Dec 23, 2012

The Magic Rose Cube

The Magic Rose Cube is a very clever and beautiful model, created by Valerie Vann. The cube blooms by lifting the paper on the faces, transforming the cube into a rose blossom.
The Magic Rose Cube
The diagrams can be found in the book Geometric Origami Kit: The Art of Modular Paper Sculpture, by M. LaFosee and R. Alexander.
The model is designed to be folded with paper that is the same color on both sides, like copy paper (see the picture above), but it also looks nice if folded with patterned scrapbook paper (see the picture below).  
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My best wishes for a wonderful Holiday Season, filled with warm moments and cherished memories.
The Magic Rose Cube

Dec 16, 2012

Modular Cube

This Modular Cube is a Paolo Bascetta's creation. It's a very easy and fun to fold modular.
Modular Cube
The cube consists of eight corner units and twelve joint units, that I folded with 3" (75 mm) squares of origami paper. I used white origami paper for the corner units, and double-sided origami paper for the joint units.

The instructions can be found in the book, Origami, by Paolo Basceta, ISBN 9788873870258 (in italian).

Dec 9, 2012

Two Beautiful Shells

The one on the left is a Modular Spiral Shell,  a model created by Tomoko Fuse.
Two Beautiful Shells
The diagrams for the Modular Spiral Shell can be found in Tomoko Fuse's book, Spirals, ISBN 9783941327061.  I folded it with four  6" (150 mm) squares of scrapbook paper.

Dec 2, 2012

Holidays Origami: Christmas Tree Ornaments

Origami modulars make great Christmas Tree Ornaments.
Depending on your patience, you can fold the ones that consist of a few modules...
Holidays Origami: Christmas Tree Ornaments
or the ones with many more units...
Holidays Origami: Christmas Tree Ornaments
The modulars in both pictures were constructed with the same module, created by Paolo Bascetta. The instructions can be found in his book, Origami, ISBN 9788873870258 (in italian).
The ones in the first picture consist of 5 modules (the one on the left) and 4 modules (the one on the right); the modular star in the second picture consists of 30 modules.
I folded them with 3" (75 mm) double-sided origami paper.

Nov 25, 2012

Holidays: Origami Gifts Ideas

Origami modulars can be fun and inexpensive gifts for the Holidays. They will look great if folded in nice papers and packed in matching origami boxes.
These are two of my favorite ones:
  • Calendar "Pentagon" in a Tsuzura box (wicker clothes-box).
Holidays: Origami Gifts Ideas
  • Modular Cube with pyramids in a Tsuzura box (wicker clothes-box).
Holidays: Origami Gifts Ideas

The Calendar "Pentagon" was originally designed by Tomoko Fuse, and designed as a calendar by Sara Giarrusso and Ramin Razani. You can find printable patterns, instructions, and more information about the calendar, in the Origami Deutschland diagrams page.
The Modular Cube with pyramids is a Sonobe cube, with inserts designed by Kunihiko Kasahara. The instructions can be found in the book Unit Origami: Multidimensional Transformations, by Tomoko Fuse.
The Tsuzura box is also a Tomoko Fuse's design. The instructions can be found in her book Origami Boxes.

I folded all the models with New Leaf Premium Banana Fiber Paper.
For the calendar I used the diagram called "Dodecahedron" large - 2013. Instead of printing one page per sheet, I printed four pages per sheet in landscape orientation, in letter size paper, so I got a smaller calendar (even smaller than the "Dodecahedron" small - 2013). I used 7" (175 mm) squares for its tsuzura box.
I used 4" (100 mm) squares for the modular cube with pyramids, and 8½" (213 mm) squares for its tsuzura box.

Nov 18, 2012

Thanksgiving Invitations - Pumpkin Tato Variation - New Video

I made a variation of my model Pumpin Tato (click here to see my previous post), that does not require to use ribbons to keep it closed.
Thanksgiving Invitations - Pumpkin Tato Variation - New Video
The tatos in the picture were folded with 8"(200 mm) squares of scrapbook paper.

