Origami Tutorial: Carambola (Carmen Sprung)

Origami Tutorial: Carambola (Carmen Sprung)

In this video I’m going to show you how to fold Carmen Sprung’s most recent
model, the “carambola”. The model reminds of a starfruit when you cut it in half. I think it’s simply beautiful, especially because of these curves that will form very naturally. I folded this model from
a 15cm square (6 in). The diameter, that’s about the distance
from here to that connection, is then about 7cm (2 3/4 in). It varies a bit depending on how
much you open the flower again. The model isn’t folded
from a square, though, but from a pentagon. That’s why I’ll first show you how to cut a pentagon from a square. You can use any paper you like, heavier paper works better, so don’t use too thin paper. Then the curves will work better and that gives the model
a special touch. The model doesn’t need
duo colored paper. It can have one or two colors. The back of the model is white
if you use paper that’s white on one side. I usually use Paper that has two different colors,
so that it’s easier to see what’s happening in the video. So let’s get started. If one side is white,
start with the white side up. Fold the paper in half horizontally. Now we want to mark the halfway point on one side. So let’s first take one corner and mark the center here. You can also crease in the top,
but it’s not necessary. We only need the center. To really locate the halfway point
we need an intersection. So let’s fold the top layer again and again only mark the center to get that intersection. You can again crease in the top
if you like. We’ll cut the top section off later. Then turn the paper like this. Here’s an open side,
and there’s a closed side. We want to divide this 180 degree angle
into fifths. So the center of the pentagon
will lie on this edge. That’s why we have to take the corner on the closed side
and fold it up. If you use the open side you’ll cut a wonderful pentagon that’s divided in half. So always be careful: The closed side needs to be on the right and you have to take
the lower right corner and align it with the intersection. Like this we fold 2/5 of the angle. So we can get 1/5 by halving the angle,
so let’s fold edge to edge. This means we’ve got one, two,
three fifths here. So this angle is again 2/5
of 180 degrees. So let’s fold the angle in half again
by aligning this edge with that edge right here. Like this.
And then we’ve again got 2/5. Let’s fold that in half again. Now we’ve divided the angle
into five equal parts. We’ve got several layers of paper here. The top layer already represents an edge
of the final pentagon. So let’s cut along there. I usually use a cutting knife. But many of you probably don’t have one,
so I’ll use normal scissors to cut along that edge. That works really well, too. The cut may not be 100% straight, but it shouldn’t be off by much. Be sure to cut all layers the same. When you cut with scissors
they sometimes slip a bit and the lower layers aren’t cut
perfectly. Then you need to correct and cut again.
It worked well for me straight away. Now unfold everything. And there you’ve got it:
a perfectly regular pentagon. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Now let’s start. The paper already has some
precreasing we need. So that’s good. Each corner is connected
to its opposite side. Let’s take an edge of the pentagon and align it with this precreasing. Crease up to the central crease,
that yo can see here. I didn’t mark it, so it’s probably
not as visible in the video. But we only need the crease
up to that halfway point. Repeat that on all sides. Now we created this star shape. Look at these spikes. They meet at the precreasings that we created
when cutting the pentagon. We now want to crease the connection between these two points. I like doing that as follows:
First take a point and add a pinch mark
that goes through it, then take the point and align it with the crease line. Then crease between those
two points only. And repeat that on all sides. Each time pinch, align, and crease. I think it’s much easier to just
take one point make a pinch in it and then align. We’ll hit the other point
automatically. This makes it easier to work precisely. At least it’s like that for me. Let’s do some more precreasing that will make the next step easier. Can you see the small pentagon
