After already posting two very interesting kusudama tutorials {Tributary & Jadis} by the New Zealand Origami artist, Xander Perrott, in the past, I have the pleasure of presenting you today with the 15 Chameleon Origami Stars Tutorial. What that means is that from the basic Origami Chameleon Star module, you can change a fold or two and get to a completely different star design. This is a modular Origami star, which is put together by 6 units. By the way, you can connect with Xander on his different social networks: Instagram, FacebookFlickr. Thank you, Xander, for giving me permission to fold & make a tutorial of your beautiful Origami design!

Tip: Papers I usually buy on Ebay or Origami Shop. Japanese books I tend to buy from CDJapan.


The Chameleon Origami  Stars is an easy project and thus suitable from beginner level onwards. If you are completely new to Origami, don’t start with the # 15 Chameleon Star – as this model is probably the most tricky to assemble.

Paper & Ratio for the Chameleon Stars

As you already can see from the pictures here, the Chameleon stars need either Kami or Duo Colored Paper to show it’s beautiful pattern. The Ratio for the design is 1:√3. If you have trouble calculating the ratio for your project, use my Origami Ratio Calculator. I used the following measurements for my examples: 10 cm x 5.8 cm / 3.9 in x 2.3 in and 7.3 cm x 4.2 cm / 2.9 in x 1.7 in. As you see in my pictures, I used a bigger and smaller size paper. What I did was, I first used a 10 cm / 3.9 in big Origami paper, and then cut the second measurement from the left over strip.

Folding

All 15 Chameleon Stars follow one basic folding sequence – which has only very few steps and is easy to remember. You can start on either side of the paper – but you can fold one example from each side and compare with the different modules shown in the video, as to which color is more dominant (white or colorful). That’s exactly what I did when folding my stars. I wanted the colorful side to show more, and the white part to show only a bit.

And the folding sequence for each of the 15 modules only adds one to about three additional folds to the basic folding sequence. You can even try to come up with your own Chameleon star if you play around with the design a bit.

Assembly

The assembly is the same on the backside for all models, but differs a bit on the front side. So for the front side, some flaps need to be placed only on the top, others need to be placed into the pocket of the previous module. Almost all of the 15 Chameleon Stars are very stable, once assembled. Two models (# 5 & # 8) might need a drop of glue to hold together.

Conclusion

I hope you have enjoyed this very versatile Origami star tutorial. This Origami project is suitable for all abilities and is quite a quick project (only 6 modules needed per star). By the way, my favorite stars are # 5, #10, # 11, # 13 and # 14.

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