Origami Celtic Brooch (José Meeusen)

Origami Celtic Brooch (José Meeusen)

Hey guys, this is Evan from EZ Origami! And today I'll be teaching you how to fold an Origami Celtic Brooch designed by José Meeusen.

This is a great modular model and it's very simple to fold.

This model requires 12 square sheets of paper.

Each unit is folded from one square, and I recommend using 3" squares to fold the units.

Using 3" squares will result in a model about 4.

5" wide.

And I'm going to be using larger paper with color on one side and white on the other just to make it a bit easier to follow along.

And once you've prepared your paper, then we're going to start with our first square with the colored side up.

And then we're going to fold in half diagonally.

So take this bottom right corner and fold it up to the top left corner.

Align the corners and the edges and then make your crease.

And now we're going to fold up this bottom corner and align it with this top left corner here.

So we're going to do that by lifting up the bottom of the model, and once both of those corners are aligned, then you can make your crease through all layers.

And then your model should look like this.

Then we're going to turn the model over.

And now we're going to fold over this right diagonal edge and align it with this top horizontal edge here.

So we're going to do that by lifting up the right side of the model, and we're going to start at this top right corner and work our way over to the left, aligning both of those edges.

Just like this.

And once both edges are completely aligned, then you can make your crease.

And then you can unfold.

And now we're going to separate the two top layers of paper.

So we're going to do that by grabbing this top white layer here, and we're simply going to pull it up as far as it'll go.

So you simply want to pull it up like this until it doesn't want to go any further.

And then you'll see that the right side of the model does not lie flat.

So what we want to do is simply push over on those layers.

So we're simply going to push them over to the left, and you'll see that the model will start to re-collapse along existing creases.

So we simply want to reinforce those creases just to flatten everything out.

And once you've done that, then your model should look like this.

And now we're going to fold up this bottom flap along this existing horizontal crease here.

So we're going to do that by lifting up this white and colored flap, and we're going to pull it up as far as it'll go.

Then you can simply flatten out the model along that existing crease, and then you should have something like this.

And now we're going to make a crease that connects this bottom corner with this top right corner here.

So we're going to do that by grabbing this top white layer of paper, and we're going to pull it over to the right.

Then we want to start at the top right corner and work our way down until both of those corners are connected, just like this.

And then you can make your crease all the way across.

And then your model should look like this.

Then we're going to turn the model over, and we're going to do the same exact thing.

So this time we're making a crease that connects this bottom corner with this top left corner here.

So we're going to make that crease by simply folding over the top white layer of paper, and we're going to pull it over to the left.

And we can simply align this flap with the layer from behind, just like this.

As you're doing this, you'll see it will connect both of those corners, and then you can make your crease all the way across.

And then your model should look like this.

And then we're going to turn the model over.

And now we're going to lift up this top colored layer of paper.

So we're simply going to pull it up like this, but we're not going to make a crease.

I just want you to notice this small triangle that extends from this left edge here.

And what you want to do is simply fold that triangle over to the right as far as it will go.

So you can make your crease, just like this, and you'll see that the new crease you've just made will align with this left edge as well.

Once you've done that, then you can fold the colored flap back down.

Then we're going to turn the model over, and we're going to do the same exact thing.

So once again we're going to lift up this top colored layer of paper, and we're going to hold it up like this.

And then you'll see this small white triangle extending from this right edge.

So we simply want to fold that over to the left as far as it will go, and then you can make your crease.

You'll see that your crease will align with this right edge here, and then you can fold the colored flap back down.

And you can slightly rotate the model, and this is one completed unit.

Now you must fold 11 more.

Once you've folded all 12 units, you're going to need 2 to start the assembly.

Then look at one, and you'll notice that it has a flap like this on each side and it also has a pocket underneath this colored edge here on each side.

So once again, we're going to take our second unit, and what we want to do is insert both of its flaps inside of the pockets on the first unit.

So we're going to do that by lifting up both units, and then we want to slowly bring them together.

So we're just going to bring them together like this.

And as you're doing this, you want to make sure that the second unit's flap goes underneath the first unit's pocket.

And we also want to make sure we're doing this correctly on the back side.

So if you quickly turn the model over, you want to make sure that the second unit's flap is underneath this colored layer here on the first unit.

Then if we turn the model back over, we're going to continue pushing the units together until they're completely aligned.

And to do that we're going to align the bottom right corner of the first unit with the bottom of this colored edge here on the second unit.

So you can see this point down here both units align.

But you can see that the units aren't aligned at the top.

