Jul 29, 2012

Origami Gymnasts

Since Friday, I've been mesmerized watching the Olympic Games on TV, so I couldn't help but fold something related to the Olympiads. After browsing a few books, looking for ideas, I found two appropriate models designed by Akira Yoshizawa.  So here is my simplified version of a scene at the Olympic Games: an athlete preparing for the Floor exercise in the Artistic Gymnastics competition being encouraged by his coach.
Origami Gymnasts
The Man, and the Man Standing on Hands, are two models designed by Akira Yoshizawa, that can be found in the book, Origami Full of Life, ISBN 4916096312.
I folded each model with a 7 ½" (188 mm) square of  Reynolds Wrap Non-stick Pan Lining Paper, a nice and strong parchment-foil paper.

Jul 22, 2012

Wildflower Tessellation

I always though it was possible to fold a tessellation based on my model Wildflower, but I hadn't attempted it untill today. This is the result:
Wildflower Tessellation
I started by folding a 32 x 32 square grid on a 14" (350 mm) square of tant paper (Pack Tant 35x35cm),  and then I folded a wildflower in the center of each quarter of the paper.
It took me a while to figure it out, but I like how the model ended up looking. I hope you like it too.

Jul 15, 2012

Origami Olympic Torch

There are just a few days left for the Olympic Games 2012 Opening Ceremony, where the last Torchbearer will light the cauldron in the Olympic Stadium, marking the official start of the Games.
Origami Olympic Torch
The Olympic Torch origami model was designed by Martin Wall. The instructions to fold it are available in the book, Origami 4 - The Art of Paper Folding, by Robert Harbin, ISBN 0340218223.
I folded it with a 5" x 15" (125 mm x 375 mm) rectangle of  Reynolds Wrap Non-stick Pan Lining Paper, a parchment-foil paper used for baking, which happens to be great for origami too!

Jul 8, 2012

Cinnamon Sugar Crisps with an Origami Twist

From time to time, our origami group celebrates special occasions by sharing some tasty snacks. I wanted to prepare something that was origami-related, so I made these Cinnamon Sugar Crisps with an Origami Twist.
Cinnamon Sugar Crisps with an Origami Twist
I used Nasoya Won Ton Wraps, that are very thin sheets of pastry that come already cut into squares. The recipe for the original Cinnamon Sugar Crisps can be found here. I folded the pastries into simple traditional origami models before baking (windmill, house, penguin, flapping bird, tulip, pajarita, flower), to give them an Origami Twist.
I brushed the pastries with melted butter, and sprinkled some cinnamon-sugar not only on the outside, but on the inside of the models too. I baked them on a greased non-stick pan.

Yummy!

Jul 1, 2012

Origami Cranes - Non-conventional Materials

I've been folding some origami cranes with non-conventional materials. It was challenging, and I definitely need more practice, but it was really fun!

Origami Cranes - Non-conventional Materials
The green and orange cranes are made of polymer clay, the purple crane is made of cold porcelain. I used a small pasta machine to roll thin sheets, that I then cut into squares using a template.  I dusted the sheets with cornstarch to prevent them from sticking to the machine, and also to prevent the layers from sticking to each other while folding.

Origami Cranes - Non-conventional Materials
This last crane is made of copper wire mesh. This material was the most difficult to work with. It definitely does not like reverse folds.

Besides paper, what other materials have you used to fold origami models?