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675: (125/365) Centipede

Posted by wonko on May 5, 2017 in 365-2017, creepy crawly |

Gagging for complex folds I thought I would torture a bit of paper with a super complex model from Robert Lang’s “Origami Insects II”: The paper survived and the resultant creepy crawley is interesting if not perfect. Missing steps and powering on, only have to backtrack, characterised this mammoth 6 hour fold. Some steps are […]

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Orchid Shadowbox

Posted by wonko on November 30, 2016 in blarg, flower |

I love models by Robert Lang, I find I fold them when I need order, therapy, calm. This is a collection of his Orchids, described in his book “Origami Design Secrets”. Something about the mathematical elegance of this flower lends itself to careful modelling and pretty staging. I had a bunch of opalescent 6″ squares […]

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533: Gjerde’s Pinwheel Tessellation

Posted by wonko on June 2, 2016 in blarg, geometry |

After leafing through Eric Gjerde’s “Origami Tessellations” I knew I had found the motherload of paper punishment: This is the “Pinwheel” tessellation and it has a hidden beauty. I am learning that a tessellation is a regular repeating pattern, magically interlocking “molecules” that go together like tiles on a mosaic floor. Usually based on a grid […]

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461: Lang’s Butterfly

Posted by wonko on November 30, 2013 in creepy crawly |

Originally I was approached by a blog reader who wanted to know how a particular part of this model worked. Given I had never folded it before I had to admit I did not know, but would love to find out: This is a torturous model by Robert Lang from his book “Insects and their Kin” […]

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447: Black Forest Cuckoo Clock

Posted by wonko on August 3, 2013 in furniture, geometry, machine |

In need of some therapy, and with my procrastinator set on FULL, I embarked on a punishing box-pleating exercise: I remember as a kid in New Zealand we had a cheezy Cuckoo Clock (Mum loved it) that used to have metal pinecones as counterweights and a faux timber case that used to “cuckoo” and scare […]

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416: Dark Rider

Posted by wonko on November 25, 2012 in fantasy, humanoid, mammal |

“Round the corner came a black horse, no hobbit-pony but a full-sized horse; and on it sat a large man, who seemed to crouch in the saddle, wrapped in a great black cloak and hood, so that only his boots in the high stirrups showed below; his face was shadowed and invisible. “When it reached […]

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401: Double-Star Flexi-Cube

Posted by wonko on October 20, 2012 in geometry |

It took me ages to even understand what this model was: An ingenious design by David Brill, modular in construction composed of 3 different types of modules, clustered in threes, hinged together, it is a most perplexing construction. A seemingly plain cube opens up to show a star, which fits wholly within the cube and is removable. […]

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