we created in the inside? We want to connect two points
with a crease. Locate one point, skip one,
and pick the next one. We want to connect these two points,
thus creating a star in the center. How will we do that? First take a point of the pentagon, make a small pinch here and then align this crease line here on itself – where it continues above – and crease between the two points only. Like this we create a crease line
between the two points of the inner pentagon. Repeat that a couple of times. Always add a pinch, then align, and crease.
As you can see I again am only creasing between these
two points and no farther. It’s quite important for this model, because we want these
beautiful curves in the end that make the model so fabulous. That only works if that
area of the paper has no unnecessary creases. The curves are formed
with this area of the paper, so we don’t want to crease there. Now we’ve got a nice pentagon here. I’ll add another step here that will make the next step easier. Let’s first refold the creases we created in a previous step. In the last step we created these crease lines. We want to fold those on both
layers of the paper. So fold it to the inside and then press on both sides. Now the creases are on both layers. Repeat that on all five sides, too. The angle that we fold here
decides how far the petals are opened. I tried a out a variation where I chose a smaller angle. I folded the angle bisector
(of the nner pentagon). Right now we’re not working
with the angle bisector. But if you do, the final model
looks more like a star or a snowflake. But let’s continue with this model. We can start collapsing it now. First fold one of these edges in and form a rabbit ear. All creases are already there, so just pinch this back into place and then again pinch this crease
back together. Then fold in half. I’ll show you again. First do this,
and press down right here, then pinch this together,
so that a rabbit ear emerges. Then fold it in half – you can see it
nicely in the back. Then check that the small pentagon in
the center of the star is pressed to the top. Again pinch, pinch, fold in half. Pinch, pinch, fold in half. Using the precreases
– when we fold it together like this – – pinch, fold up – ensures that this area
is folded upwards, not to the bottom.
That should happen automatically. But if you’re having trouble with it,
do check that the paper is folded up. Now we’ve done this on all sides. Now press that central pentagon to the top. It’s already precreased
– you can see that here. We want to make an open sink now. The mountain folds
all around are already done. Now we want to collapse it. Try it like this:
First push a bit on the center. Then take your index finger
and your thumb and pinch the corner a bit. Do that for each corner. Just pinch the point a bit. We’re only working on existing creases. And then the open sink is done. It has a nice star shape. The model’s almost done now. We only have to take these creases here – these mountain folds –
and press them inside. So press them upwards
and then they should autmatically reverse. If that doesn’t work as nicely for you
ensure that you’re reversing the fold
all the way to the tip. I’ll try to show you
how it doesn’t work. See this – it doesn’t quite work –
and why? Look here.
There’s still a gap here. Ensure that the crease is reversed
all the way to the end. Then it works again. You can also press together
the two adjacent points to stabilize the reversed fold a bit. Proceed with the next one and the next one and the last one. Just let the crease reverse by itself. Don’t stress the paper too much. We want to have these beautiful,
natural curves. I like to add a finishing touch, which isn’t necessary. I like to round the tips a bit. For this I take my index finger
and my thumb and press the tip a bit to the side. My thumb is a bit wider than
my index finger and I also position the thumb
a bit lower on the model. Like this the curve goes
in one direction. I really like that. You could pinch the corner on both
sides symmetrically. I prefer it to be a bit asymmetric. Repeat on all corners. And then we’re all done with the carambola
designed by Carmen Sprung. It’s an absolutely fantastic model, so do give it a try. Happy folding!

