Cerberus Origami





Introduction: Cerberus Origami

About: Hi! I'm Wilson, I'm from Indonesia but I'm studying in Australia for now.

Cerberus is a three headed dog in Greek Mythology. It's the guardian of the Hell Gate of Hades'es. In the Divine Comedy, ( an ancient poem by Dante Alighieri) it is said that Cerberus is on the third floor on Hell... then who guards on the first floor??? Well, that's a mystery.. (Maybe because it has three heads!) Ok, let's leave that nonsense behind and get to the art!

Step 1: : Materials

The only thing you need is a sheet of paper! No need glue or scissor! Use brown colored papers, light brown or dark is fine. You can try black colors (But I rarely see a black cerberus).

Step 2: : Bird Base

If you already know how to make it, you can skip this step if you want to. First fold the paper into half, then fold into half again. Squash-fold on of the layer and do the same on the other side. And there! You go t the Preliminary Base! Then do a petal fold- pull the tip of the layer up! Do the same on the other side

Step 3: : the Main Base

Fold down the Bird Base. There will be a line mark. Fold down the tip of the base up to that line. Unfold. Then sink-fold. Fold up again. Fold down up to the sink line. Fold it to the right (sorry there's no picture of it) so the upper layer will be force to fold down. Unfold. Repeat on the other side. Repeat these steps on the other three sides. (You must have a lot of patients..)

Step 4: : Legs

Now you're done with the Main Base (actually this base is similar to Fernando Gilgado's Alien! But there are still a lots of difference anyway...). Look at the legs (which means the shorter), there will be three layers. It's up to you to fold on which layer, it doesn't matter! Fold it down. Then fold half of it to the left do the same on the back. Then tuck the tip of the leg to make the paw. When you doing the rear legs, fold down the opposite layer of the front legs. Example : You fold down the first layer for the front leg, so you must fold down the second layer for the rear legs. (If you don't understand, it doesn't matter, I'll make an illustration of it later.)

Step 5: : Trio Heads

Read carefully this step cause this is the hardest part. Crimp fold the heads. Sink the 'hump' on it's back. Gently open the heads, so it's spread. Bend the tip of the head ( around 1/3 or 3/5 of it). Grip the neck with your fingers (Look at the picture). Tuck the head down in a form of triangle. Fold the heads up, Then rabbit-ear fold it down. Reverse inside fold half of the head. (You don't want your Cerberus'es head looks like a fox, right?)

Step 6: : Optional Head

I was thinking that my Cerberus head maybe is too hard. So, I try Michael G. LaFosse's version. And it fits! So this is how you do it : Make the same model head, until the steps you must grip the neck and make the head flat. Grip the head with you fingers so the head will be tin when look from above (see the pictures). Then fold up the ears. Sink fold the tiny triangle behind the head (this little triangle also may appear in my head version. Just sink-fold it). Reverse inside fold the head (just do the same as my version). And done! You've finish the heads! (If you have any ideas to make the third head, i would be so glad)

Step 7: : Finishing Step : the Tail

Reverse inside fold about half of the tail. Fold down both the tip of the tail, so it looks sharp. Then 'thin' the tail by reverse inside half of the tail ( horizontally). And you're done with the Cerberus! Balance the feet so it can stand up firmly. (Sorry, for the blur pictures.).



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    You know that part where you have unfolded the top and folded it back in? the part after that i don't get, how do you fold that bit to the side? I've gone through 12 pieces of paper and STILL haven't got it! do you think you could take a photo and explain it a bit more please? I really, REALLY want to make this but i just CAN'T!

    sorry but step 3 picture 6 is hard

    Is there another way or perhaps a bit more clear way to explain "Fold it to the right (sorry there's no picture of it) so the upper layer will be force to fold down." For I have been having trouble with that part for awhile. 

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     It's like you make a reverse kite fold. Don't worry, I'll make a video of this origami after my exam's finished. Please be patient.

    Yay! Thank you very much!!

    Here's the video, please give me more detail of your problems if this video can't help you.

    Very helpful, thanks

    Thank you very much for the vid! I'm going to try and make it again soon :D thanks once again!

    This is a nice video and all but, i could'nt see the folds well and i pretty much messed up because your hand was blocking the way.Try not to block anything.

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    ya this a big problem for an otherwize nice instructable

    do u have the link to the diagrams? or did u make it yourself? if u have a link can u plz send it to me?

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    I make it myself though, and I'm trying to make diagrams of all my origamis with drawing programs in my comp but I don't understand how to do it. So I'll try hand drawings..

    This is a very good guide to making this piece, but there is a very not specific part that is VERY confusing. It would be most helpful if "Fold it to the right (sorry there's no picture of it) so the upper layer will be force to fold down" was more specific. I would be MUCH less confused if what "it" or "the upper layer" was in this sentence. Thanks!

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    He means to sink fold the tip.

    agreed. being specific is a good thing.

    i think fenrir guards the first floor and then i think its orthrus on the second floor. im not really sure

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    Maybe you're right about orthrus, because he have two-heads- maybe he's Cerberus brother. But Fenrir, that is Norwegian Mythology..

    WRONG! Norse mythology. hehehee Norwegian is, however, one of the places where Norse beliefs were prevalent.