Eggs

Koi Carp

This model is one designed by origami master Robert Lang. They are on the cover of his book “Origami Design Secrets”, which is a must have book for anybody interested in the science of.  paper folding.

Lang’s model has neat, rounded scales, over 400 in total. For this you need to use a big sheet of paper,  about 60cm x 60cm or bigger.  I wanted to try something a bit simpler and quicker to fold.  The model above has a mere 120 scales and was folded on a 30cm. square sheet of tissue foil.

The scales themselves are simple square pleats, which are made up as follows.

 

1. How to do a basic pleat

  • Form a simple pleat.
  • Then fold a pleat in the other direction.
 Form a waterbomb base
  • Gently pull apart the paper, forming a mini water bomb base
 
  •  Squash the pleat back down


2. Pleat the next row

Pleat the next row, horizontally and vertically.  Follow the order sequence below.

8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
7 7 7 7 7 7 7 8
6 6 6 6 6 6 7 8
5 5 5 5 5 6 7 8
4 4 4 4 5 6 7 8
3 3 3 4 5 6 7 8
2 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8