Origami “Last Waltz” by Neal Elias (Part 1 of 5)

Origami “Last Waltz” by Neal Elias (Part 1 of 5)


in this video I’m going to show you how to forward the last waltz by Neal Elias and thanks to Dave Venables for permission to showing this model because he’s now the copyright holder it’s really a very nice model a very early model which shows really the power of box pleating in its early days and I quite love it and I hope you enjoy this video we’re going to start with a sheet of paper that has a ratio of three by one recommended paper sizes are 45 centimeters by 15 centimeters or 18 inches by 6 inches now we’re going to have to cut off one strip and I’ll show you which strip that is so first try to make a crease at 1 square so you can fold the diagonal make a small pinch unfold and add that pinch you’re going to bring up the paper to mark the middle of that square and a quarter of that square and then crease through at 1/8 like so then click cutting mat put the paper on it use a ruler a metal one works really well for cutting for a cutting knife be careful with that and cut through once so now you have the paper that you need you can discard this strip and we can start folding the model so now we’re going to fold the diagonal unfold and put the other diagonal – I like folding away from myself so I’m going to turn the paper around and crease like so unfold and then connect these two points to mark a square like so and unfold now divided into ace on this side and that side but do not extend up here so fold a half you’re a bit lazy just fold up here just be careful that the paper doesn’t drift and once more then give it a nice sharp crease because there are several layers of paper and apply like so then for the other leg again fold in two eggs but as I said before do not extend on this part only on the first square check what the caper is with it seems to be working fine for me and make strong creases and unfold so you see that you have a all around now do the same thing on the other side unheard everything now you can see that in the middle you don’t have creases or at least no strong creases that’s going to be the skirt and that’s why you don’t want creases on it next we’re going to collapse each of these sides in the box pleating fashion and these will be the two figures so for the first one make a mountain fold doesn’t matter right now which color up or not it will in a second and then make creases on one eighth in two mountains on the side and that side and one a inwards like so now you can pinch on the diagonal to get a mountain there – like so and then you can pinch inwards to have Valley folds on the next page like so just going along pieces that exist and the next one in words again is a mountain so in the end you still have two eighths that are unpressed so that’s one side then what you can do is on the sides push inwards so that the paper is in the back lying together and press flat and you’re creating new creases here so just go along there to make them nice and strong now on the other side turn over and do the steps as before so by turning the paper over we’re making a different color bigger but other than that everything is the same like so and again flap on the model like so and make the creases nice and strong now you need to determine which color the woman should be in which one in the man should be only I’m going to do a red woman and a purple man and if you want the other color just flip around like so so now you’d have a purple woman and a red man but that’s not what I want so and to flip this around again now female body we want to get out of the way

58 thoughts on “Origami “Last Waltz” by Neal Elias (Part 1 of 5)

  1. I've heard about this highly revered model before and now wonderfully, due to your excellent work, I have the chance to fold it!

  2. It's some wrapping paper I found and I immediately had to buy 3 rolls of it (red/purple, yellow/orange, green/blue). Funnily enough, I met someone at the BOS Spring Convention 2009 who bought the exact same paper, because they'd loved it just as much. In terms of wrapping paper for origami, it's just about as good as it gets. Now don't ask me where I bought it. I think it was in some department store in Hamburg, Germany.

  3. I usually contact the designer directly. Finding their contact details can be hard, but it's always worth it. I haven't been able to reach everyone I wanted, and not every designer has given me permission. This means that I can't make videos of every model that I'd like to. Respecting the designer's wishes is very important, though, and it's sad that lots of origami videos on YouTube don't. But maybe this will change in the future! I definitely am trying to set an example.

