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)

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.

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