After I’m done folding with the 2 Ladies (White and Amber), I felt like folding another human form model. Although this Fairy model by Jason Ku is not exactly ‘human’, but the drawing of the good proportion human figure caught my attention and I decided to give it a go.
The folding instruction is published in the Origami Tanteidan 16th Convention (2010). Try to use paper of at least 50cm square or you will have a hard time pulling the paper from tight corners. Use a tough paper to withstand the multiple in-out folds, and of course, the thinner the better.
I have use a 50cm square shimmer art paper (about 100g/cm^2). Not really a thin paper but pretty tough. it has survive my folding nicely until the day I folding it while waiting in my car, with the cool air condition blowing directly at it. Then the unexpected happened, the paper became quite brittle at a low temperature and started to crack and tear, and both my hand and heart stopped.
When I started to fold it again days later, under normal room temperature, the paper regained its toughness. Therefore the final model has a ‘battle scar’ across its left chest from the tear.
The design of this model may be very complex but the folding skill required is only intermediate. Although there are many in-out open sink (about 18 times if I’m not mistaken) but it is still manageable if the paper is large and thin enough. When you folded until step 71, you will get a result similar to a model fighter plane.
When you are done collapsing all the 18 in-out sinks by step 123, you will get a fully compact model with the whole sheet of 50cm square paper reduced to a 25cm x 5cm stack of paper. I did a count of the number of layers for the stack and the maximum number of layer is 84!
The remaining folds for the head and the arms are quite straight forward by just forming back the pre-crease. When folding of the 2 pairs of wing, just need to be caution with the symmetry of the model. As usual, the toughest but the most enjoyable part is the shaping. And here is my model of the Fairy.