Inoshishigami – The Divine Boar (Design by Satoshi Kamiya)

Inoshishigami – The Divine Boar (Design by Satoshi Kamiya)

I found this to be a challenging model to fold given the multiple delicate pre-creases. For this model, taken from Satoshi Kamiya’s first book of origami diagrams – Works of Satoshi KAMIYA. I used 2 sheets of tissue paper, which I stuck together using methyl cellulose.

This was the first time I prepared paper using MC and I was quite happy with the outcome. I used a 3 inch brush to apply the MC paste across the tissue paper and kept the papers to dry for a couple of days before I started folding this model. The paper is still thin and delicate, which made the initial pre-creasing a bit difficult for me. However, given the multiple layers involved in this design, especially for the limbs and the ‘pleats’ on the boar’s back, I would still recommend a thin paper. Once you prepare the MC mixture, if you have any remaining after preparing your double tissue paper, you can store it for your next use.

This is my first fold of this model and it took me about 2 weeks to complete it since I work on it only at nights for a few hours. I wanted to try preparing my own paper for complex models and folding Satoshi Kamiya’s Divine boar gave me the opportunity to test it with intricate folds. I liked the outcome of my first fold and enjoyed folding this design. The paper I used was Darice 100-Piece Premium Quality Tissue Gift Wrapping Paper and I used Lineco Methyl Cellulose Adhesive to paste two of these tissue papers together. The size of the paper I used was a square sheet measuring 20 inches. The size of the finished model is approximately 5 inches by 8 inches.

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Instructions to prepare double tissue paper:
Sara Adams of HappyFolding has created a detailed video on preparing double tissue paper. I found this easy to follow and clear with instructions.

How to Fold Satoshi Kamiya’s Divine Boar:
The diagrams to this model can be found in Works of Satoshi KAMIYA. Mariano Zavala has created a fantastic instructional video for this model, too. I have used it as a reference for some of the tricky folds for this model and found it to be very helpful. He has painstakingly explained the intricate folds and is very clear in showing the steps. It is a 2 part instructional video which you can find on his YouTube channel.

Eagle Ray (Design by Satoshi Kamiya)

Eagle Ray (Design by Satoshi Kamiya)
Eagle Ray (Design by Satoshi Kamiya)

I wanted to fold something different this week, so I decided to fold Satoshi Kamiya’s Eagle Ray from his book – Works of Satoshi KAMIYA. I have not folded anything from this book, to tell you honestly, besides the ‘Yellow Bird‘. I find almost all of the models pretty intricate, complex and time consuming to hold. So I end up closing the book and looking for something else to fold.

Paper to use:
In the book, it is suggested that a square sheet of paper measuring 15cm x 15cm be used for this model. I used common Kami paper as this is my first fold of this model. You can try folding this with tant or any other thin paper of your choice, too. The kami paper I used in the image above is single-side colored i.e. grey on one side and white on the other. You need to start folding with the white side facing upwards (towards you). I have wet folded my rendition of the model to give it a more ‘swimming’ or ‘flowing’ look. This is of course, an optional step.

How to fold this model:
Works of Satoshi KAMIYA

As you would be very well aware by now, Satoshi Kamiya does not wish to have any instructional videos created / recorded of his work. So, in order to fold this model, you would need to have the book. This book, Works of Satoshi KAMIYA might I mention, is well worth it because it has a diagrams to a lot of complex models. The diagrams to the Bahamut Dragon, Ancient Dragon and Divine Boar are also included in this book. However, I should add that this book is for experienced folders only. There are no simple and lower intermediate models in it, at all – all of the models are complex.