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3D Origami Tessellation Suggestions and Other Stuff

Suggestions For Making 2d Tessellations 3d


  1. Take any flat tiling and see if you have free flaps of paper.  When you have free edges take the flaps push up from underneath and push into the center of the flap from the top.  Consider the flat tessellation a net for an infinite number of tessellations.
  2. This does not have to be done symmetrically, but find the pattern so you can repeat it (although randomization can be interesting and is a good thing to play with).
  3. If you have successive layers then push the paper in or out in varying areas of the free flaps to get a wide variety of different designs.
  4. To create variation make the pleat depth vary.  Instead of folding one layer over fold two.  It gives you more potential collapses and variations.
  5. If you have done Eric Gjerde’s spread hex I have a variation you can fold on this site.  Just look for the Labyrinth tutorial.  Take any you have made and start playing with variation on with and 3 dimensionality.  
  6. Another technique is to layer grids.  First create a tessellation and then overlay another as if the grid was untouched.  Generally this gives you extra paper that is constrained that you can play with.


The following two pics show the consequences of successive layering of pushing free edges in and out.  The flat tessellation is first

Layered Pleating by you.

From above

Layered Pleating 3ded by you.

From Underneath

Layered Pleating 3ded by you.


Other Stuff

E-mails about predecessors

I always appreciate information about designs and overlaps that people send me.  Sometimes I see the connection and at times I do not (as I once received an email with only an attachment of a crane in regards to a tessellation), but it is always interesting to see connections and I always try to post links/info (although sometimes a bit slow).  

Deb Pun Discoe sent me an email “…your heart lock reminded me of Alfredo Giunta’s “Angel” as published  in an out-of-print “Origami : 30 fold-by-fold projects” compiled by Paulo Mulatinho”

Karen Reed also sent me an e-mail about a potential forerunner to the takeout container “I was just looking at the Florence Temko collection, mounted by Diana Lee’s Origami Resource Center website, and noticed this model:“Desktop Basket by Florence Temko Variation of a traditional model”  You can view the picture gallery here .

Thanks to both ladies for the information.

Slightly funny (at least to me) variant of a Valentine’s day bowl.  “Cough Up Your Heart”

Trying to make faces from pleats has been interesting.  This was playing with a heart bowl I made.  Only tried to make a nose and hint at a chin.  The chin I took away because it didn’t work.

Coughing Up Hearts by you.

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.

Masks the never ending saga/Red Man and Piltdown Man

I have spoken of my mask travails, that said the red mask actually exhibited a bit of progress.   The eyes are not proportionate, but they are much more defined, which I like.  This mask is the strongest internally and is without wet folding for any details.  There is the barest development of a chin.  I like the fullness in the cheeks although placement is still an issue.  The poor red man is missing an upper lip, but that’s going to have to wait for the next mask.  I need to start creasing larger, because I am running out of space on the sides.  The nose is more complex and has a better side view.  References Italian Comedy Masks in my view.  The upper right picture has my mask next to Joel Cooper’s mask.  This can give you an idea where I am trying to go, I don’t want to emulate his exact style, but I want to achieve his level of completion.

The black mask on the left was lost when I tried to make the mouth.  The picture is horrid, because I was only going to use it for reference, not post it.  I approached the pleats under the mouth differently, I referred to Joel’s mask.  In doing so I created what mon pere dubbed the Piltdown Man. 

Long overdue update

It has been a long time since I have posted anything. I havn’t done a lot, but I have been checking to see if some things I’ve diagrammed exist out there without consistent access to a computer at home it has been difficult.
The paper Christiane mailed me got here and I have used one sheet. It is a host of colors of wyndstone I cannot get in the U.S.. I also finished my last self imposed mask that cannot be taken apart. It shows that, but at least I managed to finish three as stated previously. Individually I learned things during each mask, but at some point I have to find synthesis or it is all for naught.


Basic Container Diagrams and Update

Lately I have been on a box/container jag.  In about two hours I folded 6 containers.  The others were over several days.  I am going to post the containers as I diagram them.

Basic Container

Basic Container diagram IBasic Container Diagram IIBasic Container Final step picture

The box is simple so odds are its been done before, if so please post pertinent info.  Also if there are any mistakes please inform me.

After a time away from masks I decided to try them again.  Absence did not improve my skills (wishful thinking), and it is not like riding a bicycle.  What I have challenged myself to do is complete three masks in a row without ripping them apart.  It sounds simple, but it goes against my nature.  However I probably will never improve unless I focus on completing them and understanding my flaws.  Here are the two I’ve completed.

Two varients of second mask.  Unfortunately used a smaller grid and couldn’t complete the top of the head.


PCOC 2007

Vancouver was beautiful, even as it rained and was cloudy.   Joseph Wu did a magnificent job with the Pendulum Gallery exhibition.  It was a privilege to see so many amazing works in one place. 