Here are the instructions:

Nov 11, 2012

Decorated Spiral Box

Many origami boxes show the two sides of the paper. My favorite paper for boxes is scrapbook paper, but sometimes it's not easy to find one that has a color or a pattern on both sides.
As an alternative, I decorated the white side of the paper with some drawings, as shown in the picture below.
Decorated Spiral Box
The box was designed by Tomoko Fuse. The instructions are available in her book, Origami Boxes from a Single Sheet, ISBN 4480872035 (in Japanese).
I used two 6" x 12" (150 mm x 300 mm) rectangles of scrapbook paper, one for the bottom and another for the lid. According to the instructions, the folding sequence starts by dividing the paper into 5ths, both for the base and for the lid. For the base I followed the instructions, dividing the paper into 5 equal parts (2.4 inches each), but for the lid I folded one 2" section and then divided the rest in four equal sections of 2.5" instead (the 2" section is the one that goes inside when forming the box).
With this proportions the sides of the lid are a little longer than the sides of the bottom and the lid fits nicely on it.

Nov 4, 2012

Origami Spirals - Nautilus

The Nautilus is a very elegant model created by Tomoko Fuse.
Origami Spirals - Nautilus
The diagrams can be found in Tomoko Fuse's book, Spirals, ISBN 9783941327061. This is a beautiful book, with models that range from intermediate to complex level of difficulty.

I folded the Nautilus with a 12" (300 mm) square of scrapbook paper.

Oct 28, 2012

Origami Animals: Elephant and Giraffe

World Origami Days started a few days ago (Oct 24-Nov 11, more information here), and Halloween is also coming soon (Oct 31).
Have you considered giving origami models as Halloween treats to celebrate both events?
Here are two simple but very nice models that you can fold for that purpose.
Origami Animals: Elephant and Giraffe
The Elephant was created by Nobuyoshi Enomoto and the Giraffe was created by Fumiaki Kawahata.
The models in the picture were folded with 12" (300mm) squares of scrapbook paper, but  6" (150 mm) regular origami paper will also work.

The instructions for both of them can be found in the book,  Zoogami; An Origami Menagerie at Your Fingertips, by Gay Merrill Gross.

Happy World Origami Days and Happy Halloween!

Oct 21, 2012

Halloween Decorations: Origami Spider

I don't usually fold arthropods, as they tend to be very laborious. But this spider, designed by John Montroll is a nice model, perfect for Halloween, and not very difficult to fold.
Halloween Decorations: Origami Spider
I folded the spider with a 9" (225 mm) black square of Pacon Paper Squares.
The diagrams can be found in the book, Bugs and Birds in Origami, by John Montroll.

Oct 14, 2012

Halloween Decoration: Waterbomb Pumpkin

Are you looking for handmade Halloween decorations? Try making this origami pumpkin. It's very simple and fun!
Halloween Decoration: Waterbomb Pumpkin
The pumpkin is an origami waterbomb that is dressed up for Halloween.
I folded it with 12" (300 mm) orange scrapbook paper and then glued black cardboard cuttings to make the eyes and the mouth.

The waterbomb is a traditional model. The instructions to fold it can be found in several origami books for beginners, and also over the internet (here).

Sep 24, 2012

Origami Artist Trading Cards - Goldfish

It's always a lot of fun to make Artist Trading Cards! (ATCs)
These are the ones I made for the ATCs swap that will take place at the 2da Convención Nacional de Origami Argentina (Origami Argentina 2nd National Convention) on October 6th -8th, 2012.
Origami Artist Trading Cards - Goldfish
If you are not familiar with ATCs, you can find more information here.

The origami goldfish is my design. Each goldfish was folded with a 1¼" x 1" (32 mm x 25 mm) rectangle of pink origami foil paper. You can find the instructions to fold it here.

I look forward to seeing the traded cards!

Sep 14, 2012

Halloween Decoration: Origami Ghost - New Video

I recently created a new origami ghost that is very easy to fold. You can make seversal ghosts of different sizes and hang them around the house as Halloween decorations.
Halloween Decorations: Origami Ghost - New Video
For the models in the picture, I used 6" (150 mm) white regular origami paper, but you can also use copy paper. And why not use origami fluorescent paper?, they will surely look spookier!

Here is a video showing how to fold the origami ghost:

I hope you like it!

