Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Origami Design - Christmas is the time for LOVE 3 in 1 Model

I joined the Mini-Reto Hearts origami challenge again and came up with a cool design.  It's a "3 models in 1" from one uncut square sheet of paper.

Here it is:

Front View - "Sumo"Santa Claus

A big bodied Papa Noel ... I likened to the sumo wrestlers of Japan but super cooler :-).

Back View - Christmas Tree
A cute mini christmas tree for the back side.

Inside - a Huge Heart
An enormous movable heart ... a big surprise!

Made a short video of this special model so you may be able to see the transformation clearer. 

Enjoy and wish one and all a wonderful Christmas!

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Origami Creations - Christmas Stars and Snowflakes

In the spirit of Christmas I looked around for a star and snowflake origami design to use as ornaments.  One design attracted my attention, the Fractal by the famous origamist Roman Diaz.  Do check his creations from his flickr account here.

Awesome repetitive folding
It is not that difficult but you need a large and strong paper to be able to make a nice result.  Luckily, there is a tutorial video in the web which I can share with you.

Good luck and hope you enjoy making this awesome piece.

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Friday, December 26, 2014

Origami Creations - Father Christmas

Among the Santa Claus models which I have folded, my most favorite is the Father Christmas by Steve and Megumi Biddle which you can find in his book "Essential Origami".

So adorable
Cool huh?  

I made a small variation with Santa's shoes here ... to make its color match his gloves and cap.  

Enjoy your holidays!

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Origami Creations - Easy Modular Christmas Tree

I am quite impressed with the multitudes of origami Christmas Trees designed this year so I thought of trying my luck with creating one.

After much folding and creasing ... I end up with re-using a Traditional fold - the Iris flower.  You can find the diagram here.

Lovely Irises

Introducing the Bottom's Up Iris flower Christmas Tree ...

Adorable <3

Here is the short "the making" video.  Enjoy!

Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year to one and all!

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Origami Creations - How about Monkeys?

Brrrr ... really cold in Hong Kong these days!

I chance upon a cool model by the japanese master Hideo Komatsu - Japanese Macaque.  This is a great opportunity to fold a monkey as I haven't tried making one.

Cool shaping
The proportions is impressive but I really struggled with the shaping.  The end result though is quite satisfying.

What do you think?

Enjoy the Christmas week! 

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Origami Design - My Simple Sheep for CNY 2015

Finally, I got my own sheep design and submitted to the Japan Origami Academy Society (JOAS) celebration for World Origami Days (WOD).  Also, I used it for the International Origami Internet Olympiad competition  as my design task.

It will be the Chinese New Year of the Goat/Sheep next year so it is my fitting tribute to the best holiday of the year in Asia!

Simple and Sleek

Black is beautiful too!
I have prepared the diagrams for this piece and have asked some good pro ori-friends to test fold and provide feedback.  

Below are their awesome interpretation of my design.

My fave electric blue sheep 
Check out Patricia's folds in her flickr account here.

MagicFingaz with his cool variation

Check out Barth Dunkan (aka Ecorigami MagicFingaz) flickr account here.

Cool shaping and paper

Check out Rui Roda's flickr account here.

Mini-fold by awesome fast and expert folder Daniel Xu
Here  is Daniel's flickr account.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend!

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Origami Creations - Another Simple Sheep

In my search for another sheep model, I came upon this awesome model but with no information of who the creator is.  Surely it's another cool japanese origamist or plainly a traditional design.

Impressive color change and shaping
Though the feet might come out to be a little too small, the head appearance is too impressive to behold.

Below is the video tutorial for this model.


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Monday, December 8, 2014

Origami Creations - Starstruck

Christmas is fast approaching and I have been starstruck for two (2) months now.  Yep, I have been secretly folding stars to use as ornaments for our christmas tree.

Here are some of the standouts.

Cool Six pointed stars
A favourite fold designed by the japanese origamist Jun Maekawa.  Encountered a slight difficulty but the result is outstandingly beautiful.

Lovely symmetry

Next one is from the lovable japanese origamist Tomoko Fuse.  The fold sequence is repetitive but quite smooth and enchanting.  This model looks impressive with back lighting.

Cool color change effect
This last model is by the famous modular origamist Carmen Sprung.  It uses six (6) square sheets of paper and be prepared for the challenge to insert the last unit to complete this cool star.

Here is the origami diagram and you may find the tutorial below: 

Happy Holidays!

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Origami Creations - Jolly Hippopotamus

While doing the stripes challenge in the last posting, I also came upon the hippo model by origami master John Montroll.  I immediately fell in love with it.

You may find this model in this book here.

Cool shaping
I admired the shaping of the whole model but would have been more impressed if it has some color changing for the eyes.  Nonetheless, I loved it to bits!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Origami Creations - Stripes

Time for a cool folding challenge ... that of folding animals with stripes.  

I have chosen the Zebra by origami Master John Montroll from his book African Animals in Origami.  More details here.

Cool and exciting
It has a lovely fold sequence and the outcome is impressive.  One thing to observed during the fold is to carefully make the color change stripes wide enough to be clearly seen.

Hope you liked it!

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Origami Creations - Rectangulum Modular

I haven't done any geometric modulars for a long while now so when I happen to see the amazing Rectangulum (magic rings) model by Thoki Yenn, I have decided that this should be my next project.

Cool symmetry and perfect locking
It is actually an easy modular using six (6) units only.  Close attention to the pre-creasing is important to ensure that all the parts will fit perfectly.

You may find more details here.  Below is also a video tutorial for your convenience.


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