Video Tutorial – “Olympic Torch” -designed by Leyla Torres

In the video presented here, you will learn how to fold an Olympic Torch (two versions), created by Leyla Torres, and presented exclusively in Origamigos. In addition, you will learn how to make the Olympic rings symbol, which is an idea based on a modular ring created by Laural Kruskal.

Tips and suggestions for making the Olympic Torch

  • To make the torch you need two pieces of paper, one for the handle and one for the flame.
  • Cut two squares out of a letter-size piece of paper. Each of a different color. You can use Tant paper also. It is ideal if the paper is the same color on both sides. In the video, it is demonstrated with printing paper.
  • Use a piece of paper that’s at least 6 x 6 inches (15 x 15 cm.) when you make this model for the first time.
  • Have a table knife or a spoon handy. You’ll use it to curl the paper.
  • For the handle, you need to begin by folding a preliminary base.
  • For the flame, you need to begin by folding a frog base.

Origami terms to note:

  • Modular Origami Also known as Unit Origami is a paper folding technique that uses two or more sheets of paper to create a piece. 
  • Reverse a fold: to turn a fold from valley into a mountain or the other way around, mountain into a valley.
  • Squash fold: It is when we open or separate two layers of paper, then press and flatten the paper to make the fold. 
  • Soft-roll fold: to fold the paper very softly as if rolling, but without making a crease.
  • Lock: When locking occurs, an area of the paper is fixed at a particular configuration so that it stays in place and cannot be easily unfolded.

If you are at the Apprentice Bee Stage (Stage 1) Make sure that you have had practice folding the traditional preliminary and the frog bases (below videos). As a way to practice before you make the torch, you can fold the following origami model, which is related to the torch handle:

If you are at the Emergent Frog Stage (Stage 2) Keep in mind the previous recommendations for Stage 1. You can use a large piece of copy or printer paper (8 x 8 inches) paper for your first attempts. Making inside-reverse folds might be a little challenging if you are a novice. Be patient if your first attempts are not successful. Get some preliminary practice by folding the following model, which is related to the torch flame:

If you are at the Competent Goldfish Stage (Stage 3) Keep in mind the suggestions given for the previous stages. Take the challenge of folding both versions of the torch. Version B requires you to play with the paper and make up some folds. Which version do you like better?

  • For more practice with a preliminary base and curling the paper try folding this Quick Origami Rose.

If you are at the Ambassador Cat Stage (Stage 4) Keep in mind the suggestions given for previous stages when you are teaching this torch. Set a goal of memorizing the steps to make it. Make sure you fold both versions of the torch and do let me know which one you prefer.

If you are at Pioneer Owl Stage (Stage 5) Set yourself the challenge of making the torch without watching the video. Look at the photo closely and puzzle out how to turn the preliminary base into the handle (Hint: Read this post and this post). Also, the photos provide hints on how you can turn a frog base into the flame section.

Making the Olympic Torch

To make this Olympic Torch you need to begin by folding a preliminary base for the handle and a frog base for the flame (in a contrasting color). If you need help folding the preliminary and the bird bases, please watch the following videos (These are part of the Origami Basics Mini-Course)

  • Preliminary Base (make one for the handle – See min. 02:27)
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  • Frog Base (Make one for the flames – See min 03:55)
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Olympic Torch” by Leyla Torres

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How to make the Olympic Rings

The Olympic Rings are based on a modular ring created by Laural Kruskal. Below you can find the video tutorial.

Tips to make the rings:

  • You need five squares or kami paper: Blue, yellow, black, green and red.
  • Cut each square in half to get two rectangles (2:1)
  • Make a ring with each pair of modules as explained in the video below, leaving one end open.
  • Connect the rings in the order shown in the photograph.
  • Once they are connected, you can arrange them so that the blue, black and red rings are above and the yellow and green, below.
  • Leave them under a heavy book overnight so that the are very flat.

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