Teaching was fun and instructive.  I thank all who came to the workshop and class.  Eric Joisel’s class was humorous and informative.  Eric Gjerde expanded tessellation knowledge to the masses as is his mission and Bekah brought a chuckle and a wicked sense of humor everywhere she went.  I met Michael and Richard, very well spoken and knowledgable men, the have a fascinating wellspring of stories and experiences.  Joseph Wu’s little boy, Michael, is adorable and when he decides to make money by renting out the perfect child I’m on the list.  I love Joisel’s work and Cooper’s Puck is full of character.


A new tessellator Adrianne was met and proves to be  a quick study and is an amusing lassy:)  Both Michael LaFosse and Joseph Wu taught pigs(or boar) and both were elegant little models.  The plane ride back was a bit bumpy, but I was on time.  On the plane I initially started a mask in blue elephant hide that Darren(from Australia) gave me a bit of, but like most masks I do I pulled it apart and worked on making a test of a solar system tess.   The solar system spiral was to small and I havn’t decided if I like the stars I used, but it was a fun practice run(asymmetry is hard, it just looks unfinished if not careful).I just wish I hadn’t abused my pretty new color.  Most of the photos will be posted to flickr, but here is a sample.  Played with gray paper also, but I didn’t fold much new stuff.

Green Mask

Latest mask attempt.  Could be a male dryad, Gaia’s Consort, Green Man-naming it doesn’t really concern me, rather capturing the ebullance of greenary I saw in the North Woods.  There are a few more shots here.


Mask Maker, Mask Maker, Make Me a Mask


As stated previously Joel aided my mask endeavor over the weekend in New York.  The two masks I did with the sheet creased by Jane, Bekah, and I were posted, but I wanted to try to expand on a larger grid to try to tessellate around the face.  Arrrrrgh!  Not so easy (not that I thought it was), the direction of creases take on a whole new meaning.  I accidently expanded the features so I didn’t have as much extra paper to play with. 

I reverted a little in that it is not secured with as many internal twists as I was shown and has some features obtained by wet folding (eyebrows), so it does not have the structural integrity of Joel’s masks. 

This is going to be irksome…points of struggle are/will be eyes, direction of creases, eyebrows, cheek structure.  Ideas are cheap, those I have, execution of said ideas… a whole ‘nother dinosaur.

More shots here

Gone Foldin-Back Again

Back from the sleep deprived whirlwind that was New York.  The exhibit was amazing, although when I have seen photos I think I must have sleep-walked through it, because I don’t remember much of what I see in the photos.

  • As usual R. Lang, J. Wu (I’m sadly in love with his Really BLUE Ox), and J. Cooper awed with their paper skills. 


(Ox-unfinished, as shown.  Sorry to Joseph, but I accidently deleted the good shot)

  • Satoshi Kamiya was one of the guests and I’m full of admiration-his work is insanely detailed.  He also taught a bear in my first class which I adore. 


  • Polly Verity brought her corrugation creations and beautiful spirit. 
  • Ray Schamp exhibited and taught a wonderful Monday class on corrugations, clarifying some terminology and ensnaring many. 
  • Eric, the young published paperologist;), taught two tessellation classes and brought his better half Bekah (a queen of all trades and mistress of all.) 
  • Tactom also had a monday class on Voronoi molecules and many things I don’t understand (but wish I did.) 
  • We got to see Sippo’s puffer fish, dung beetle, and realistic crustacean. 
  • I can’t break down all I saw, so if I forgot to mention anything forgive my sieve-like memory.
  •  Christiane brought boxes and tessellations and amazed everyone with her creations.
  • Young Ben Parker took my peculiar sense of humor with good grace and it was great fun to see him get so excited about folding Hilberts.
  • The Columbian contingent Ana, George, and Andrea brought knowledge and a host of interesting conversation.
  • Mustn’t forget Phillip Chapmen Bell.  The curved gentleman who created the lunoid.
  • Took several classes with BKWebb who turns out to have a name other than BK!
  • Met Chris Palmer and Jeff Rutzky (a man who’s love of Jen Stark has brought a terrific artist to my attention), interesting gentlemen.
  • I owe much thanks to Joel and Jane.  Jane and Bekah both worked on folding the grid that has become two unfinished masks.  Joel I owe much thanks to for sitting and giving me tips, advice, hands on assistence, and the presence of mind not to rip apart what frustrates me.  Jane thanks for harassing him to aide moi and folding me the wax paper, I will hairdryer it tonight.
  • Many fabulous people and things were seen, but my mind still has focusing issues.


More Origami Joel To Bid On

The first two bidding wars are done, but you can get in on Joel’s micromini-tess talents or one of his delightful masks on ebay.  I highly recommend checking it out and, if you have a few shillings to spare, an artistic investment you should make.

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nibelung mask