A model design of Yara Yagi
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This charming origami buffalo, designed by Yara Yagi (Brasil) is an action model, a perfect little bovine to celebrate the Year of the Ox.
This origami Buffalo was created as part of a friendly competition to design a simple model using triangular-shaped paper. Yara’s use of a single square cut into two identical triangles is ingenious. I modified some angles and added minor folds to the body piece so that it is more stable to hold the head, and there is a suggestion of legs and a rump.
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Tips and suggestions for making the Buffalo
- Thin and crisp paper is ideal to use for this buffalo. I have had success with kami and a paper slightly thicker than kami.
- In the video, the buffalo is demonstrated using a paper slightly thicker than kami.
- Use a piece of paper that’s at least 6 x 6 inches (15 x 15 cm.) when you make this model for the first time. You will need to cut the square diagonally to make two triangles, one for the body and one for the head.
- Both sides of the paper show on the face. If each side has a different color, the color difference will enhance the features of the buffalo.
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