Video Tutorial – Olympic Torch

A model design of Leyla Torres

Origami Model of an Olympic Torch designed by Leyla Torres

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In this Olympic Torch tutorial, you will learn how to fold two versions. You will also learn how to make the Olympic rings, which were inspired by a modular ring created by Laural Kruskal.

One of our members suggested that this Olympic torch can be turned into a rocket by turning the torch upside down!

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Tips and suggestions for making the Olympic Torch

  • To make the torch you need two pieces of paper, one for the handle and one for the flame.
  • Cut two squares out of a letter-size piece of paper. Each of a different color. You can use Tant paper also. It is ideal if the paper is the same color on both sides. In the video, it is demonstrated with printing paper.
  • 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.
  • Have a table knife or a spoon handy. You’ll use it to curl the paper.
  • For the handle, you need to begin by folding a preliminary base.
  • For the flame, you need to begin by folding a frog base.

Origami terms to note:

  • Modular Origami Also known as Unit Origami is a paper folding technique that uses two or more sheets of paper to create a piece. 
  • Reverse a fold: to turn a fold from valley into a mountain or the other way around, mountain into a valley.
  • Squash fold: It is when we open or separate two layers of paper, then press and flatten the paper to make the fold. 
  • Soft-roll fold: to fold the paper very softly as if rolling, but without making a crease.
  • Lock: When locking occurs, an area of the paper is fixed at a particular configuration so that it stays in place and cannot be easily unfolded.

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