… there be Dragons!

Posted by wonko on December 21, 2014 in animal, dinosaur, fantasy

For much of the past year (2014) I have been learning how to fold Satoshi Kamiya’s Ryujin 3.5, as taught to me via a series of lessons cunningly devised by Daniel Brown (Mr Origami).

This is Part 3 of a series that also includes Part 1, Part 2

Lesson 18 was folding the head in isolation – I must admit that even when searching for photos on how the head of this beast should end up, none really make it clear. What is clear however is that there is a terrifying amount of detail.headviews1

Following photodiagrams (in 3 phases 18a, 18b, 18c), I ended up with a beautiful thing that is my take on how a eastern dragon head should look.headviews2

Lovely scaled neck joins (via an astonishingly complex twist and tuck) a complex head with a pair of pronged antlers, 5 pairs of horns of cheeks, a mouth with lovely tongue and 4 sets of teeth, lovely whiskers on the muzzle and lots of little tufts, spikes and textured areas.headviews3

This is my first attempt of this step – the paper is REALLY thick so I am amazed it was achieved with no paper fatigue. I wish my photos can capture this model – there is so much happening so it is visually cluttered but wow, just wow.

Looking to do something with this – might try mounting it like a trophy (like a deer or elephant head) … we shall see.


The next lessons (I think) are whole TOP half, then the WHOLE model.

WIP … the folding continues, carefully.

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487: Making Peace

Posted by wonko on December 16, 2014 in blarg, geometry, wtf

There is always time to make a little peace in our world.487MakingPeaceIt takes incidents like those that unraveled yesterday to realise that peace is a choice we make as participants of the world on which we live.

Perhaps the most important choice there is.487MakingPeaceScale

Taken from a video by Jeremy Shafer (go here, try it yourself, it is easy to make a little peace), the design is from a book I have called “Origami to Astonish and Amuse” by him.487MakingPeaceDev

Hug people you know, meet and greet people you do not yet know.


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486: Little Turtle Kusudama

Posted by wonko on December 14, 2014 in geometry, paper

A dear friend (*waves to Caff) holidayed in Europe, visited Florence and found some amazing block-printed handmade paper, popped it in a post pack tube and mailed it to me.486LittleTurtleKusudamaView

To be honest, I have struggled to use this paper because it seemed a such a terrible shame to cut it. Lovely irregularities, vibrant colours and relatively heavy cardstock suggested that a kusudama might be the solution.

Thumbing through Tomoko Fuse’s book “Multidimensional Transformations, Unit Origami”, I came across a unit called “little turtle” that I had not tried. I think they got the name because, as part of the folding process of the unit you make a shape similar to the “turtle base” I have used for other models.486LittleTurtleKusudamaScale

Units go together in 3s to make a point, and then clusters of 5 points to make a lovely stellated icosahedron, requiring 30 units.486LittleTurtleKusudama

Using ruler and straight edge, I divided the sheet into 10cm squares, leaving me nearly no waste (which pleases me). I would have split on the yellow “squarish” boundaries if they lined up but because the paper is hand-printed the more or less completely failed to layout regular squares.

I then set about folding units – the paper takes folds fairly well although reverse corners tear if you are not careful as the paper is fairly coarse in texture. The paper is also very thick and so creates paper tension that assists in keeping the kusudama together. To avoid bruised finger tips, I set the creases with a bone folder. I also used a touch of PVA in each joint (shhh) just so it could survive being dropped.486LittleTurtleKusudamaDev

This is a gift, a sort of house-warming for Caff – I hope she likes it.

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485: Segway

Posted by wonko on December 7, 2014 in domestic, fantasy, vehicle

…so I am a teacher, and I teach senior students:485SegwayTheChaps

I have, on occasions, joked about how cool it would be to own a Segway – my classes are physically far apart and getting between campuses takes time, hence the idea that a PTD (personal transport device) would be cool. I _never_ in my wildest dreams imagined my students would do anything about this pipe dream – let’s face it, we all say things in jest.485SegwayAmbush

It was an ambush, total surprise – I think I was the only one who knew nothing. It still gives me goosebumps thinking about it. I was teaching my year 11 class when the whole year 12 class arrived headed by Tom on a Segway. They had crowd-funded a second hand one as a end of year gift – wow, just wow!.485Segway

… continue reading.

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484: We are Groot!

Posted by wonko on October 25, 2014 in animal, fantasy, plant

Not sure if you have seen it but I enjoyed “Guardians of the Galaxy” – nice escapist buddy movie whose adventure that does not withstand much scrutiny from a plot perspective. Love the characters, particular Rocket Racoon and Groot.484WeAreGrootView

When I first saw Groot on screen, I knew he was perfect origami material, resolving to design something similar to my tree model for him, but Luciffer Chong beat me to the punch with his simple yet effective Crease Pattern.484WeAreGrootView2

I see influences all over for this model – lovely joisel-like hands, Acuna-like arm formations, I am sure I will fold him again – might be fun on some rough textured hand-made paper also. … continue reading.