So in order to do that, we're simply going to push the second unit over to the left, just so that it aligns with the white edge on the first unit, just like this.

And you'll notice that the units actually won't align at the top which is why it's so important to make sure they're completely aligned down here at the bottom.

And once the units are completely aligned, then you can put the model back down, and now we want to focus on this flap here we're both of the units meet.

And what we want to do is take this top point here and align it with this intersection, where this small vertical crease intersects with this colored edge.

So we're going to do that by simply pulling down the top of this flap and aligning it with that intersection, just like this.

You'll see that the right vertical edges will align, and it will form a 90-degree angle at the top right corner.

And once everything is aligned, then you can make a sharp crease through all layers.

And now we want to tuck this small flap underneath this colored layer here on the second unit.

So we're simply going to pull the second unit on top, just like this, and you'll see that the flap is partially hidden underneath.

And once you've done that, then you've connected the first two units.

And now we're going to add a third unit the same way.

So we're going to do that by inserting the third unit's flaps inside of the second unit's pockets, just like we've been doing.

So we're carefully going to bring the second and third units together, just like this.

And as you're doing this, you want to make sure that the third unit's flap goes underneath this colored edge here on the second unit.

You want to make sure you're doing this correctly on the back side as well, so quickly turn the model over, and make sure that the third unit's flap is underneath this colored edge here on the second unit.

And if you've done that correctly, then turn the model back over, and we're going to continue pushing the units together until they're completely aligned.

Again, we're simply going to align the bottom right corner of the second unit with the bottom of this colored edge here on the third unit.

And then we simply need to adjust the top of the third unit, so we're going to do that by simply pushing the third unit over to the left, just like this, until it aligns with the white edge on the second unit.

And once both units are completely aligned, then you can put the model back down.

So once again we're going to focus on this flap here, where the second and third units meet, and we're simply going to fold this top point down and align it with this point here, where this small vertical crease intersects with this colored edge.

So we're simply going to fold down the top of that flap, just like this, until it aligns with that intersection.

Again, you'll see that the right vertical edges will align.

And then you can make a sharp crease through all layers.

Once you've done that, then we want to tuck this small flap underneath this colored edge here on the third unit.

So we're going to do that by simply pulling the third unit on top, just like this, so that small flap is partially hidden underneath.

And once you've done that, then you've connected three units.

And now we're going to add a fourth unit the same way.

So once again, we're going to insert the fourth unit's flaps inside of the third unit's pockets, just like we've been doing.

So you want to make sure you're doing this correctly on both sides.

And again you just want to adjust the units until they're completely aligned.

So start by aligning the third and fourth units at the bottom, just like this.

And then you may need to slightly adjust the fourth unit, just to align the units at the top.

And once you've done that, then you can put the model back down.

Then again we're going to focus on this flap where the third and fourth units meet.

And we're simply going to fold down the top point and align it with the intersection that I mentioned before.

So we're simply going to fold it down just like we've been doing.

And once that top point is aligned with the intersection, then you can make a sharp crease through all layers.

Then we simply want to tuck that small flap underneath the colored layer on the fourth unit, just like this.

And once you've done that, then you've connected 4 units.

And now we're going to add the remaining 8 units this same way.

So just continue adding units until you've reached the last one.

And once you've connected 12 units, then we need to connect the first and last units together.

So we're going to do that by inserting the first unit's flaps inside of the last unit's pockets, just like we've been doing.

We're simply going to push the units together until they're completely aligned.

Then you can put the model back down, and then we're going to fold down this last point just like we've been doing.

So we're just going to pull it down like this.

Since you can't see the small reference crease anymore, I find the easiest to align this point with the colored edge on the first unit.

Just make sure that the vertical edges are aligned, then you can make your crease.

And we simply want to tuck that flap underneath the colored edge here on the first unit.

So we're carefully going to tuck that flap inside, just like this.

And once you've connected the first and last units, then you can turn the model over, and your Origami Celtic Brooch is complete! I hope you enjoyed this video tutorial on how to fold an Origami Celtic Brooch designed by José Meeusen.

Free to upload photos of your completed model to the YouTube Gallery on my website to be featured here in my next video, or simply upload your photos to Instagram with the hashtag #ezorigami to be featured here as well.

Also, be sure to check out José's Instagram feed for photos and diagrams of many of her original designs.

She's a really talented origami artist, and she's actually received several prestigious awards for her contributions to origami exhibitions in Japan.

So I definitely recommend taking a look at her work.

Again, I hope you've enjoyed this video.

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