Feb 26, 2012

Origami Flowers: Orchid

I designed this Orchid for the contest "THE ONCIDIUMS' JOUSTING IN HONOR TO TOMOKO FUSE", organized by Eric Madrigal. To find more information about the contest you can visit Eric's blog.

Oncidium is a genus that contains about 330 species of orchids. My design is inspired in one of the Oncidium intergenerics, called Aliceara Mervyn Grant 'Talisman Cove' (click here for a picture ).

Origami Flowers: Orchid

Each orchid was folded with one hexagon of purple/white double tissue paper, and a triangle of purple double tissue paper, joined without glue.

Origami Flowers: Orchid

Feb 19, 2012

Spherical Origami, by Jun Mitani

Here are two beautiful and elegant spherical models from the book Spherical Origami, by Jun Mitani: Spherical Wrapping and Pleated Box
Spherical Origami, Jun Mitani

Spherical Origami, Jun Mitani

The book Spherical Origami, by Jun Mitani, ISBN 978457609161 (in Japanese), contains the instructions to fold 21 spherical models.
The first part of the book provides picture instructions that show how to collapse each model. At the end of the book there is a crease pattern for each model, printed in a heavy weight paper, similar to card stock, that can be detached from the book, cut and then folded.
I didn't want to use the original paper that comes with the book, so I transferred the patterns to another pieces of paper.
The Spherical Wrapping was folded with an octagon, and the Pleated Box was folded with a dodecagon, each of them cut from a letter size sheet of parchment paper.

Feb 11, 2012

Origami Quilt: "Hearty" Butterfly

Inspired on Valentine's Day, I created a "Hearty" Butterfly quilt.
Origami Quilt:

The quilt is composed of Heart Modules (video instructions here), and Flower Modules. The Flower Module is a variation of the Heart Module. I haven't made instructions of the Flower Module yet, but they are easy to figure out, just fold the four quarters of the paper in the same way as the bottom quarters of the Heart Module. They connect with each other in a similar way.

I folded the quilt with 4 ½"(112 mm) and 2 ¼"(56 mm) squares, that I cut to size from 9" (225 mm) Pacon Paper Squares.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Feb 5, 2012

Origami Cranes Modular

The origami crane is a beautiful traditional model, and it's believed to be one of the oldest ones. Traditionally, origami cranes have been a symbol of longevity, and most recently, they have been folded as a symbol of peace.

There have been created many variations of the traditional crane. Cranes have also been used to create modulars, where they are usually connected by inserting a petal fold of the connecting module into the petal fold of the wing.
Origami Cranes Modular

The model in the picture is an elegant crane modular by Kittaka Mihoko. The instructions are available in the book, Crane Origami, by Tomoko Fuse, ISBN 9784416302057 (in Japanese).
It consists of 6 cranes connected with 4 corner modules.  There's an independent tetrahedron locked inside the crane's frame.

The tetrahedron is folded with two 6" (150 mm) squares of scrapbook paper. The cranes and the corner modules must be folded with squares whose sides are 4/5 of the sides of the squares used for the tetrahedron.  I folded them with regular origami paper that I cut to size from 6" (150 mm) squares.