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Sonobe Soma Cube

September 15, 2009, 16:46

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Browsing the Modular Origami Group on flickr again, and saw some people who’ve done this. It seemed like it would be fun to do, and fit the number of papers I had perfectly!

Used the 120 sheet pack of origami paper, plus 2 cut sheets of wrapping paper, to make these 7 puzzle pieces. Since there were so many colors, I thought that I would unify the pieces’ appearance by doing it in the Striped Sonobe variation by MM, which highlights the reverse side.

I glued it to make sure that the pieces would stay together when people are playing with it. haha, I had to try quite a few times before figuring it out.


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Robert Lang’s K2

September 13, 2009, 06:09

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The amazing polypolyhedron by Robert Lang! I saw a bunch of pictures on flickr and fell in love with this model. It really resembles Tom Hull’s Five Intersecting Tetrahedron, but adds an additional layer of complexity. Instead of being made from 5 tetrahedron, its made from 20 triangles.

Its a real challenge to assemble. I’m sure that as you can see from the photograph, the corners are all messy. When assembling the triangles, I thought that I would glue to make them but I actually ended up making a lot of mistakes putting it together! So because of that, I had to tear out the glued piece, which led to the corners being so messed up.

I think I’ll try this model again, and try to do it justice. Sometime in the future. πŸ™‚

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September 13, 2009, 06:04


Recently I’ve been running up against a block, not knowing what to make. I finally decided to open the new packets of origami paper, given to me by a friend. Its a lovely pastel floral print, featuring a sprinkling of sakura blossoms.

I thought that the Sakuradama model from Toshikazu Kawasaki’s Origami Yume WORLD would really fit it! Actually, now that it’s complete, maybe the pattern is a little distracting, but its still nice.

The flowers really remind me of sakura, because it has the detail at the end of the petal. Compared to MM’s Plumeria model, which I did earlier, I think this one is more delicate in feeling.

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Little Turtle, Electra, Morning Glory

September 09, 2009, 22:41

I completed a bunch of models last week, but have been lazy about posting. As usual, pictures still to come.

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First up is Tomoko Fuse’s Little Turtle, from Unit Origami. Made this model to finish off my second notepad of paper! I really like the bright green color.

The model isn’t too difficult to fold, and its fun to assemble. The units tend to fall apart, when there are only a few connected. At the end, the model is fairly stable though.

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From the Papercrafts book.

There’s so much pre-creasing needed to fold each unit that it gets kind of annoying. I had a hard time assembling the pieces, because they just wouldn’t stay inside. In the end, I had to resort to glue.

Well, the model looks interesting, especially from the inside, but I don’t think I’ll be making it again.

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Another Tomoko Fuse model, from Origami Tanteidan 71. A lot of precreasing again, and a few measurement folds. It’s hard to fold this one while trying to watch a show at the same time, because you have to look at the piece to check if the fold is going in the right place. I guess because of that it feels like a lot of folding for such a simle piece.

Even though it does take a while to complete, the model turns out really nicely.

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Pointsettia Floral Globe, Decoration Box Wreath, Rhombic Patches, Sakura Temari, Lucky Stars

August 31, 2009, 00:00

Oh, there are so many things I want to do, but so little time. And why am I always distracted by all these little things anyways?

I joined Flickr! Instead of posting to the LJ Scrapbook, I’ll upload new pics there. I really want to explore the features on the site and then network with all the origami groups and then post some hopefully amazing photos.

I really should work on my photography and Photoshop skills. So many of the pictures I just uploaded are grainy or not focused sharply. At least the colors turned out decently, but I don’t know whether my monitor is calibrated correctly, so even thats doubtful.

Anyways, I’ll post some of the older photos with commentary! I wonder if this is the kind of stuff I should be writing on the description page?

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This model comes from Meenakshi Mukerji’s Marvelous Modular Origami! It’s my favorite of her floral balls, because its relatively simple and only uses a half square of paper! 30 units.

I tried to make this out of paint chip samples, 1.37×2.75 in, but the paper is really thick and difficult to fold. I couldn’t fold the tab to lock at the center of the flower, so I resorted to taping on the inside. The tape doesn’t really stick well to the paint chip, so the model is basically falling apart.

It’s beautiful otherwise, so if I were to do this model again, I’d take more paint chips to be able to use larger pieces.

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Inspired by the cover of Modular Origami Polyhedra, using Lewis Simon’s Decoration Box model. It uses an incredible 168 pieces of paper!

I really love the rainbow effect that it has! The origami paper one has a pretty fade effect which gives it texture. Even though the notebook paper is so plain, I think the colors make a great transition.  Tried to edit the terrible lighting in the photo, but it didn’t come out so well.  Might repost this with better pictures later.

Since there are so many pieces, the model takes a while to fold. I think I was folding these while watching the entire season of Honey and Clover. Even though folding the pieces is tedious, connecting everything is fun!

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From Tomoko Fuse’s Floral Globes book again. Original Japanese name is ひし归パッチ. 30 units.

I think the color combination came out well. One reminds me of a starry sky and the other of a sprouting plant. The paper’s bright colors are another plus. I had fun making this model, even though the assembly was a little complicated.

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I saw this on the Paper Unlimited blog a while ago, and thought it would be fun to try. This model is by Tomoko Fuse, published in Origami Tanteidan Magazine 72. 30 units, as usual.

I used the bright red notepad paper, which I think made it really cute! I think that a miniature version, maybe in a ligher pink color, would make a lovely cellphone charm! I really love the cherry blossoms, so flowery and delicate, but bold too.

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A bunch of wishing stars, no idea of the count, filling up a 16oz glass bottle. Made these while I was away in college, from cardstock and scrap papers.

I am in love with shiny metallic paper. Aren’t you? I collected color gum wrappers from the Wrigley’s 5 gum, then stuck the foil on strips of paper to fold these stars. Some of the others are from random candy wrappers or bottle labels, but I really think that the shiny paper makes this really unique. I still have a lot of blue stars left over, so I might fill another bottle with a different color scheme.

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Unit Polyhedron Origami: Regular Icosahedron

August 30, 2009, 15:43

Sorry for the double-post today, but it’s my dad’s birthday! I made him a model from Tomoko Fuse’s Unit Polyhedron Origami, the Regular Icosahedron.

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I used some shiny birthday wrapping paper, hoping that "Happy" and "Birthday" would show up on the faces, but no such luck. Still, I like how this model shows off the paper’s design in a clean and minimal way. I think that it seems very modern!

When I first assembled the model, I only connected it with the joints. I just put the last piece in, when the whole thing just broke apart! Apparently, the wrapping paper is too smooth, and doesn’t have enough grip to stabilize the model. I ended up using glue on the joints then reassembling. I accidently left some gaps by gluing the joint too far out, but even so, I think it turned out pretty well.

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Unit Polyhedron Origami: Double-Sided Concave Hexagonal Ring Solid

August 30, 2009, 15:43

Finished the ring-like structure, made from the Double-Sided Concave Hexagonal Ring Solid unit in Tomoko Fuse’s Unit Polyhedron Origami.

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Well, the unit is quick and easy to make, but assembly is a little frustrating. After the first few units are put together, its difficult to slip the tab to lock the units together into the pocket without bending it. I really had problems with making the closing ring, so it ended up all wrinkled and not so pretty. Maybe using a different approach, where you first build the end rings and then connect with the column would be easier?

Anyways, I finally found my camera connection cable, which was packed away with all of my other college stuff, so I’ll be editing these entries with photos shortly!

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