Sep 8, 2012

Origami Tower Box

One of the advantages of submitting diagrams to origami societies and conventions is, that if they are published, you receive a free copy of the publication.
That's how I got the Orison magazine Number 4 - 2012, published by the Origami Society Netherlands, where the diagram of my model Butterfly Tato was published.
It's in this magazine, that I found the instructions to make this beautiful Tower Box, designed by Winson Chan.
Origami Tower Box
The Tower Box is a set of stacked boxes, where the lid of one box is connected to the base of another box. It has three different sections: bottom, middle and top. I folded three middle sections, but you can fold any number of them.
Origami Tower Box
Each section of the box is folded with several pieces of paper of the same size (modular box): 5 for the bottom, 8 for each middle, and 4 for the top. I used 6" (150 mm) squares of scrapbook paper.
Besides the Orison magazine, I later found out that the instructions to fold the Tower Box are also available here.

Aug 31, 2012

Masu Box - New Video

The Masu Box is a traditional origami model, that is very simple to make.
Masu Box - New Video
Here is a video showing how to fold a Masu Box (bottom and lid):

Masu Boxes are also very practical, as they can be used a gift boxes. To make them special, you can also add them dividers, as shown in the picture below.
Masu Box - New Video
The boxes and the dividers shown in the picture were folded with 6" (150 mm) squares of scrapbook paper (one for each bottom, one for each lid, and one for each divider).

The Masu Box Dividers were created by Bob Voelker. The instructions can be found in the book, OrigamiUSA - Origami Collection 2012.

Jul 29, 2012

Origami Gymnasts

Since Friday, I've been mesmerized watching the Olympic Games on TV, so I couldn't help but fold something related to the Olympiads. After browsing a few books, looking for ideas, I found two appropriate models designed by Akira Yoshizawa.  So here is my simplified version of a scene at the Olympic Games: an athlete preparing for the Floor exercise in the Artistic Gymnastics competition being encouraged by his coach.
Origami Gymnasts
The Man, and the Man Standing on Hands, are two models designed by Akira Yoshizawa, that can be found in the book, Origami Full of Life, ISBN 4916096312.
I folded each model with a 7 ½" (188 mm) square of  Reynolds Wrap Non-stick Pan Lining Paper, a nice and strong parchment-foil paper.

Jul 22, 2012

Wildflower Tessellation

I always though it was possible to fold a tessellation based on my model Wildflower, but I hadn't attempted it untill today. This is the result:
Wildflower Tessellation
I started by folding a 32 x 32 square grid on a 14" (350 mm) square of tant paper (Pack Tant 35x35cm),  and then I folded a wildflower in the center of each quarter of the paper.
It took me a while to figure it out, but I like how the model ended up looking. I hope you like it too.

Jul 15, 2012

Origami Olympic Torch

There are just a few days left for the Olympic Games 2012 Opening Ceremony, where the last Torchbearer will light the cauldron in the Olympic Stadium, marking the official start of the Games.
Origami Olympic Torch
The Olympic Torch origami model was designed by Martin Wall. The instructions to fold it are available in the book, Origami 4 - The Art of Paper Folding, by Robert Harbin, ISBN 0340218223.
I folded it with a 5" x 15" (125 mm x 375 mm) rectangle of  Reynolds Wrap Non-stick Pan Lining Paper, a parchment-foil paper used for baking, which happens to be great for origami too!

Jul 8, 2012

Cinnamon Sugar Crisps with an Origami Twist

From time to time, our origami group celebrates special occasions by sharing some tasty snacks. I wanted to prepare something that was origami-related, so I made these Cinnamon Sugar Crisps with an Origami Twist.
Cinnamon Sugar Crisps with an Origami Twist
I used Nasoya Won Ton Wraps, that are very thin sheets of pastry that come already cut into squares. The recipe for the original Cinnamon Sugar Crisps can be found here. I folded the pastries into simple traditional origami models before baking (windmill, house, penguin, flapping bird, tulip, pajarita, flower), to give them an Origami Twist.
I brushed the pastries with melted butter, and sprinkled some cinnamon-sugar not only on the outside, but on the inside of the models too. I baked them on a greased non-stick pan.

Yummy!

