Text-Only Instructions
Credits and Resources:
Design and instruction via Whatsapp: Nishi Sakpal - Mumbai, India
Text-Only Instructions: Lindy van der Merwe, Cape Town, South Africa
Copyright 2024 by Lindy van der Merwe and Nishi Sakpal
Paper to be used: Square, any size; use large paper to practice with at first;
Folding level: Beginner/Intermediate
Steps: 9
Description: This is a 3D action model, representing an old-fashioned camera. It makes a wonderful toy for imaginative play, with a snapping sound to represent the clicking of the camera. A small hole can be added at the center of the model for fun.
Step 1
Fold the 2D or Flat Lantern - MDL0039, by going to the link below.
Step 2
Place your lantern so the rectangular shapes you have squashed down is at the top and bottom.
Step 3
Notice that at the center of the lantern, there are two diamond shapes with their points touching.
Open the left and right triangles all the way by grabbing their inner points and pulling to the left and right. You will first feel some resistance when pulling the points to the sides. Keep pulling until you can feel that the paper is opening up and the top and bottom edges will seem to rise up a bit.
You need to keep holding and gently pulling the points until they lay completely flat, but they should still be folded as large triangles.
Result: After this move, you will have a large, six-sided shape with a smooth surface.
You should still have the smallish rectangles of the lantern folded at the top and bottom center of the model. If your rectangles have turned back into triangles, simply press them flat again. These rectangles will become the left and right sides of your camera.
If you check the underside of your model, you should feel 4 loose points that come together at the center of the paper. If there are any folds, undo them so the 4 points all touch at the center of the back side of the paper.
Step 4
Turn the model over from left to right.
Step 5
Next, focus on the left and right points of your six-sided shape. You will notice the points are not flat, but on each side, there is a valley fold that is dividing the flaps in half.
Take a point in each hand and bring the layers of paper together, closing the top and bottom parts of the flap, using the valley fold that is already there.
Step 6
Once you are holding the flaps pinched between your fingers, gently bring your hands together so they meet each other in the air above the model.
Result: You will be holding two flaps resembling rabbit ears, with their points towards the ceiling, one in each hand.
You will start to feel some tension in the paper now, causing the underside of the model to become 3D, forming a round structure at the underside of the paper.
 Step 7
Gently bring the 2 ears together so they pass the center line of the model until their points just cross each other.
Step 8
Take the points and fold them over in opposite directions or crosswise so they will lock the sides of your model together.
Crease the small points well so they won't come undone easily.
Your camera is ready for use.
Step 9
To use your camera:
*1 First, turn your camera so the rounded, smooth side is facing you and hold it in landscape orientation.
The small rectangles should be on the left and right.
*2 Make a small hole at the center if preferred.
*3 Hold it up in front of your eyes.
*4 To take a picture, gently hold it on the left and right sides.
*5 With your thumbs positioned on the side nearest you, gently press them away from you.
*6 You will hear the characteristic "click" of your camera as the locking mechanism snaps.
*7 Simply refold the long points at the back to take another picture.
*8 Tip: If you find that your camera won't "click", you have likely folded the lock too tightly.
To remedy the situation, unfold and refold the locking points so they are shorter and smaller.
Making origami accessible to visually impaired crafters through text instructions.
For non-commercial use only.
Compiled: November 2023
This text copyright 2024 by accessorigami.com