Text-Only Instructions
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Steps 1 to 8 are instructions for the waterbomb base.
Steps 1 to 20 are also similar to those used for the Rose Base Box (MDL0076).
Paper to be used: Square, any size; a square made from printer paper will work         for practicing purposes.
Otherwise, thin, specialty origami paper is recommended for this model as it will look better and keep its shape for longer.
Folding level: Intermediate
Steps: 32
This model is a 3D rose that is formed by using a twisting motion in the last steps.
It is considered to be one of the easier rose models, so worth folding if you love flowers and would like to improve on your skills.
The only slight drawback of using a twist to form this model is that it may tend to quickly lose its shape after completion.
So, keep this in mind when folding it for a special occasion.
For convenience and, hopefully, more clarity,  the folding of this rose is divided into  parts:
Part 1 - The Waterbomb or Balloon Base
Part 2 - Folding Small Corners
Part 3 - Changing the shape
Part 4 - Lifting and twisting the rose
Try to focus on one part of the folding sequence at a time. This will make things easier to follow and understand.
Part 1 - The Waterbomb Base
NOTE:  This model starts from the waterbomb or balloon base. If you are able to achieve this without instructions, fold the base and then go to Step 9.
Step 1
Place a square  down  with  the edges at the top and bottom, left and right.
Step 2
Bring the top edge down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and unfold.
Step 3
Bring the left edge over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold.
Step 4
Turn the square over and position it so that its points are facing up and down, left and right.
Step 5
Bring the left point over to meet the right point. Crease and unfold.
Step 6
Bring the top point down to meet the bottom point. Crease and leave folded.
Step 7
Grasp the left and right points of the resulting triangle and push inward. The model should collapse along the pre-existing folds. The result will be another triangle shape that has one folded flap sticking out from the back of the model and another sticking out from the front.
Step 8
Fold the front flap to the left and fold the back flap to the right so that your model will lie flat.
The model will have one open end, which should be facing you.
Part 2 - Folding Small Corners
Step 9
Next, grasp the left bottom corner of the triangle, top layer only, and fold it upwards to reach the top point.
Make sure the edges are aligned on the left side of the model.
Leave folded.
Step 10
Repeat with the bottom right corner.
Step 11
Now, fold the two top points of the diamond shape straight down again, so that they meet each other at the bottom point of the diamond.
Notice that the two triangles are actually pockets with openings that lie along the vertical center of the diamond.
Step 12
With the fingers of one hand, Open the left side pocket and bring the top point down to meet the bottom vertical center. The paper will open and collapse into a small square that will form on the bottom left of the model.
 Press flat.
Step 13
Repeat with the right pocket.
There will now be two squares next to each other at the bottom of the model with triangular points peeking out at the top.
Step 14
Focusing on the two small bottom squares, find the left and right loose points at the vertical center crease.
Fold these points upwards and outwards to make two new smaller triangles on top of the squares.
Step 15
There will be a third small triangle at the center of the model. Fold the point of this triangle up as far as it will go.
It will basically fold in half, creating an even smaller triangle.
After this step you will have 3 small triangles at the bottom of the model with a large triangle at the top.
Step 16
Flip the model over and repeat Steps 9 to 15 on the other side.
Your model will now be cymmetrical, still with the large triangle at the top, and with 3 small triangles formed at the bottom on each side.
Step 17
Flip the flap on the right, the top layer only, over to the left, to reveal a smooth surface.
Step 18
On this surface, notice that the bottom of the figure is made up of 2 squares that are next to each other.
Take the bottom left and right points of the figure and fold them upwards and inwards so they meet at the vertical center of the model to form 2 triangles.
These triangles will be a similar size to the ones you folded in previous steps.
Leave folded.
Step 19
As before, there will once again be a small central point to fold up in half. Crease and leave folded.
Step 20
Flip the model over from left to right and repeat the previous three steps to complete folding 3 small triangles on the fourth side of the model.
You will now have folded 12 small triangles at the bottom of the model, 3 on each side.
The outline of the shape will have 5 sides. It will resemble a sailboat.

Part 3 - Changing the shape
Step 21
Next, fold down the large top triangular point as far as it will go and make a strong horizontal crease.
It will cover the 3 folded triangles at the bottom of the model.
Step 22
Turn over the entire model from left to right.