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Tim’s Surprise

Posted by wonko on October 21, 2014 in boxes, geometry

A mate, Tim, knew of my paper bending tendencies. He is also a Bank Manager and so he came across a rareish paper Australian $20 note:TheGift

Once upon a time, boys and girls, Australian currency was made of paper, not shiny brittle plastic as it is now.

Much to my surprise, a letter arrived addressed to me, containing a lovely crisp $20 note – limited edition and precious, along with the instructions to make something out of it.scale2

I have agonised about this – creasing a rare thing is fraught with guilt and I am sure currency collectors would be horrified, but it came with challenges – most “dollargami” is geared towards American “greenbacks” which are not 2×1 – the $20 note is oddly a 2×1 rectangle, meaning conventional dollargami landmarks are in the wrong place. … continue reading.

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483: Dollar SLR Camera

Posted by wonko on September 19, 2014 in domestic, machine

A work colleague is going on Long Service Leave – lucky bastard!  It appears he had no end of trouble buying a camera for travelling, so I thought I would make him one as an hooroo gift:483DollarCamera

Designed by Won Park, this little SLR Camera is tiny, but has a viewfinder, winder lever, shutter button, pop-up flash and lovely lens all sticking out of a lovely boxy body.483DollarCameraScale

Genius design, if tiny and torturous, I hope he likes it. … continue reading.

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482: Four Interlocking Triangular Prisms

Posted by wonko on September 18, 2014 in geometry

Procrastination, thy name is Wonko!

I had some time, and some coloured paper, so decided to try Daniel Kwan’s lovely geometrical modular:482FourIntersectingTriangularPrisms

Simple units, reminiscent of Frances Ow’s 60 degree unit interlock to form one, then two etc triangular prisms – choice of nice bold colours make this a real charmer. … continue reading.

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Sign of Peace

Posted by wonko on September 18, 2014 in bird

The international sign of Peace is a Dove holding an olive branch in its beakDove

The world could use a little peace.


As part of our student end of term send-off, our littlest students (year 5) had prepared origami(ish) doves with messages of peace, to be sent to places where the wishes will be appreciated. … continue reading.



481: Two Dollar Dragon

Posted by wonko on September 18, 2014 in dinosaur, fantasy

…so I am folding this crazy big dragon at the moment – insane 2mx2m square to make something ridiculously time-consuming.  A work colleague of my wife gave me a pair of raggedy USD$1 greenbacks and asked if I could do anything with them:481TwoDollarDragon

I ironed the notes to crisp them up and flatten the worse of the existing crumples (they are old notes, one nearly falling apart) and began bending a Won Park creation I had been itching to try.481TwoDollarDragononRyuJunScales

The fold is very dense, helped and hindered (in equal measure) by the robust note paper, and the level of detail here is nuts – the head has 3 sets of horns, eyes, 2 fangs, bottom jaw. Each foot has a set of claws, the body has dorsal spikes and the tail has an ornate tuft. … continue reading.

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Ryu Jin 3.5 (continued)

Posted by wonko on August 16, 2014 in animal, fantasy, paper, wtf

After much care and attention, diligently following expert lessons (courtesy of
MrOrigami’s Daniel Brown), I have managed to successfully navigate lessons 1-11 in what promises to be an ever intensifying journey towards understanding the whole model. This is PART 2 of a previous post.

Along the way I have learned a LOT about myself – patience is it’s own reward. If at first you do not succeed, try, try and try again (something I needed to do for lesson 11 – which I folded 4 times until I go tit right, each attempt taking me 12ish hours)


I can see why Satoshi Kamiya (the astonishingly talented designer) has not folded lots of these – the detail (and there is LOTS of details here, most you cannot see) needed to let the paper sit correctly whilst transitioning between elements is breaking my brain.

So far, I have learned elements of the design in isolation:PatternLessons1-11

The lessons after this appear to tackle larger and more complex chunks – the aim to get all pieces to co-exist on the same sheet.

Interestingly, although it is time consuming, I am finding the process fascinating, each piece gains a sort of momentum that propels me on to finish it and get it right, and I look forward to the next part with a sort of morbid curiosity.

I bought some WIDE Kraft online (90cmx30m) and, depending how it behaves, intend to laminate 2 strips together to make a square nearly 2m x 2m as my first attempt of the whole model – no idea if that will be big enough, we shall see.

The Lessons continue. … continue reading.

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480: Dollar Formula 1 Racer

Posted by wonko on August 1, 2014 in vehicle

On receiving a lovely hard cover copy of “Extreme Origami” by Won Park from Book Depository (wow, how do they offer those prices, delivery times and no postage???) I naturally skipped to the back and looked for the nastiest fold to try:

This model is insane – I chickened out folding it on notes because the pre-creasing into 32nds with my fat clumsy fingers was not possible I thought so I scaled up and used plain paper for my first fold. … continue reading.

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