100 thoughts on “Origami Tutorial: Carambola (Carmen Sprung)

  1. excuse me miss Adams. but could you please, please help me with the model "columbine for renate" I get lost and frustrated on the 12th step. I don't know what its asking me to do mabey its because I messed up a previous step I don't know but I really want to fold this model because it looks great. please help me out, if you could do a tutorial or something or just explain it a little more clearly I would be ever so thankful…..

  2. This is origami. Most models need four-sided papers. This one needs a five-sided. Since five-sided papers aren't normal to find, you need to make one, and cutting from a four-sided is one way.
    I get squares for origami by cutting regular rectangular printing papers.
    I'm sorry if I sound too defensive.

  3. wow that was so hard but instructions were very easy and good to understand!
    mine looks nowhere near as pretty as yours 🙁 but ill keep trying!!

  4. ¡Muy fácil! Bien explicado. No sé alemán, pero siguiendo el vídeo me quedó perfecta al segundo intento. ¡Gracias!

  5. Mein Ergebnis: Das Papier besteht nur noch aus Falten.
    Ich mag Origami und ich bin auch echt geduldig, aber das waren mir definitiv zu viele Vorfaltungen. Schade, dass es nicht einfacher geht, denn die Blüte ist wirklich schön…

  6. Klickt auf mich,schaut euch meinen kanal an,habe viele Tutorials und abonnieren nicht vergessen 🙂 (Dies ist eine Kleine werbung von mir)

  7. Super erklärt, Sara! Ich zumindest habe es gleich begriffen und auch hingekriegt. Ist zwar beim ersten mal noch nicht so schön gerade geworden, aber der 2. wird garantiert besser. Vielen vielen Dank!

  8. The language is GERMAN! because they have to speak in English? English is not the only language in the world! I'm Argentina and watch videos on many languages​​, but do not understand anything what they say, just pay attention to the movement, that's what matters! It's really annoying that the English speaking (although it very well that not all) require that all is said in English. Be more tolerant and less smug! (if something is not understood sorry, my language is not English, thank God!)

  9. Me encanto la flor!! y entendi todo aunque no hable aleman!! solo hay que prestar atencion a los movimientos. Y aquellos que dicen que no entendieron nada por el idioma, hagan el esfuerzo de concentrarse en las manos, no es imposible!!

  10. Me perdi em meio a tantas dobras e desdobras antes de terminar o vídeo meu papel já estava todo amassado. I've got lost among so many foldings and unfoldings before the end of the video my paper was in such a mess!








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  12. I completed this without hearing a word 😀 I think language is not a big deal in such videos! I completely agree with you 🙂

  13. Vielen Dank für die tolle Anleitung!
    Das Model hat es in sich und der eine oder andere Versuch landete in der Ecke, aber ich übe weiter… mit dem Klick auf die II PauseSchaltfläche klappt das ganz gut.

  14. sry aber ich komm da überhaupt nicht mit und versteh einiges auch nicht gleich weil ich ständig versuche alles gleichzeitig zu machen zuhören zuschauen und falten

  15. Und dann ist es streng genommen wieder kein originales Origami, denn Origami wird ausschließlich aus 4 eckigem Papier gemacht und wird auch nicht geschnitten oder gerissen. Soviel zu deiner schlauen Antwort.

  16. Es ist keine Haarspalterrei, Origami wird aus einem Viereckigen papier gemacht und nach dem mit dem Falten begonnen wurde wird nicht mehr geschnitten oder gerissen o.ä.. Und nach genau solchen videos habe ich gesucht, da ich mich außshließlich mit ORIGAMI befasse.
    Kirigami ist eine etwas andere version des Origami und erlaubt schnitte und risse nach dem Falten.

  17. Habs als Anfänger beim zweiten Mal geschafft, die ganzen Faltungen waren echt erst etwas vewirrend, aber wenn man nur an den vorgegebenen Stellen faltet geht es wirklich ganz gut. Vielleicht hast du auch erst den Fehler wie ich gemacht und alles "durchgefaltet" 😀
    Wenn nicht, versuch es doch trotzdem noch mal und mach alles genau wie die Frau im Video. Das wichtigste dabei ist das man nichts nebenbei noch macht.

  18. Can u pl give English subtitles for your videos they r really nice but it is difficult to follow the instructions. Thank u

  19. Danke für Deine tolle Erklärungen, ich bin als Anfänger sehr gut mitgekommen. Aber wie bekomme ich denn
    die originalen Blütenblätter? Du hast sie doch ein wenig schlanker gemacht.

  20. I liked this version better than the one you did in English. My first one didn't turn out too nice. Second time around was MUCH better. 🙂 Thank you!

  21. This is an awesome tutorial. Super in depth and super clear. I didn't get lost like I do in most origami video tutorials! Thank you.

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