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.

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. 🙂

Sheep (Design by Hideo Komatsu)

Sheep (Design by Hideo Komatsu)
Sheep (Design by Hideo Komatsu)

This weekend I chose to fold Hideo Komatsu’s Sheep, the diagrams of which are available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine # 105. If you are interested in folding this model from a CP, you can find the CP in Origami Tanteidan Magazine # 93.

There are 112 steps in all and this model can be categorized as Complex in the level of difficulty. I used a 9 inch square sheet of Tissue fur backed with natural fur paper on one side. Both of which, I have purchased from Nicolas Terry’s origami shop, not long ago.

For the duo colored paper, I came up with a new idea this time around. I ‘recycled’ an old origami model – Román Díaz’s Oveja – to use for Hideo Komatsu’s model. What I did was to open up Román Díaz’s model, which was folded out of black colored (both sides) natural fur paper, straighten out the creases by hand and then, by placing a handkerchief over it, iron it out to smoothen the sheet. I must say this turned out pretty well and I guess it can only be done for sheets which are used for simple models. I then pasted this, using common glue, to the back of the ivory colored tissue fur paper.

This looked great when finished even though the glue took some time to dry up. Overall, I am pleased with the way the model turned out, except for the Sheep’s face – for which the paper became too thick to make any distinct folds.

How to fold this model:
JM Origami Tutorials has got a nice video on the folding sequence on his YouTube channel.

White Rhino (Design by Quentin Trollip)

White Rhino 1 (Design by Quentin Trollip)
White Rhino 1 (Design by Quentin Trollip)

I received my order of Quentin Trollip’s book – #4 Origami Sequence – this week and was faced with the usual dilemma – what to fold first from it? After a lot of deliberation, I settled for the White Rhino which the last diagram in the book. The fact that I had no good paper for the great color changes which are the hallmark for most of the models in the book was also a big factor 😉

White Rhino 2 (Design by Quentin Trollip)
White Rhino 2 (Design by Quentin Trollip)

This model is categorized as complex by the author – Quentin Trollip – and has 86 steps diagrammed to the finished model. The model is best wet folded while foil and Kami will also work. A 35 cm square sheet of paper is suggested for folding this model, colored gray on both sides.

I have used a 35 cm square sheet of Tant paper, colored gray on both sides. I have wet folded it at the end in order to give it the shape and curves. It took me around 3.5 hours to fold this model in total, and I didn’t fold it continuously during this time. This is my first fold of this model. I found the diagrams easy to follow and quite clear.

How to fold this model:
JM Origami Tutorials has a good video on the folding sequence. You should check out his YouTube channel, too – it has got a great collection of clear and easy to follow tutorials on different levels of origami models.

Chef Rat and Spoon (Design by Nguyen Hung Cuong)

Chef Rat and Spoon
Chef Rat and Spoon

This is a design inspired by the animated film Ratatouille, I suppose. 🙂 This model has been designed and diagrammed by Nguyen Hung Cuong in 2008. The diagrams for this model is available in OUSA Convention book 2008 whereas the CP for this model is available on Origami Artists.

This is my first fold using the CP and following the instructions in OUSA 2008. I started out with the CP and then used the diagrams as a guide to complete the folding process. I know this is a round about method, but I was too lazy to do either one alone.

Paper to use:
I used a square sheet of copy paper measuring approx 7 inches in size. The finished model came out to be not more than 4.5 inches so I think a larger sized paper would yield better results.

How to fold the model:
Diagrams to this model are available in OUSA 2008 convention book whereas the CP is available for download on
Nguyen Hung Cuong’s Page on Origami Artists. The instructions for the spoon are only available in OUSA 2008 convention book.

Mariano Zavala also has a detailed tutorial on folding this model. It is a multi-part video series, so please take a look at this YouTube channel.

I like the way the model is designed with color change for the chef hat and the facial features. But since I used copy paper, I couldn’t show the color change in this fold of mine. This is definitely a model to fold again with a better choice of paper.