Mar 30, 2014

Origami Decorations: Framed Flower

This is a beautiful decoration designed by Tomoko Fuse. It can be used as a hanging ornament, a party favor, or to embellish gifts and cards.
Origami Decorations: Framed Flower
The instructions to fold the framed flower can be found in the book, Motif Pastern of Origami, by Tomoko Fuse, ISBN 9784569707730.
I folded the flower with an octagon cut from a 6" (150 mm) square of white washi paper, and the frame with a 6" (150 mm) square of red hand made paper.

Mar 15, 2014

Origami Corrugations: Star Spring

The Star Spring is a very ingenious model created by Shuzo Fujimoto.
Collapsing the model and closing the spring can be a little tricky, but it is worth trying as the result is amazing.
Origami Corrugations: Star Spring
The instructions can be found in the book, Fujimoto World - Twist Fold, ISBN 9784416312001.
I folded it with a A4 size sheet of copy paper.

Mar 8, 2014

Origami Modular: Soccer Ball

Besides being an origami fan, are you looking forward to watching the FIFA World Cup? If so, you'll enjoy folding this soccer ball with the colors of your favorite team.
Origami Modular: Soccer Ball
The Soccer Ball (or Truncated Icosahedron) is an origami modular designed by Tomoko Fuse. The instructions can be found in her book, Unit Origami Wonderland, ISBN 9784817081650, page 76.
It involves a lot (really a lot!) of cutting and folding, but the results are great. I had to use a little glue (but only to connect the hexagons) to make it sturdier and easy to handle.

Below you can find a detail of the modules I used (measurements in inches are approximate, I actually used a metric ruler to get more precision). The diameter of the finished ball was 55 cm (21 5/8")

  • 20 Hexagon modules, folded from hexagons cut from 140 mm (5½") squares of white copy paper.
  • 12 Pentagon modules, folded from pentagons cut from 79 mm (3 1/8") squares of light blue copy paper.
  • 30 Hexagon to Hexagon connectors, folded with 61 mm x 70 mm (2 7/16" x 2 ¾") rectangles of white copy paper.
  • 60 Pentagon to Hexagon connectors, folded with 35 mm (1 3/8") squares of white copy paper.

Mar 2, 2014

Fashion Origami: High Heel Shoes

Our local origami group was asked to fold origami high heel shoes for a charity event, and I came up with this idea.
Fashion Origami: High Heel Shoes
The High Heel Shoes are my design.
Each shoe is folded with a letter size sheet of paper, that I cut into two rectangles. The sole is folded with a 5½" x 11" (140 mm x 280 mm) rectangle and the heel is folded with the remaining 3" x 11" (76 mm x 280 mm) rectangle. No glue is required.
I used Copper Stardream Metallic 80lb Paper and Wausau Paper Metallics Premium Paper, White Silver.
I decorated one of them with a Wildflower (also my design), folded with a 3" (75 mm) square of origami paper.
I did not make diagrams, but if you want to give them a try, here is a picture of the unfolded shoe (sort of a crease pattern), and a picture that shows a detail of the heel.
Fashion Origami: High Heel Shoes
Fashion Origami: High Heel Shoes