Archive for March, 2012

animals: scottie

2012|03|10

As soon as I saw this dog I knew I had to fold it! I love simple models! This model captures the essence of a scottie dog and is quick to fold. And easy! What can possibly top that?
I was planning on folding it with brown canson paper. I know I have some. Somewhere. I must’ve had stored it away to protect it. Having a cat and humidity next to paper insures a short life span. Adding to that, the more expensive the paper the more my cat likes it. Back to the paper, I couldn’t find it so I went with the first square cut paper I found: a beige grayish canson and a blue grayish paper which name eludes me at the moment. After that I found black paper and so a black scottie was born. I love the black scottie! Dark colors suit this model well!
I misread the diagram the first time so I made one extra fold that is quite visible on the first photo, on the bigger scottie. Oh, please do not be like me and actually ensure that the paper you use is square. My squares weren’t completely squares (they were off by a millimeter or so in smaller papers and by 2 or 3 millimeters on the bigger paper) so one of the ears of the scottie isn’t as pointy as it should be. In *all* models. You should always verify that the squares you cut are indeed squares. And so should I!

Scottie is authored by Marc Kirschenbaum.
More information on the model: a 6.5×6.5cm / 2.55×2.55″ square becomes a 3cm / 0.8″ tall by almost 5cm/ 2″ tail to muzzle scottie.
Wet folding offer good results because the final model does not open up. As long as it dries prevented from opening up, that is! I use a strip of paper, secured with tape, for that. Drying complete, strip away. Hmn, nice wording.
This diagram is available online! You can see the diagram by clicking at the preceding sentence.
I recommend dark colours and wet folding for this model but as long as you use a paper you like and enjoy folding anything is fine. Happy folding!

As usual, but even more than usual, I’ve been busy. That’s why there’s such a gap between posts! Now I’m taking any coffee break I can to post about models I have been folding. That or you get a post a year and that’s a no-no!
I’m just using paper leftovers, already cut in small squares, to fold models I like. Models simple enough to be foldable in little time. Since I like simple and small models it works fine. A back to basics or a less is more kind of approach.
So, busy people out there who like origami, these posts are for you!
These models are perfect for beginners too! They require little paper, little time and are easy to accomplish. Great to boost your confidence, add some nice folded figures to your collection or to give away!
And just so you know, actually, instead of a coffee break, it’s a tea break. I’m more of a tea person! Having some Earl Grey, Assam and green tea at my place ensures happiness. On winter, with cookies, and some folding, it’s pure bliss! :)

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kusudama: mosaic box (iii)

2012|03|03

Here are some unexpected developments!
Isabelle, somewhere in a comment around the blog, said she wanted to do the mosaic box/ モザイク Box and that the diagram is no longer available. When I was backing up my drive I remembered it; so I made a search for the diagram, and contrary to all my expectations, the search returned valid results. Naming, the diagram! It’s as I copied it from Mio’s site: in japanese and it even has the go back and forth arrows. Ahahaaa, I should’ve deleted those, at least. And remember the diagram is © by Mio TSUGAWA! ;)
I’ve talked about the mosaic box before, here and here. But going back… Those were some nasty photos.

I think the diagram is quite understable but since I know some japanese I might be using it unconsciously.
Just bear something in mind:
1. If you start with squares of 15cm/ ” you’ll be ending with a half the size kusudama so you might want to avoid small papers. At first.
2. The back of the paper will show, be it white pattern or plain simple colours. Cheap options for paper are wrapping paper and, of course, kraft.
3. Have paper clips or some small (cloth) springs at hand. It will be handy when assembling. I recommend glue, too, if you want your kusudama to stay assembled.
4. The kusudama has a cubic shape, so only 6 sheets are needed. It’s simpler to assembly a corner, with 3 units, another corner with another 3 units, and, after that, join the two corners to form the cube. Assembling it one by one will make it harder to tuck in the last piece.
5. Have fun! :)
This is quite easy to fold and even though it’s simple it’s quite nice when complete!
I even folded one since it’s so simple! The wonder of cube like kusudama and only 6 units!

And here I am with another post… Wow. I’m starting to think that I can even post about the long awaited cherry blossoms before summer. Now, it seems possible!
I guess I’m complying with the new year resolutions! Feeling good! :)
Happy and fun folding!