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
|(i) Form a simple pleat.|
|(ii) Then fold a pleat in the other direction|
|(iii) Gently pull apart the paper, forming a mini water bomb base|
|(iv) Squash the pleat back down.|
2. Pleat the next row
Pleat the next row, horizontally and vertically. Follow the order sequence below.