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Origami Tessellation Molecule and Interesting (Kindof) Stats

So this post highlights my distractability. This is an old test that I fully intended to expand, but never did. So I pulled it out, dusted it off and I’m working on figuring out the reference points for the piece so I can eventually tile it. The problem is it is deceptive, it looks simple, but sadly isn’t (at least for me) and is giving me a run for my money. I think I have all the reference lines, but the construction is still eluding me. Unfortunately I don’t always design in the way Joseph does (Wu). His locks are so him and in his case the deceptive simplicity is almost always including hidden internal lockish things that are painful, but consistently Wuvian (Wuesque, Jospephian, JoWuskian):P I don’t find my own designing to be that consistent and as such I confuse myself at times.

New Edit: (With an additional ;P at the current commentator): I should say that my comments about The JoWu” are just on what I’ve learned when he willingingly or unwillingly taught a model and observing him during exceedingly rare opportunities when I was able to see him in his natural Wuvian habitat. So take it for what it is, off the cuff analysis.

“Trapped Midpoints in a Celtic Cross”

Trapped Midpoints in a Celtic Cross by you.

Trapped Midpoints in a Celtic Cross by you.

Trapped Midpoints in a Celtic Cross by you.

Posted below are some takeout box varients.

Takeout Box varients by you.

Last, but not least, are some stats that show up on the admin homepage for this blog. It is interesting to see what you view as your most interesting work vs. what the readers find most interesting. I am using views as a measure of reader interest. Although I find dollar bill folding interesting from a design standpoint, I don’t consider it my most interesting work, but that is clearly what brings the most people here. It isn’t a negative or a positive thing, but simply a fact. It may be because I have more dollar bill designs with instructions posted or it may be that my primary interest with origami (tessellating) doesn’t strike the same cord, either way I still will post anything that strikes my fancy, but it does make me think if I ever try to do a book dollar bill designs might come first, boxes second, and modulars third.

Dollar Bill Flower Module Diagrams 23,811 views

Dollar Bill Butterfly Ring 14,302 views

Dollar Sun-Another Day Another Dollar Fold 6,482 views

More Modular Madness 6,082 views

Gothic Cuffs 4,774 views

2-D Modular Design Process and Diagrams 4,615 views

Hexagonal Dollar Bill Modular Instructions 4,476 views

Free Origami Furniture PDFs 2,605 views

Check out Joel’s Etsy Shop

Joel is and will be an insanely talented folder and is selling some of his work for a steal. Check out
and drool over the complexity that his work.  His green angel strikes me as a bit scary and beautiful all at once.  She doesn’t look like she plays, but she is exquisite

Green Angel

Amazing stuff as always.

“Takeout” Box Instructions and First Pillow Test

Takeout container version One in vellum by you.Takeout container version two by you.

Takeout container version one in vellum by you.

This is one of those folds that is so simple that I suspect it has to have been designed before. What I really like about it is it’s strength and good use of paper. Its 3 in high and a 3.5 by 3.5 inch. Given that this vellum started out as a regular 8.5×11 cut into a 8.5 inch square I think the space that is kept is great and it is very strong, as demonstrated

As is usual if this has been done before please post applicable information and a link if possible.

Instructions start here

Also I am posting a really rough first draft of a pillow based off the Oceania Box. Eric’s comment about made me think about some earlier faux suede I tried tessellating this summer. I think I may have to suck it up and buy some real suede or leather to get the body that I want for the design.

First test "oceania" pillow by you.

The faux suede does not have enough body to hold the separated to curve the pleats. Freehanding the ironing not a good idea. My eyeball isn’t that good. I should sew across the base of the pleats before sewing for assembly. When I bought this I was at an upholstery fabric store. I absolutely loved a vivid turquoise blue leather that I saw, this was bought in place of leather cause of cost. I will play with this more when I have time.

Origami Tessellation – “Framed Star Tessellation” Instructions

Framed Star Tessellation 12 by you.

Framed Star Tessellation 11 by you.

As some of you know I am fascinated with three dimensional tessellations. This is a different and much simpler process than I typically use, so I figured it lent itself more to online instructions. This does assume a certain level of ability. First the grid should really be 32nds if you want to get repeated stars. 16ths would allow you to make about one star I suspect. The grid I used was 48ths. For instructions on how to make a grid link to Eric’s origami tessellations website and look it up and that also goes for a triangle twist.

Step one is creating the first triangle twist.

Framed Star Tessellation 1

Secondly you arrange the grid as shown, as if to do another triangle twist. But don’t!

Framed Star Tessellation 2

Push the tip, where the lines intersect in.

Framed Star Tessellation 3 by you.

From the edge of the pushed in hexagon go over two spaces and arrange the pleats as if you are going to create a triangular twist. The repeat the “concave” hexagon.

Framed Star Tessellation 4 by you.

Framed Star Tessellation 5 by you.

Then going upwards from the new concave hexagon do the same thing. I also added a triangle twist on the outer edge of the emerging larger hexagon. Then another triangle twist on the middle “concave” hexagon.

Framed Star Tessellation 6 by you.

Keep repeating around, till you have formed a hexagon of the pushed in hexagons. The triangle twists are in the directions shown below, every other one faces the other.

Framed Star Tessellation 9 by you.

The other side is where it gets its name. This is the basic unit. The process repeats from each of the triangle twists. Refer to the first two pictures for the full tessellation.

Framed Star Tessellation 10 by you.

The nice thing is once you’ve constrained the free paper there are at least 10 easy mods that will change the form completely. I’ll leave them to you to find, but remember part of origami is discovery. Push things in a little differently and a new design is born.



Soon I have a pillow that is a test I’ll publish.  The front is done I just need to pull out my sewing machine and filler.   I also had some earlier tests that collected dust, as most stuff I test does (by the necessity of time)   I pulled out and started playing with.  I am currently not friends with my  iron though.  I might splurge on a cord free one and I think I’ve come around to “investing” (that’s the word I’m using instead of indulging) in a craftrobo pro.

Winterland in Wisconsin: A Few Folds and an Old but Not Forgotten Box

So I was in Wisconsin, at Lake Harris. I think winter is the time that we are gifted with seeing a tree’s architecture. The pristine lines don’t err and aim towards the heavens against a backdrop of Robin’s egg blue. The stark Birches and lily white snow were beautiful if bitterly cold. So amidst the joy of grading papers I folded.

Oceania Box-Older box, but one that I still like.   I don’t think I’ve posted it here before.

Oceania Box by you.

Partial Diagram: After step 6 just make a standard masu box. The edge reference for the edge of the box is the first pleat from the edge. Make two. Then pull apart the sections carefully, fanning them out. Make two.

Rough Diagrams for Oceania Box by you.

In Wisconsin I played around with 2d modulars again. Before I post instructions I would like to know if they are already floating out there in the origami ether.   If you recognize them please state who and a link if possible.   I checked out a site moduladia? and a site by a gentleman whose website escapes me at the moment.   So if the designs and or modules look familiar I do appreciate information before I bother trying to diagram.

Some Modulars made in Wisconsin by you.

Last thing  from the cold northwoods is a tessellation.   Was originally going to do a mask , but sadly that, as usual, was pushed to the side.  So here it is backlit.

Kaleidoscopic by you.

Hope you all have a safe and happy new year.