some serious folding, so to get back into the groove of things, I decided to attempt a modular.

I chose to fold Meenakshi Mukerji’s Waves which is a very pretty design if you get the color combination right. You can fold this design using tant, foil or even Kami paper, but the best option as per Sara Adams is tant paper. This is because tant is heavier than kami and foil. Using foil paper, you should be careful with the folding, as foil creases and leaves marks on the surface very easily. With Kami, it is troublesome to keep the units together during assembly which is why Sara Adams advises the use of binder clips (the small variety) at the time of assembly.

This model is fun to fold – requiring 30 units, with each unit folded from a strip if paper.

Paper to use:
I used 10 sheets of single side colored kami paper for my rendition of the model. Each of the sheets I cut into thirds, so I made 3 units of a single color from a single sheet. You would need 30 units in all and the sheets can be single side colored or double, it really doesn’t matter at all.

How to fold this model:
Sara Adams has generously shared an instructional video with us on the folding sequence and assembly of this model. Meenakshi Mukerji has given her the permission for this. You will also find the instructions to this model on Meenakshi Mukerji’s Origami Site

You will also find the diagrams to this model in Meenakshi Mukerji’s 2010 released book – Origami Inspirations.

Pasted below is the instructional video by Sara Adams:

Ringed Tailed Lemur (Design by Román Díaz)

Ringed Tailed Lemur (Design by Román Díaz)
Ringed Tailed Lemur (Design by Román Díaz)

This is one of the designs which I had started folding a couple of weeks ago but got distracted with new paper and books and left it mid way. 🙂

I have begun to leave a lot of models folded only half-way through so I have now decided not to start off on any new designs or folding until I wrap up those.

This is a model from Román Díaz’s book – #3 Origami Essence – and is tagged as a level 4 category of designs. It is slightly complex with the numerous layered folds, rabbit ears and shaping involved. There are 61 steps in all, and this includes the shaping.

The model requires a lot of shaping at the end in order to give it a slightly 3D look. Hence, the paper you select for this design must be ‘flexible’ and allow for shaping without breaking / tearing apart at the edges. This is especially important because when you are at the end of the folding sequence, you will find that there are man layers that you need to fold through and tuck in, which if you have selected plain Kami or thicker variety, will make it very difficult.

 

I have not wet-folded my rendition of Román Díaz’s Ring-tail Lemur. Instead, I have selected special washi paper – Deluxe Washi BROWN – 10 sheets – which I purchased from origami-shop.com.

This paper is extremely ‘shapable’ and you do not need to wet-fold at all. However, errors in folding are quick to show as the gold foil on the reverse layer peels off with tension. So it’s a good idea to practice your folding before trying with this sort of paper.

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Paper to use:
While Román Díaz, in his book, mentioned that this design of his can be folded with double-tissue paper which is Duo colored i.e. beige on one side and black on the other side, I have used Duo-colored deluxe washi paper which is gold foiled on one side and chocolate brown on the other side. This paper measures 35 cms square and the final model (post folding), measure approx 7 inches in height (taking into account the curling tail) and 3.5 inches across.

How to fold the Ringed Tailed Lemur:
Diagrams to this model are available in Román Díaz’s book – #3 Origami Essence. The book is incredible and will make a good Origami book collection. There are many models to fold from this book for all levels of complexity. JM Tutorials has also created a helpful tutorial on this model, you can find it on his YouTube channel.