Jul 1, 2012

Origami Cranes - Non-conventional Materials

I've been folding some origami cranes with non-conventional materials. It was challenging, and I definitely need more practice, but it was really fun!

Origami Cranes - Non-conventional Materials
The green and orange cranes are made of polymer clay, the purple crane is made of cold porcelain. I used a small pasta machine to roll thin sheets, that I then cut into squares using a template.  I dusted the sheets with cornstarch to prevent them from sticking to the machine, and also to prevent the layers from sticking to each other while folding.

Origami Cranes - Non-conventional Materials
This last crane is made of copper wire mesh. This material was the most difficult to work with. It definitely does not like reverse folds.

Besides paper, what other materials have you used to fold origami models?

Jun 24, 2012

Modular Cubes

Just in the mood to fold some simple modulars...
Modular Cubes
The instructions for the cubes can be found in Tomoko Fuse's book, Unit Origami Essence, ISBN 978-4817081575.

Each cube consists of 6 modules. I used 6" (150mm) squares of scrapbook paper from a pack that I found on sale at the local craft store. Scrapbook paper is usually much cheaper than origami paper, and is perfect for modulars and simple models.

Jun 17, 2012

Origami Artist Trading Cards - Lily

Here is a pick of the cards that I sent this year to the Artist Trading Cards Swap organized by OrigamiUSA for the 2012 Convention (find more information about Artist Trading Cards here).
Origami Artist Trading Cards - Lily
I found inspiration in the book Encyclopedia of Cardmaking Techniques. I liked the idea of using the ribbon embroidery to represent the leaves and stalk, as it gave the cards some movement.
For the flower I glued an origami lily. Actually, I used half a lily in each card: I folded a lily, unfolded it, cut the square diagonally and refolded each half. It made the flower less bulky, and also allowed me to save some time.
I folded the flowers with 2" (50 mm) squares that I cut from Pacon Paper Squares - 9x9.

The lily (or iris) is a traditional origami model. The folding instructions can be found in many books and online sources .

Jun 10, 2012

A Bouquet of Origami Rosettes

This bouquet of rosettes, has been decorating my home for about two years now. It's displayed in a shadow box, right in front of my desk.
Shadow boxes are similar to picture frames, in the sense that they have a glass in the front, but they are shallow boxes, which make them suitable to display origami models (or other objects) that have volume.
A Bouquet of Origami Rosettes
The instructions to fold the flowers can be found in Tomoko Fuse's book, Origami Rosettes, ISBN 9784416309131. The book contains a lot of beautiful flowers folded from hexagons and octagons.
I cut the starting shapes from 6" (150 mm) squares of thin crisp washi paper (single color flowers), hand made tissue-tissue paper (orange/green flower) and duo origami paper (the other three bi-color flowers).

Jun 3, 2012

Origami Quilts: Wildflowers

The Wildflowers Quilts are composed of modules which are a variation of my model Wildflower.
The modules can be arranged in several different patterns, as you can see in the pictures bellow.
Origami Quilts: Wildflowers
Origami Quilts: Wildflowers
Origami Quilts: Wildflowers
For the yellow, orange, green and brown modules, I used 4" (100 mm) squares of Folia Colored Folding Squares; for the white and black modules, I used 4"(100 mm) squares of washi paper.

May 27, 2012

Origami Longhorn

This longhorn is a beautiful model created by Akira Yoshizawa.
It's not very difficult to fold, but as many Yoshizawa's models, the most difficult step is the final shaping.
Origami Longhorn
I folded the longhorn with a 6" (150 mm) square of tant paper. The instructions for the model can be found in the book,  Origami Full of Life, ISBN 4916096312.

(Guess where my son is going to college...Hook 'em Horns!)

May 20, 2012

Origami Quilt: "Hearty" Strawberry

This morning the aisles in the supermarket were full of inviting, fragrant, sweet, deep red strawberries.
You never know where inspiration might be coming from...

Origami Quilt:

The strawberry quilt was folded with the same heart and flower modules that I used to fold the "Hearty" Butterfly.
I used 4 ½"(112 mm) and 2 ¼"(56 mm) squares, that I cut to size from 9" (225 mm) Pacon Paper Squares.