Rabbit (Design by Tai, Hsi-Min)

Rabbit (Design by Tai, Hsi-Min)
Rabbit (Design by Tai, Hsi-Min)

It was last week that Tai, Hsi-Min posted pictures of a really cute little rabbit. The first thing which came to your mind when you saw it was imagining it in a green meadow twitching its nose.

It is designed with a pose similar to that of Robert Lang’s Rabbit but Tai, Hsi-Min’s design can be folded in 40 steps. No details as regards to the paper size and type of paper are indicated on his site, but it sure looks like he has chosen tissue fur to fold the Rabbit.

Paper used:
I, for one, attempted to fold this model using Tissue fur of a pearly white color, duo-colored. I chose tissue fur based paper due to the fact that some amount of shaping was required for the rabbit’s ears, face and back. The size of the paper I used is 15 cms or approx 6 inches, square. I started folding the rabbit with the tissue or shiny side up, so that’s what you see in the accompanying picture.

How to fold the Rabbit:
Tai, Hsi-Min has created and shared clear diagrams on his Flickr account. They are pretty easy to follow and clearly indicate the various folds and that you need to start with the color side facing you (in case you are using a single side colored paper). One thing you have got to be careful with when following the diagrams is the alignment and orientation of the in progress model. The indicators to ‘turn over’ the model whilst folding is missing in some of the diagrams. But then again, its not all that big a deal.

Jo Nakashima has a good instructional video for this model on his YouTube channel, too.

I folded this Rabbit for my husband, whose favorite animal it is, and he wanted it in a shade of white. 🙂

Bull (Design by Stephan Weber)

Bull (Design by Stephen Weber)
Bull (Design by Stephan Weber)

This model reminds me of the Bronze Bull on Wall Street, New York and is a very good model for those who would like to play around with wet-folding and shaping. Designed by Stephan Weber, the diagrams to this model are available in the Origami Tanteidan #11 book which is available at Nicolas Terry’s Origami-Shop.

I chose to fold this model with tissue fur which I got from Origami-Shop and this is the first time I am folding with such paper. I was hoping that the model will not look too ‘flimsy’ in the end and that the ‘fibers’ in the paper will enhance the finished model.

Overall, I am quite pleased with the way this model turned out. There is as always, room for improvement as this is my first fold of this model.

How to fold this Model:

Mariano Zavala of MarianoZavalaOrigami has created a detailed and very helpful instructional video on folding this model.

Oveja (Design by Román Díaz)

Oveja / Sheep (Design by Roman Diaz)
Oveja / Sheep (Design by Roman Diaz)

This is a real cute model designed by none other than Román Díaz which he has kindly shared in an online Origami Journal – 4 Esquinas (4 Corners).

The design is pretty much simple and the diagram very easy to follow. There are 21 steps in all and the model itself can be categorized as simple. This publication is planned on a quarterly format and an online version will be made available only, for now. It invites contributions from all its viewers and followers and is a Spanish language publication. All articles and diagrams if contributed in English or non-Spanish, will be translated into Spanish language and published, if chosen.

This is the first Publication which has been published and is available for a download on their blog. It contains crease patterns, articles, reports and diagrams. I am sure you will like to follow this blog!

Paper to use for this model – Oveja / Sheep:
For my model, I have chosen tissue fur which I purchased from Origami-Shop. Its a duo-colored black paper which I am trying out for the first time.

If you do not have this kind of paper, you can also use kraft paper, kami / common origami paper which is single side colored so as to give the look of a white sheep with pink ears. 🙂 I decided to make mine the black sheep 😉

How to fold this model:
Román Díaz has generously shared the diagrams to this model in this quarter’s publication of 4 Esquinas, which you will be able to download here.

I hope you enjoy folding this model.