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No, They Do Not All Workout As Planned.

Posted by wonko on December 13, 2016 in dinosaur, fantasy, reptile |

I _want_ to pretend that every bit of paper I touch turns into a magnificent model that everyone gasps at, but that is FAR from the truth. This is my FOURTH attempt at Shuki Kato’s “Western Dragon”. It joins a LARGE collection of landfill (discarded unsuccessful models) and was responsible for many BAD WORDS but I […]

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549: Fluffy the Cerberus

Posted by wonko on October 30, 2016 in animal, fantasy, mammal |

Fans of Harry Potter will recognised “Fluffy” the 3-headed dog, Hagrid’s pet (oops, just outed myself as a Potter nerd). This is Satoshi Kamiya’s “Cerberus”, a rendition of a mythical beast that is an amazing design that in the end is really really fiddly.

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546: Château Chinon Tessellation

Posted by wonko on August 21, 2016 in geometry, paper |

Another time sponge, based on a square grid initially that was torturous to fold and pre-crease. Based on Eric Gjerde’s tessellation molecule, it is an amazing use of paper that features largely an “all at once” collapse. Many tessellations sit flat while you do them, their interim stages are still flat – not this mongrel. […]

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About Face

Posted by wonko on September 14, 2015 in blarg, humanoid |

Faces are things we humans are born to recognise. We see them everywhere, we can recognise them with the barest of visual clues:  Apparently even magpies do facial recognition, remembering the dive-bombing victim and their seeming boundary transgressions for years. I am interested in the structure of faces, particularly how little paper manipulation is necessary […]

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595: Twirly Bird

Posted by wonko on March 24, 2015 in bird, paper |

I was asked if I could make a flock of birds designed to be attached to fishing line on the end of poles that seem to fly: I remember a “seagull” by Toyoaki Kawai, in an old book I had so based a fold around that basic form.

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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: 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 […]

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459: Electra

Posted by wonko on October 24, 2013 in geometry |

Browsing an amazing book by David Mitchell called “Paper Crystals”, I spotted an interesting modular ball based on pentagons tiled with triangles named Electra. Coupled with the original model was a suggestion that it was possible to make a 60 module version consisting of pentagons surrounded by squares separated by triangles.

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396: Cutting Out The Deadwood

Posted by wonko on June 13, 2012 in plant |

It is rare that an idea comes to me so fully formed as this, but I was doodling with a sheet of copy paper and started thinking about forming an organic shape, initially by crumpling (which is sort of cheating) and later via pleats: Nature is odd, working in 3’s and 5’s looks much more […]

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260: Six Intersecting Pentagonal Prisms

Posted by wonko on September 17, 2011 in geometry |

Now most who know me know that I am up for a challenge and when I saw this one I knew I had to give it a go: 90 pieces of paper (60 small and 30 long) individually folded and locked together, no glue make an astonishing lump of awesomeness: This has taken me AGES […]

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