  4. Tough size for a first fold, well done! I think I was crazy enough to start with even smaller paper my first time round. See happyfolding(dot)com/gallery-elias-the_last_waltz

  5. i have one question:
    are u reading the book of Nick Robinson
    "The Encyclopedia of Origami"?
    becuz i just noticed that almost all of ur origami designs have in my book
    ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. It is good alternative for the traditional ceramic "bride and groom" on a wedding cake, specially if the woman is made with the white side of the paper XD

  7. Ah, I guess it's a finishing touch. But yes, I forgot. You can see it on the picture of my fold at the beginning of the video, though. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. With minor modifications (and longer paper) you should be able to make two females.

  9. You can try getting white and black tissue, and gluing it together with methyl cellulose. If you glue black tissue – foil – white tissue you should probably be able to shape the model better, and the white might pop a bit more. Not sure, haven't tried, but that's my best guess.

  10. I've just folded it white/foil/black. Fantastic result! the hands keep holded together much easy and the white skirt shines a little because of the foil beneath

  11. It's actually some really cheap wrapping paper (at least cheap in terms of origami paper). It's sold in Germany in some super markets, and is essentially heavy Kraft paper (if that means anything to you).

  12. @Qazpunk2234 You can also start with a sheet of paper that has a ratio of 1 by 2 7/8. I start with ratio 1 by 3, and then cut of 1/8th to get 1 by 2 7/8, because I think it's easier that way.

  13. @boffyful I've folded this model from wrapping paper (Kraft paper, actually), tissue foil, laminated paper (Neal Elias' choice the time of creation) and some lower quality stuff. So, yes, this model can be folded from different kinds of paper.

  14. @GwenKimDacones Yes. Check supplies . britishorigami . info – it's in the booklet BOS010 (Neal Elias Selected Works 1964-1973)

  15. For anyone that wants to skip the initial strip cut, here is some help. Using 45X15 as an example. The first square is 15X15. Folding to an eighth of that is 1/8*15= 15/8 or 1 7/8. In other words, for any sheet of paper, determine what an eighth of the smaller side is, and remove a strip that wide.

  16. @marvel2326 I used wrapping paper (Kraft paper) in this video. It's widely available in Germany, and actually of a nice quality for folding. I know that the paper isn't as available in other countries, but perhaps you can see whether some of the wrapping paper that's available where you live is also good for folding.

  17. @joshovideos It's 3 by 1 – after cutting off the thin strip, the ratio is 2 7/8 by 1.

  18. I made the knl dragon, the jack in a box, the tree frog by lang, and a lot of these complex models

    But should i be able to make this?

  19. @Origamisarah Sorry I have no clue what happened but my brother went on my accoun and went crazy or something. He must've posted that.

  20. #remake This is such good origami… made it with the rest of the sheet used in Llopio's Moment of Truth and gave it to my cousin as a wedding gift. And she just LOVED it, can't wait until someone marries again so that I have to redo it. Bonus points for turning 5 parts into a single one

  21. #remakeplease this is such an incredible model, I'd love to see a new tutorial in higher quality though I've successfully followed this one too:)

  22. #remakeplease I've tried this once before but I didn't understand completly. I'd love to see this again with a higher quality! :))

  23. #remakeplease Wow, I remember folding this model from your video long ago, and I can't believe how much things have changed since then!

  24. #remakeplease I've actually never folded this model, but I'm getting married and I would like to fold this as the cake topper hehe ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Sara, I'm very sorry for asking so many questions. I don't want to sound annoying. But where can I contact Dave Venable to get his permission to do a time lapse of this model?

  26. The diagrams for this model and 28 others are now available in my new 250 page book 'The Origami of Neal Elias' published by the British Origami Society and available from Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Origami-Neal-Elias-British-Society/dp/1546512276/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1503842125&sr=8-2&keywords=neal+elias
    The book will be launched at next weekends BOS 50th birthday convention in Stratford-Upon-Avon England. (1st – 3rd September 2017)

    Dave Venables
    [email protected]

  27. Hi Sarah, It looks like wrapping paper might be a good paper quality for this model?ย  Also, in the initial picture it looks like the male has more of a bend to his leg than in your demo model?

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