Veiltail Angelfish (Design by Satoshi Kamiya)

Veiltail Angelfish (Design by Satoshi Kamiya)
Satoshi Kamiya's Veiltail Angelfish

This is a design which has been on my Origami To-Do list for quite some time, now. I have been putting it off for as long as I can remember because I know that I usually sit with complex models for a really long time to complete them.

This took me 4 hours over 2 Sundays to complete it – not folding it continuously. There are 114 steps in all, not counting the repeats – and this is where, I daresay, I got side-tracked and delayed the completion of it.

Pack Tissue-foil Papers - 24 sheets - 30x30cm (11.8

Paper to use:
This model is best folded with pliable, thin paper because of the numerous layers and folding techniques involved. I have folded my rendition in Metallic Foil paper which I purchased from Nicolas Terry’s – Pack Tissue-foil Papers – 24 sheets – 30x30cm (11.8″x11.8″) – measuring 30 cms in size, single side colored. I found it easy to fold and shape the model (note the ‘pleating’ for the fins) in the end with this paper.

How to Fold the Veiltail Angelfish:
The diagrams to this amazing design are in the Tanteidan Magazine # 120 which you can back order from Japan Origami Society as well as in Origami Works of Satoshi Kamiya 3. This is a complex design to fold and is not for beginners and those who are not experienced in folding sinks, collapses and other complicated folds / techniques.

The end result is really pretty and will make a nice show piece on your Origami shelf. I enjoyed folding this model, even though there were a lot of repetitions involved in the process. The ending steps for shaping the design is the main part of the folding process which gives this fish a very delicate characteristic.

Yellowtail (Farmed) (Design by Katsuta Kyohei)

Yellowtail (Farmed) (Design by Katsuta Kyohei)
Yellowtail (Farmed) (Design by Katsuta Kyohei)

I have seen a few folds of this model on Flickr recently which tempted me to give folding this model a try. This is the first design of Katsuta Kyohei I attempted and this is also my first fold.

I have been wanting to fold this design for quite sometime now and for some reason have always been pushing it away – either the appropriate paper, time, and a load of other distractions. Choosing to fold this model on a lazy Sunday was a good decision because it felt good that I actually did end up folding a complex model instead of an easier one.

I am very happy with the way my rendition of Katsuta Kyohei’s Yellowtail Farmed fish has come out; this was my first fold of this design, too. 🙂

Paper to use:
This design makes use of color changes (see the belly of the fish) – so it would be wise to select paper which is duo colored i.e. colored both sides and one side preferably colored a different shade. For my folding, I used metallic Tissue foil paper which is considerably fine and makes it easy to give the final shaping touches. I had purchased this paper from Paper Source a few months ago.

If you do not have Tissue foil with you, I’d suggest kraft paper which is colored on both sides (different colors). The common origami paper will not give it a nice finish once you are done with your folding so that’s why I wouldn’t recommend that you use it. Washi paper might be a good option, but I haven’t given it a try. So, if you do, do let me know.

The finished model you see in the accompanying image has been folded from 35 cm sized square sheet of tissue foil paper. It has a slightly darker silvery-grey color on the other side which makes it quite alright to use in color changing models.

How to fold this model:
Katsuta Kyohei’s Yellowtail farmed fish diagrams are published in Origami Tanteidan Magazine # 116 – Vol 20, 2009. Other than this source, I do not know of any books in which it has been published. You can purchase the book (Vol 20, Issues 115 – 120) from Origami House Japan.

This is indeed a very nice model to fold and having ~83 steps its for folders who are comfortable with folding intermediate and slightly complex origami.

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.