Thursday, September 3, 2009

Tutorial Part 1

Good Morning!
Welcome to my first written tutorial. For this tutorial you are going to learn how to make an origami unit. This unit is very versatile. You can make many objects by assembling the units together.

Step 1: You will need 4 1/8 x 2 piece of printer paper. (Paper size can be changed once you've learned. Recommended paper size 1 3/4 x 3.)

Step 2: Fold in half like this (horizontally).

Step 3: Fold in half (vertically) then unfold.

This will create a valley fold for the center.

Step 4: Fold the left side to center. Leave a little gap. See picture.

Step 5: Fold right side to center. Leave a little gap.

Step 6: Flip over, now the triangle is pointing down.

Step 7: Fold left corner in. Repeat with the one on the right.

Step 8: Fold the left corner down. Repeat with the one on the right.

Now your unit should look like this.

Step 9: Fold in half. It should look like a right triangle with two pockets and two points.

Congratulations! you've just finished one unit.

Let's look at the unit closely. Each unit has three sizes. Two sizes are equal and one of them has POCKET. The third size is the longest one.

I will call the two corners as WINGS.
This unit won't stay close; therefore, you'll need to make more units and tug the two wings into the pocket. See picture below.

It's important that your finished piece look like this. See the two pockets?

Make more and keep connect them like this so the units will stay neat.

Have fun making the units. For the 5 points bowl you'll need 225 units. For the swan you'll need about 500 units. Don't let these numbers scare you. It wasn't too bad folding all these units. I did it and so can you!
Tip: Cut all the pieces that are needed for the project. Do not just sit down and fold these units all at once. It will take you forever. Fold them while you watch TV shows or movie or while you wait at the doctor's office.

If my tutorial is not clear, leave me a comment with your question. I love to hear from you.

Happy crafting!



Whimcees said...

Great tutorial! ONLY 225 and 500 units!? That's a lot of units - but I am willing to try it! Looking forward to your next tutorial on how to make a project!

Wishing you a good day!

Barbara Diane

Bernice said...

After seeing your work on SCS, I had to come over to your blog, you are a genius! I've always wanted to try origami, so thanks so much for your tutorial. I'd like to try something a lot less advanced so I keep watching for a simpler project. Thanks for sharing.