Origami Hippocampus by Roman Diaz

Written by RussellAdvanced, Fantasy, Models


Hippocampus by Roman Diaz

The Hippocampus is a creature from Greek mythology – a kind of ‘seahorse with legs’. This Origami Hippocampus model, designed by Roman Diaz is one of my favourites.  It’s spectacular, graceful, and the fins and tail give it a real sense of the sea.

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The instructions recommend this model is folded from paper that is coloured differently on each side, and I have seen several models online that have been folded this way.  I personally think it looks better folded from only one colour.  The colour change seems to take away from the real strength of this model, which is its shape and the waves around the neck and tail.

I have folded this one out of Elephant Hide paper (get it from origami shop here). It is possible to make it out of Kami, but it doesn’t do the model justice.  It could look very good made out of pearlescent paper, which would shimmer in the light and add to that ‘sense of the sea’. Wet-folding the model during final shaping would help form the fins, although I haven’t done on this occasion.

Origami Hippocampus Diagrams

If you want to learn how to fold this origami hippocampus model, the diagrams are in Diaz’s book Origami for Interpreters, which is available from Origami Shop on this link. I will be writing a review of this book in a forthcoming post.

Other Roman Diaz Origami Models

As I mentioned, Roman Diaz is one of my favorite origami designers.  In addition to the Hippocampus, I have also written about his Origami Cardinal, Vixen, Secretary BirdInflatable Pig, and Advanced Origami Crane.

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I’d love to hear your views on this Origami Hippocampus or any other of Roman Diaz’s models. Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments below, or you find can me on Instagram or Twitter. Check out my Pinterest boards too!

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About the Author


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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