Ancient Dragon (Satoshi Kamiya): First Fold (Back View)

Kamiya, Satoshi
Adams, Sara
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This is the fourth time I attempted the model, and the first time I completed it. All the other times I faulted the paper (and just possibly a bit my folding ability) for the failure. This time I made some double tissue, which is one of the recommended paper choices for the model. And indeed I succeeded in completing the model. It might not be the tidiest fold, but I am still happy that I managed to complete it this time round. Also see a picture of the front view.

Paper: 48cm square of double tissue
Model: 18cm length, 21cm wingspan


Nice! I think u should but in more instrunctional videos such as john montrols three headed dragon. lol. I think it looks awsome

is tissue foil good for the origami ancient dragon

If it's thin enough, it should work well.

-- Sara

Hi! i love your website :D I just wanted to know if the 60 cm^2 tissue foil from will work for this model? please reply!

I haven't tried it, but it might work. I've only folded the model once, and that was from double tissue. I'd tried it with some other paper before and failed miserably. Those papers weren't really like Nicolas Terry's tissue foil, though. My gut feeling tells me double tissue would probably work better.

-- Sara

Yes!Actually tissue foil paper is awesome for this type of origami,also Kamiya took a picture of this fold using the tissue foil paper

Where can you get tissue foil? And is tissue foil just tissue paper with foil under it?

Yes, tissue foil is a combination of foil and tissue (hence the name). I'm not sure where you can get it. There are probably some sources, but thus far I've always made my own tissue paper (glue tissue and paper together).
By the way, tissue paper is probably not the best choice of paper for the ancient dragon.

-- Sara

i would like to know if u have attempted and or completed satoshi kamiya's bahamut and if so can u please make a tutorial . ( with the author's permission of course ).

I haven't folded Bahamut, and I don't think I will. More importantly, though, I will not be presenting any of Satoshi Kamiya's work in instructional videos. This is as he wishes it, and I respect that.

-- Sara

I don't have spray glue so is there any other glue which I can use to
create tissue foil???

Was just wondering what steps you think is particularly hard in this model.

Ah, it's been some time since I folded this. I do remember there are a couple of complex sinks in there, where you need to partly closed sink, partly open sink, and all that on maybe 6 different parts at the same time. ;)
I'm sure those weren't the hardest steps, but those stuck in my mind.
I think the main difficulty here is that there are so many steps, and small errors add up. Plus, paper choice is so important, because most paper can't handle that much creasing and holding in your hands and fiddling around with. ;)

-- Sara

I've had that problem a lot with some models. The papers just tears even though I'm super gentle with it, but I've watched your video on how to make double tissue and tissue foil, so I was planning on getting to make that soon:) The only thing I'm afraid of is that it won't be a perfect square, and I'd have to start all over again, but it will probably work out. Thanks for the answer and I'll try to practise more advanced close sinks ^^

i tried folding this with a tissue foil sheet i made (tissue+foil+tissue) but couldn't finish it because i think my paper became too thick so i cant make the sinks. It became too crumply and I cant see the creases i made anymore :(

i will try again with double tissue, i hope it succeeds.

i have already made about 8 attempts with different types of paper but couldnt get past step 185 :(

I believe you'll have an easier time with double tissue. :)

-- Sara

I was wondering if you think I could use gift-wrapping paper to make this model. So far I'm on step 140 using it but I was wondering if you think I will be able to finish with that type of paper. By the way the paper was very, very big. About 80 cm.

Well, wrapping paper is a very broad term. :) So perhaps it's ok. But usually wrapping paper won't work well for complex folds. I recommend using double tissue: http://www.happyfold...

-- Sara

I'm living in Germany and Origami is one of my greatest hobbys. I've made many complex models (nearly any out of the book of Satoshi Kamiya) and made Bahamut on first and ancient dragon on second try. Now i wanted to ask you if you can give me some challinging modles or models you've designed by yourself. It's better if you write me to my E-mail . Would be happy to get a reponse :)

Will Nicholas Terry Tissue Foil 60cm by 60cm work for this origami I would appreciate it if you answered my question

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