262: A Dead Man’s Chest

Ahoy me Hearties, so today be International Talk Like A Pirate Day, so I looked for somethin’ suitably Piratical t’ fold in celebration.

I decided on a Treasure Chest by Robyn Glynn, a lovely folded and pleated folly that looks like it be made o’ planks o’ wood, has a curved top and a rather nice clasp latch.

Avast! T’ scale o’ this model was problematic, particularly t’ internal lockin’ o’ t’ corners o’ t’ box, but t’ fantastic crease pattern you do prior t’ collapsin’ makes it all fall into place.

I be quite happy with this as a first fold, and hope more than just me celebrate this important day by talkin’ like a Pirate.

Although I be not a great jack tar, I could quite fancy a wooden leg, eye patch and parrot and imagine t’ tricorner hat and overcoat would go down a treat.

237: Fuse’s Triangle Box

Tomoko Fuse is renowned for her intricate boxes – this one is a version of her triangle box:

A modular, top and bottom each made up of 3 modules that interlock and lace together to create a curious container

I must explore these modular boxes some more, when I have more time, quite happy with this as my first fold however.

199: Lego Block

Now I like a good challenge, but this was a little beyond the pale:

I have seen photos of this model less than half as big and I am buggered if I can work out how you could fold it that small as I struggled at this scale.

A fascinating exercise in box pleating that makes the peggy things and the pitty things on the same surface of a page, then bending it into a self-locking box – wow!

I can see how this could scale infinitely, adding rows of pegs and pits but I am glad I chose only 2 of each as this alone took me an age to nut out – I had a practice with each component first (the site I found it suggested this was a good idea (well, at least I think it did, I cannot read Italian very well.

Why lego? Well, I have been playing with lego robots for a week or so in prep for a robotic unit with year 10 students – lots of fun.

You should have a go at this yourself here

187: Spiral Box

Looking at the plethora of boxes I still have to fold, it is difficult to select just one. I chose this spiral box because the spiral on the lid is echoed in the construction of the bottom:

A rectangular box (as opposed to square) that cleverly tucks away flaps inside itself to make a sturdy and tidy construction

Quite happy with this one, fairly simple to fold and lots of fold landmarks once you get past the fifths.

166: A Vase

I like this container/vase a lot:

It self-locks, is water tight and could be used … to … put things in I guess.

the best bit is that you control the size of the base, and therefore the height of the thing – nice and useful for … things šŸ˜›

148: Fujimoto’s Hexagonal Box

Looking at the options for the box for this month, I stumbled across a design For Fujomono’sĀ hexagonal box and decided to give that a twirl, literally:

A realtively simple fold that is stunningly beautiful – the hex swirl inside and out has a skirt that locks itself into the base – design genius that makes this my favourite box so far.

I think this design is a keeper. The lid is a slight variation of the base, slips over tightly and the finished package is a beautiful sculptural object – it would look lovely in pretty paper and because everything locks in place would be a good gift box also (must keep that in mind)

133: Brill’s Bottle

I would rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy:

A fully formed container, neck, base, hollow and interesting

I like this design, and was sure it would not work – forming the neck and pleating the base to seal it make it a very clever model indeed.

Folded from the aptly titled “Brilliant Origami” by David Brill. Looks like a spirit bottle – it suggests you fold it out of clear material and put a ship inside it – that would be cool also.

Hope you like it – not bad for such a tired brain.

112: Bunny Box

Now all responsible adults are prepping the the imminent visit of the Easter Bunny. This little box is perfect for collecting the spoils of an easter egg hunt (so should be made in advance to avoidĀ disappointment):

Clever use of paper, pockets, easy to fold and actually very bunny-like. A square cut from an A4 page makes a box big enough for the largest haul of mini eggs – an A3 square would make slipper-sized boxes (an idea for “fluffy bunny slippers”?).

Designed by Jacky Chan (do not think it is the kung fu chappie tho it would be cool if it was) as my “white rabbits” for this month (given the “rock” displaced it in it’s rightful place.

You should totally fold some of these for kids you know – easy and quick: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9zwCP7dg5o

91: A Rock

Participatory Origami reaches YOU. Go get an A4 sheet of paper NOW, here is a cracking model for you to try: Continue reading

61: Jack In the Box

Wow, no I mean WOW!

This little beauty is a masterpiece of box pleating, designed by Max Hulme.Ā Ā I was sure it had no chance of working correct as the whole working in 6ths, 12ths and quarters was a real pain on such a small scale. Made fromĀ theĀ largest 2×1 rectangle that can be cut from an A4 page, I think next time I make it I will do it bigger and it is really fiddly with such big fingers.

This pattern was given to me by a Year 12 student years back on a Kairos rereat, and one look at it relegated it to the “yeah, maybe later” pile to try – I decided to give it a whirl first-fold today and am totally chuffed it worked.

I am amazed with the intricacy and detail – his face has ears, body is wearing a coat with sleeves, he is sitting on the most torturous but beautiful spring and most magically of all, actually folds up into a tiny neat box so the lid closes – wow!

59: Incense Burner

Deceptively simple, this exercise in pre-folding followed by a magical collapse results in an interesting box/table/container…thing:

I like the design, geometry, clever self-locking but am not sure a paper container is the best thing to light up incense in.A nice simple model to finish the month with – thanks @ackygirl for the loan of the book this comes from.

45: A Valentine

…now I am not one to buy into the whole commercialism of Valentines Day, afterall it is a Hallmark moment mostly, but it did give me inspiration for todays model – a heart-shaped box:

So I made one on Friday (inbetween sleeps as I was sick) as a first-time fold and was so pleased with it I made a nice one (using some patterned parchment), made a hearty shapey thing out of gold foil, personalized it, then whilst shopping Saturday discovered that Darryl Lee have a dark chocolate heart that just fits the box made from an A4 page – all sweet. Hid until this morning it made a nice surprise.

I am sure you have done something for the one you love, I also am sure it is not as nice as mine šŸ˜›

Alternatively, you could have a go at this:

Nice use of a SINGLE sheet of A4 split lengthways down the middle to make the base and lid.

30: Ring Box

Boxes and containers are a branch of Origami that I find fascinating – how you can bend a flat sheet into a container has always interested me. This jewellery box, by David Brill, is a masterpiece of pre-folding

Inside, it is finished, lined, refined and tidy, has a “lip” that, if the model is made with coloured paper turns out to be the inside colour – the lid closes down on that lip smoothly, a beautiful hinge and just … works.

A hideous fold actually, based on FIFTHS, everything is folded using them, so the size of the box is 1/5 the length of the starting square, the trick is to tidily tuck away all that paper and lock it into place so it does not sproing apart. I started with a square cut from an A4 page, and the resultant ring box emerged the size a REAL one would be – nice happinstance.

Feel like i achieved something here as I had never done this fold before and there were moments when I was sure I had my first failure, because it just goes to hell and then re-emerges in an organised way.

Have a go yourself: http://www.happyfolding.com/instructions-brill-box_and_lid