Gaucho, by Gabriel Alvarez



This is an Origami Gaucho, taken from the book El Libro de las Mascaras de Papel Plegado by Gabriel Alvarez.  I will be posting a review of this book in a couple of weeks, but for now, I’ll just say that it is a book containing a variety of model masks, and this is one of my favourites in the book. I assume it’s designed by Gabriel Alvarez. Although the book is in Spanish and I don’t speak a word of that language, the folding sequences rely on diagrams only with no text so I didn’t find there was a language barrier.

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This model shouldn’t be difficult to fold, but the diagrams are a little disappointing as there are a couple of places where some reference points could have been included which would have been very useful later in the folding sequence.  As a result, I wouldn’t recommend this origami face model for the beginner as the instructions are frustrating, if not hard.

This model does benefit from paper that is coloured on both sides, and a medium thickness.  I have used a lokta, backed with some brown paper I had lying around! I’m not sure what type it is. I folded this out of a square about 12cm.  I would recommend using something slightly larger than this as it gets fiddly near the end.

Overall, I’m reasonably pleased with the result.

Difficulty: Intermediate – (just for judgment required, not complexity)
Paper needed: Two-coloured square, at least 15cm (6 in) per side
Time to fold: About half an hour

You can find the book with the diagrams on Amazon here.

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Russell has been folding origami since he was 8 years old and has recently written the book, Origami Made Simple. He is on the Council for the British Origami Society and a member of OrigamiUSA. When he is not folding, he enjoys photography and traveling.

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