Origami: Photos and Diagrams

by Jens-Helge Thuelen-Dahmen

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Delecat’s Great Crested Grebe two-colored now  NEW

My new favorite book is ”On the Water - Origami Waterfowl” by Stefan Delecat.
Folding instructions for his Crested Grebe start on page 32. If, starting with step 19, you follow my recommended model tuning you will get a two-colored model: The feathers of the grebe’s crest will have the second color. The folding instructions for the revised head of the Great Crested Grebe can be downloaded here: WWW_Crested-Grebe_Modell-Tuning_v03.pdf

O'Hanlon rabbit varations

At the Berlin Origami Stammtisch (a location where people meet regularly) Dr. Stephen O'Hanlon's bunny has been one of the unbeatable favorites around Easter time for more than a decade. Jürgen Zimmermann already developed a stand-up version of O'Hanlon's bunny years ago which I would like to introduce here (with Jürgen's permission). As a second version I came up with a resting bunny, making this an interesting 3-piece combination. With all three models in the picture I folded one of the forepaws into a stubby tail. You can find the tuning instructions for both O'Hanlon rabbits here: Hase-Variationen_O.Hanlon-v01-www.pdf
Note that you need the original instructions by O'Hanlon, too:

Tip of the nose for Shafer's Grizzly Bear Pop-Up


I just love pop-ups and in particular Jeremy Shafer's models. With a few folds his grizzly bear gets a black tip on his nose (download here: Grizzly-Pop-Up_Modell-Tuning-v01-www.pdf). However, in order to fold Shafer's grizzly bear pop-up you need his folding instructions: BARF magazine, winter 2006.

An Eccentric Mette Pederson Ring 1  

Again and again, at the "Origami Deutschland" meetings people enjoy folding Mette Pederson's "Ring 1". Since the modules are merely inserted into each other, it is possible to join together pieces of different sizes. I took advantage of this and folded an eccentric ring 1. You can find the diagrams for Mette Pederson's ring 1 on her website: www.metteunits.com/Ring1Diagram.htm. The necessary sizes for an eccentric ring you can download here:

Variation of Adam Black's A-Wing

I have one favorite piece among the many beautiful Star-Wars models on Philip Schulz's website (www.happymagpie.com): the A-Wing by Adam Black
(diagrams: http://www.happymagpie.com/swdiagrams.html).
I especially like that it is easy to fold AND both sides of the paper are being accentuated. Nevertheless, there are still some inaccuracies in the appearance that bother me a bit. Thus, I improved for example the form of the aerofoils, formed a cockpit from the existing surfaces and sloped the aileron slightly in the front. I had to intervene in many parts of the folding process. Therefore, I developed a completely new folding instruction.
You can now download the diagrams at: A-Wing-Variation-v01-www.pdf. Best regards to Philip Schulz for his consent.

How Komatsu's Elephant learned balancing

The balancing elephant is a traditional Asian motive for sculptures. It is also a  Japanese motive. Komatsu's standing elephant was an ideal starting point for developing the balancing elephant. I folded Komatsu's elephants (sitting and standing) from his crease patterns. You will have to crack the crease pattern as well, before you can start folding the balancing elephant.

Balancing Komatsu-elephant instrucktion: Elefant-Komatsu-ballancierend-01-v04-www.pdf

A squab and grandfather for Komatsu's "Horned Owl"

I folded Komatsu's Owl with elephant hide for an exhibition. But then I started wondering, how to present my work. Then it hit me. How about folding a whole owl family? I hope you like the idea and try folding your own family branch. However you will need the original folding instruction as well: Origami Tanteidan Magazin #49.
Instruction for owl variations: Komatsu-Eule_Kind-Grossvater.pdf

Tune Montroll's "Skunk"  

You can fold the skunk with a narrow head. But you need the original instructions from Montroll's book: Origami Inside-Out,
Dover Publications,  1993
Tuning instruction: tuning-montrolls-skunk.pdf

Tune Kawahata's "Jedi Master Yoda"

An accurate Yoda hand with three fingers and claws can be fold. Furthermore, I show how to fold the ears in such a manner that they face forward. At last, have a look at the Star Wars films: Yoda's forehead hasn't any bulge.
You can find Kawahata's creation "Yoda" here: BOS Convention 1998 Spring, page 75 et sqq.
Tuning instruction: tuning-kawahatas-yoda.pdf  

Tune Gilgado's "Alian Warrior"

You can fold a good curved head with teeth for the Alian Warrior.
You can find Gilgado's creation "Alian" here: http://csea.fyc-vidin.org/materials/Origami-near%20300%20project.pdf
Tuning instruction: alien-warrior-head.pdf