More models by Nick Robinson

As promised, here are the other models by Nick Robinson that can be found in the nuinui japanese patterns box.

The bird is an action model – hold at the base and the woodpecker starts hitting the branch. The box/plate has very simple elegant lines.

They’re both folded from 15 cm double-sided kraft paper.

The buddha is folded from 20 cm Heyda plain paper, my variation that looks like pinoccio (it has a very long nose) or an imp (lutin in French) is also folded with double-sided kraft paper. It’s a first try, but I think this model has plenty of room for variations!

Fantasy Boxes by Tomoko Fusè

The diagrams for this boxes can be found in “30 boîtes en origami – à moduler à l’infini !” (éditions de saxe), which is a translation from Beautiful Origami Boxes #1 (in japanese). They’re called “boîte fantasie”, page 26. They’re folded from one sheet for the bottom and one for the lid.

The big box on the left is the D variation, the front left is A, the three others are C (I don’t like B much).

The front-right box is from japanese chiyogami with Tant for the bottom, the front-left is Jong Ie Nara Traditional Korean pattern collection (all 15 cm).

The two big boxes are from Artemio 30 cm “Continents” collection.

This one is from Vivi Gade “Paris” collection 15cm. I played with the double-sided paper.

This book is one of my favorites. I’ll show more models from it soon, I have pictures now! (thanks to Pierre-Manuel).

More dahlias by Hajime Komiya

As I said, this is a model that I fold a lot – here is just a tiny part of all I made, there are plenty more on my roommates’s walls. On the top right corner you can see the underside. The orange at the top is stopped before the last folds, it’s less a flower and more geometric, I like it too.

The paper are varied, some japanese chiyogami, Tant, double-sided kraft, shiny cheap paper… I also made some from glassine paper but they’re on my windows, didn’t photograph them :)

I think this model looks good in any size and nearly every paper. And I can fold it while doing other things, talking or watching movies, when my hands don’t want to be idle but I can’t concentrate on what they’re doing :)

Nick Robinson’s elephant from nuinui japanese patterns box

So… I buyed this big box of origami paper by nuinui editions. The paper is amazing, and I didn’t pay attention, but it turns out the four models by Nick Robinson are really cute too. They’re not complicated, but the results are good.

So I started by folding plenty of elephants. For the photos, I had to borrow the grey one back from my roommate who had already claimed it :)

The blue elephant is folded from 20cm plain Heyda paper, the tiny one is washi chiyogami 7,5 cm (there are few enough folds that it works great in small) and the grey is 20cm Folia ‘Ornamental” paper.

I’ll blog about the other models in the booklet soon :)

Crystal by Vicente Palacios (?)

This model can be found in “Origami from around the world”, by Vicente Palacios. It has no attribution, so I don’t know if it’s from him, if it’s traditionnal, or just not attributed (if someone knows, I’ll be glad to correct this).

I really love this simple geometric form. It’s folded from 2 sheets of paper (not square, but 1:13), cut in two. I made it in a few different papers, I’ll take photos of others at some point.

The folding is easy (but needs to be very precise for a neat result). The assembly is a bit tricky the first time, requiring to be delicate until a point while holding the 4 modules, and then shove the last bit inside roughly to lock it.

I like the play between empty and full, you can actually see to the center of the form and each protuding 3-sided pyramid has an empty 4-sided one on each side. It’s simple and elegant. You could hang them for decoration, but I just keep them laying around – they’re sturdy and make funny play balls.

The paper is two sheets of japanese washi Chiyogami  of 15cm, cut to size (see on amazon).

The I-Ching Wheel, by Michael G. LaFosse


This model is by Michael G. LaFosse, I got it in a Geometric Origami Kit offered by my sister (the models are mostly good, but the paper texture is bad and creases leave white marks). Each module is quite easy to fold, the assembly is straightforward too, but I find it really hypnotizing to fold – I’ve made it many times :)


It reminds me of chidren water wheels that I’ve always been fond of.


There are other pretty models in the kit, but I have no photos of them yet, so maybe in another article :)


The papers of the pictured wheels are 15cm and 7,5 cm squares.

Old kusudama

8 kusudama

8 kusudama

For a while, I folded kusudamas all the time. I only folded models that required square paper, no glue, no cut.


I don’t exactly remember the models presented here. I think the ones on the upper left and middle center are the model in the book from Rick Beech – that’s the first 30-modules model that I folded, it got me hypnotized and I folded it many, many times. The bottom left looks like a regular sonobe.

They are all folded from 7.5 cm paper. The fluorescent paper is “Origami mini-Pop” from Avenue Mandarine. The two on the left and the upper right are Showa Grimm “1000 cranes”  (I love this traditional japanese pattern, here in non-traditional colors). The middle left is Toyo 50 colors. The upper middle left is double-sided chiyogami. The front center is really cheap chinese paper from ebay.


I’m not folding much kusudama these days, I’ll publish more recent things soon :)