493: FuseBall

Posted by wonko on February 7, 2015 in blarg, geometry |

They say “many hands make light work” and they (whoever “they” are) are quite correct:493FuseBallManyHands

My pastoral care group (the Mighty Magee F) and I folded Tomoko Fuse’s Icosahedron Kasudama, as part of a “getting to know you” exercise to start off the year, with the theme “the sum of the parts is greater than the individual”. Read more…

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492: Money Spider

Posted by wonko on February 2, 2015 in creepy crawly |

People keep giving me foreign and local paper currency. A work colleague gave me a pair of battered US1 dollar notes and asked if I could do anything with them. I had heard (old wives tale perhaps) that it was unlucky to kill a money spider. These little critters apparently bring financial good luck.492MoneySpiderScale

I figured MAKING a money spider should be lucky, so set about to find one. Won Park, in his book “Extreme Origami” has a rather lovely spider fold that requires 2xUSD$1 notes, so I thought I would give it a try.492MoneySpiderViews

Each note makes 2 pairs of legs, you lock them together to make the full 8 legs in a series of ingenious twists and tucks.492MoneySpiderDev

At this scale, the spider is quite real, and a little bit creepy, ingenious nonetheless.492MoneySpider

Tweezers and fingernails, terrifyingly accurate careful folding is necessary to tease out the details – it has lovely spidery legs (8 of them), a snarly pair of fangs, plump body and abdomen and even a pair of spinarettes on the tail – amazing. I feel quite privileged to fold it

Hope you like it Glenn.


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491: Black Sheep

Posted by wonko on January 5, 2015 in animal, geometry, mammal, nature |

On February 15, Chinese New Year kicks off – 2015 is the year of the Goat, but a sheepie is close, right? I thought I would take a preemptive strike given that I am sure to be really busy at work by then.491BlackSheep

The latest Tanteidan magazine features diagrams for Beth Johnson‘s Sheep – a lovely 2 part model and I was itching to give it a go.491BlackSheepViews

Made in 2 parts – a body (I chose a lovely black textured Tant paper 35cm square) and a thick white (I chose Canson water colour paper – I was given a chunk of it a while back) nearly 2×1 rectangle that is based on most of a rectangle half the size of the sheep starting square.

The sheep body is lovely, shapely and has the most adorable twisty flopsy ears. It is a little front-heavy, struggling to stand on 4 feet without toppling.491BlackSheepDev

The fleece slips on to the body and is a section of waterbomb tessellation (notice the twisty squares surrounded by water bomb base-shaped divots) that curves naturally and wants to be draped over something. I used my fine embossing tool to score the lines, carefully popping mountain and valley folds to let the tessellation collapse – the paper is waaaaaay too thick to fold unassisted. I hope it will keep its shape with all the humidity in the air.491BlackSheepTessellation

Together, the black sheep in its white woolly jumper is quite one of my favourite bits of folded paper at the moment. We saw sheepies like this – black faces and feet while travelling in the Lakes District in the UK and it brings back fond memories of this time.491BlackSheepViews2

Quite chuffed with this model – straight to the pool room for it I think.

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490: Shake, Rover, Shake

Posted by wonko on January 4, 2015 in scifi, vehicle |

I have been a fan of Star Trek since it was possible to be so, love the franchise, movies, series, the lot. I saw a diagram that resulted in an ATAT (All-Terrain Armoured Transport) – one of many fairly silly designs from The Babylon 5 universe, and with some shaming from a friend (thanks Dodes) I decided to give it a whirl.490ATAT

If you were making a vehicle for battle, the last thing on the design bench (apart from a 2 legged chicken-like bipedal mobile gun turret) would be a quadruped.

Any Browncoat worth his part of the ‘verse would be able to ride their Viper Mark II with cables attached, tangle the legs and bring the thing down, like a heavy, falley-downey thing.490ATATScale

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489: Happy New Year!

Posted by wonko on December 31, 2014 in geometry, seasonal |

As 2014 rolls to a close, we welcome the new year:


These are digits designed by Andrey Lukyanov, as demonstrated via videos by the talented Sara Adams – check them out.

Happy New Year!

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488: Burr Puzzle

Posted by wonko on December 31, 2014 in geometry |

In the hiatus between receiving parts of the Ryujin to fold, I am always on the look out for something interesting to fold.488BurrPuzzle

I first saw Froy’s Burr Puzzle on the Hong Kong Origami Society’s forum and decided to give it a try. Read more…

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… 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. Read more…

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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. Read more…

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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

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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

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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. Read more…

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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. Read more…

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