The latest origami model that I've been folding (a little obsessively) is the Origami Magic Star that was created by the amazing creators of Oriland. A link to the YouTube video of their model in action is here. You can buy the e-book on how to fold the model here. The creators have a Flickr page with pictures of fan-folded models here.
The model can be folded in several different ways; from as many as 48 squares of paper to 12 strips of paper to 6 strips of paper all the way to the extremely impressive single sheet of paper (here is a picture of someone that tackled this daunting task). My favorite way to fold the model is the one that is the most modular: by using 48 squares of paper.
No matter what initial folding method is used to create the units, the final assembly method is pretty much the same. The model is essentially created through 6 rings that are interlocked (unless the single sheet of paper method is being used). For myself, the hands-down most difficult point is the assembling of the final ring to the first one. The creators show a technique that interlocks everything nicely, but I have yet to be able to assemble is without tearing the paper. Thankfully, the points where the paper tears aren't seen and don't seem to affect the model.
So, without further rambling here are the pictures and videos of the models that I have folded. Normally pictures are completely sufficient to show off origami, but the reason this model is so fantastic is that its an action model. I've got a picture of each of the models followed by a short video clip of them.
|The next pattern that I attempted was the basic 'ring' style. My wife picked out the colors and as a result they go very well together :-)|
There have actually been a few other models that I have folded and am in the process of folding. I either need pictures/videos of them or I need to finish them. Either way, my school work is currently having to come before anything (dang school is always getting in the way of fun).
I totally recommend purchasing this e-book from Oriland. The instructions are fantastic and all in color. The directions are very clear and easy to understand. Be warned, though, that the final assembly does get a little tricky and may take a couple of attempts. But the end result is totally worth it!