Archive for October, 2009

Spread Hexagon Tessellation

Spread Hexagon Tessellation

Spread Hexagon Tessellation

Spread Hexagon Tessellation

My first attempt at an origami tessellation! This model was designed by Eric Gjerde. I don’t really understand how the hexagons are supposed to be layered, and the folds could be crisper and the paper less plain, but I think that it turned out well for a first attempt. My favorite view is backlit. I think that I’ll try to post it on a window or something like that to display.

There are so many amazing creations posted to the Origami Tessellation group pool on Flickr, that to compare my work to theirs… so daunting. Everyone starts somewhere though, and I think if I keep trying out different designs, eventually I’ll be able to fold tessellations like that too! I’d love it if I could get a whole collection, then frame them and hang it as art pieces on my walls.

Anyways, I don’t have too much to say about the process this time. The pre-creasing is fairly easy, but time consuming. I thought it was a little difficult to understand the fold that pulls everything together, but I got it after a few other attempts. I think that the hexagons are supposed to appear as if they were lying on top of one another, but I didn’t really understand which way the folds were supposed to lie in order to create that illusion.

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Diamond Bridge, folding with gum wrappers

Haven’t found the author of the Rhombic Icoasahedron yet, but I found the original Flickr picture I was looking at, here, done by steffi.

diamond bridge

I saw the model listed on MM’s origami gallery, and thought that I would give it a try. It’s designed by Miyuki Kawamura, usng 1:2 ratio paper.

I haven’t posted some of the older pictures of my gum wrapper origami, but I really love trying to make models with the gum foil paper. I just love the shiny, metallic look! My favorite is the Wrigley’s 5 gum, because their wrappers come in so many different colors too! This model is from the Cobalt flavor foil.

Folding with gum foil takes a lot longer than folding with regular paper does. The foil isn’t as stiff, and it doesn’t have as much friction. So then, when you try to fold modular pieces, more often than not, you should use tape.

For this model, The pieces are pretty easy to fold, and I think assembly wouldn’t have been too difficult, if I wasn’t trying to use gum wrappers. I ended up taping the edges, but even so, it’s a little unstable. The model tends to flatten out on the shelf, since its so open. I think it’s better to do models that have less open spaces, like Tomoko Fuse’s diagonally folded unit, for gum wrappers.

Later, I might do a tutorial post, or something like that, for folding with gum wrappers.

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