Make sure that the large triangle is pointing towards you. It should lie flat on the table while you bring the multi-layered part of the model, where all the small triangles have been folded,  into an upright position.
Step 23
Your model will now start to form from a flat, 2D creation into a 3D creation.
You will notice that the part of the model that is standing straight up is resembling an upsidedown boat shape.
You will be opening this multi-layered shape in a certain way to form, what I loosely call a "bow tie" figure.
Hold the multi-layered shape with the thumb and fingers of one hand in an upright position, facing the ceiling. With your other hand, open the layers a little and investigate the top edges of the shape, starting nearest you.
Concentrate on the center part of the model for now, ignoring the triangles on the sides.
Count the edges of the shape only, as if you are counting the files in a cabinet, touching them from the top.
You should be able to identify 3 main layers:
Nearest you there will be  a straight edge made up of 2 layers.
A similar  edge will also form the back of the multi-layered shape furthest away from you.
In between these edges, you will find a 2-layered structure or fold, with the hinge or closed part of the structure right at the center of the model.
Step 24
To prepare for the opening of the upright structure into a flat square, gently pull the edge nearest you toward you. It won't lie flat, but that is fine for now.
Do the same with the edge that is furthest away from you.
This will give you access to the center structure of the model.
Step 25
What you will aim to do is to find the place where the 2 triangular shapes touch each other with their closed sides, right at the center of the figure.
Then, gently grab the folds at this point and pull the paper down, away from the center to the left and right. You want the folds that are touching to part and for the folds to fan out into 2 triangles or what I call a bow tie shape.
 To help you, you can place your fingers on the left and right inside the pocket that is formed by the 2 center triangles and as you pull the paper down to the left and right, use your fingers to open the paper, spreading it into a triangle on each side.
Once you have done this fold you should have a model that lies completely flat on your folding surface. The outline of the shape will still have 5 sides, but a square will have formed at the top center of the model with 2 triangles forming the bow tie shape lying on top of the square.
Part 4 - Lifting and twisting the rose
Step 26
Next, flip the entire model over so you can work with the large triangle that has been lurking on the other side.
Step 27
Like you did with the multi-layered structure before, pick up the triangle so it points to the ceiling. Make sure it is with one of its flat sides facing you.
Notice that the triangle is made up of 4 separate folds or flaps. You will now be moving 2 of the folds in opposite directions in the next step, while leaving 2 of the flaps unchanged.
Step 28
To do this, grab the flap nearest you on the right and move it diagonally towards you, keeping it in an upright position. The folds on the right of the square will automatically move to the left.
No new crease is made here. It is basically a shifting of the folds, using a gentle lifting motion in order to bring one of the flaps into an upright position.
The outcome after this fold will be that you will have a flap or fold that is standing up and dividing the rectangle nearest you in half.
Step 29
Do the fold for the previous step in the opposite direction by grabbing the flap furthest away from you on the left and move it diagonally away from you, keeping it in an upright position. The folds on the left of the square will automatically move to the right.
The outcome after this fold will be that you will have another flap or fold that is standing up and dividing the rectangle furthest away from you in half.
With these last 2 folds, you will have turned your flat multi-layered square into a 3D figure with the 4 flaps now standing up.
These two folds are quite challenging, so take your time with them.
Notice that the model might seem to be off-center, with the flaps not standing quite straight and the part of the model that is touching the table will be cymmetrical, but no longer a square.
This is part of the design and will allow you, in this case, to twist the paper in a certain direction.
Step 30
It is now finally time for twisting your rose into shape.
Pick up the model and hold it gently in one hand with the triangular folds still facing up.
Gently grab the model near its center, with your thumb and 3 other fingers placed within each qquarter of the model.
Holding the model firmly near the bottom With one hand, do the twisting motion in a clockwise direction with the other.
Make sure not to twist too much or too hard, otherwise the paper might get torn.
Step 31
Keep twisting and arranging the rose until you are satisfied with its shape.
Once you have twisted the triangles a few times, gently squeeze the rose in your hand to form it from the bottom.
Step 32
Lastly, you can gently curl the outside petals with your fingers or with a thin implement like a pencil or a dowel.
This last step is optional, though.
Congratulations! Your twisty rose is finished!
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Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe, April 2022
Revised, February 2024
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