Origami Sculptures

Photo: Lion by Hoan Tieng Quyet/ Created in 2012, Folded 2013

Today I will be showing an origami technique used to “sculpt” origami and make it seem lifelike. This origami technique is named wet folding. To wet fold, a thick fibered paper such as cardstock is spread with sprays of water and then folded. The creator of the model then can make nice curves that a paper could not usually do. Paper or binder clips, or even rubber bands are used to keep the model stable until it is dry. Once the model has dried, the reuslt will end up like a beautifully scuplted model such as the one shown above. The Lion by Hoand Tien Quyet perfectly demonstrates how an origamist can use paper to their advantage.


3D Origami

I was always told to try 3D origami, even though the steps to fold the modules of it were boring and time consuming. Then I actually wanted to try this style of origami. To keep me on the right path before giving up on this type of origami, I forced myself to do it. But instead of doing this origami by force, I decided it would make a great gift for upcoming Mother’s Day. I slowly realized how beautiful the origami was, even though it is made from one singl repeating module, and learned to appreciate 3D origami.

Origami by Metin Islam, Taken 2007 “3D Origami Swan” Photo: (CC0 1.0)

Modular Origami

Folded by Daniel Sancho  Picture: Taken on May 23, 2014 (CC BY 2.0)

Today I will be showcasing another variation in origami. Modular origami, or unit origami, is focused on creating a complex shape by repeating origami folds through at least ten units. Looking at this modular tessellation made by Daniel Sancho, we can assume it is very time consuming. This is one variation of origami that I normally do not like to do because you have to fold the same shape over and over as well as connect the units together which is a pain.

Modular origami is seen mostly in paper shades for lamps as a special decoration, but another useful application of it is in compact satellites for space that are still being designed today. So, if you have the patience to try this type of origami, it is very rewarding when complete, and amazing as a piece of art to gaze upon.


Action Origami!

Folded: Jo Nakashima, Picture: Sept. 20, 2012 (CC BY 3.0)  “Spring into Action” by Jeff Beynon 


Today I will be showing you yet another type of origami. This origami is called action origami, where the paper is manipulated to create an object that is animate or kinetic. Some tessellation origami can be action origami. The model shown here, neatly folded by Youtube origami artist Jo Nakashima, and designed by Jeff Beynon, accurately represents what an action origami model would look like. The model can extend outward like a spring (hence its name) and can squish inward into a collapsed form. There are many other types of action origami, and pop-up cards count as well.


Praying Mantis


Emre Ayaroglu Photo: August 30, 2008 (CC BY 2.0) Model designed by Robert J. Lang

Today I will be showcasing yet another model created by Robert J. Lang, because his models are so lifelike. I have the chosen in my opinion the best representation of his model, folded by Flickr folder Emre Ayaroglu. This model was made from treated tissue paper. Treated tissue paper in origami is usually two layers of tissue paper folded together for a light and sharp folding and shaping consistency, or even tissue foil, which is a layer of aluminum foil “sandwhiched” in between two layers of tissue paper. Origami requires tissue paper because of it’s ability to shape with ease, giving structures the “lifelike” feel. There are many papers that are used for many situations, and it is up to the origami artist to decide what kind to use.

Bulletproof Origami?



Shown above is the new possibilities for origami. At Brigham Young University, students are working on a sturdy,deployable bulletproof shield by using origami folds. A twelve layered bulletproof sheet is folded into a tessellation, and acts as a defense system for police. This is how origami can be applied to real life. The fold can currently stop gun shots, and is still being tested, because it recently came out on Feburary 15th of 2017, five days from now. Origami can be used for many things, such as gifts, for a satellite, or fora shield such as this. Hopefully origami can provide new innovative technology that we can use in our everyday lives.

The Wise Dragon

Today I will be showcasing the Ryujin 3.5, one of the most famous models in origami history. This model is very time consuming. The Ryujin, or dragon can take up to months to fold.This is due to the many details that exist on the model. This origami sculpture has challenged me since I have started complex origami models.

Photo: takeda_kotalra November 2, 2015 (CC BY-SA 2.0)


     The model first came up on Flickr of a collection of origami models. I was fascinated on the insane amount of details the model contained, and the thought that it was only made from one piece of paper. The model’s complexity made it seem impossible to fold, and this basically happens with every origami model I come across.

Photo: Djordje Jovanovic/OrigamiSage, December 13, 2015

     However, recent tutorials of how to fold parts of the Ryujin 3.5 came out. OrigamiSage, one of my role models in folding complex origami, brought new hope in me folding the complex dragon. Shown to the left is the scale tutorial made by him. The scales of the Ryujin are the most time consuming part of the model. For example, this image shown here takes one hour to create. This does not include shaping the scales, which takes twice as much time.

    The Ryujin 3.5 is a recurring thought that always appears in my head every time I think of origami. One of my goals is to complete this model. Whenever I would fold the model I could never shape the scales right, or get details right. If I made one mistake, the aftermath would be a disappointment. I practiced trying to fold parts of the dragon, but it would never come out just right.crumpled-piece-of-paper-publish-with-glogster-AYXmpP-clipart.jpg

The origami model still challenges me today. I still fold it today of course, but I keep failing. Hopefully in the future there will more tutorials on how to fold this model. Currently there is no tutorials for the whole model. Djordje Jovanovic, has managed to make tutorials of the parts of the Ryujin 3.5 because it is not the whole model. Satoshi Kamiya, the creator of this wonderful origami dragon, cannot be contacted if a tutorial of the model can be shown. To shown you how difficult the model is, the instructions are just a picture of a paper with folds on it. There are NO insructions. If people can do it it must mean that I can. All that is left is a piece of paper and me.crease.jpg