Happy Little Creases

Folded from a 16” square of off-white kozo paper

So I did manage to get my hands on some nicer kozo paper to fold a more display-quality piece. I tweaked some of the detailing proportions from my test fold and this version ended up being much neater. 

Some details about the model can be found here

Vertebra test fold from a 15” square of (cheap)kraft

Despite my studying schedule, I made a thing! I wanted to design a somewhat realistic vertebra (a spinal segment) model, and I think I came somewhat close with this 16x16 boxpleat pattern. 

Details I focused on (technical terms ahead:)

rounded vertebral body

spinous and transverse processes

superior/anterior articular facets

shaped vertebral foramen

final shaping was based on lumbar vertebra references. I’m not sure if I will be able to do an actual final fold; gotta get some nice white mullberry paper first.

Aand after dozens of hours, here’s the completed model! Never again! (maybe)
This photo is actually a slightly different perspective from the one in my deviantart post. The neck here happened to line up with the tail to make a sort of a loop. I liked it so I posted it here.
More details about the model can be found on my deviantart post

Aand after dozens of hours, here’s the completed model! Never again! (maybe)

This photo is actually a slightly different perspective from the one in my deviantart post. The neck here happened to line up with the tail to make a sort of a loop. I liked it so I posted it here.

More details about the model can be found on my deviantart post

Part 2 of the Ryujin 3.5 progress photos. 

I’ve connected the two halves together, inserted wires for structure, and closed up the model. Posing is completed by the last photo and the model just has some details left to clean up.

So… I’ve been working on a Ryujin 3.5 (a detailed dragon designed by Kamiya Satoshi) throughout this year. Since I’ve finished the model, I’m posting some progress photos for the separate bottom and top halves of the folding process. Shown is grid creasing, pre-creasing, collapsing, and scale shaping for both. The time difference between the first and last progress photo is about a couple months

Toothless is friggin adorable so I tried my hand at folding him. Folded from 18” square of black unryu.

More details can be found on my Deviantart post.

So… as of last week, I’ve been traveling! In fact, I’m still traveling so I’ve stuck this up on tumblr’s scheduled post function.

This is a modest entry for a little design challenge between friends for which the topic is “octopus”. Though origami octopi aren’t new, I guess I ended up doing a few of the things you usually don’t see in an octopus model. 

  • I pulled the legs from the bottom half of the paper(with some flaps even nested inside one another) instead of all from the edges of the paper.
  • I dedicated flaps for the eyes, which allowed for BIG octopus eyes (probably went a bit too big here)
  • Instead of squashing a center flap for a bulbous head, the head is a wide flap that locks together to make a cylinder, with crimps to round out the shape.

All in all, it probably makes for a fairly inefficient octopus! Crease pattern included. Some designations:

Top corners: eye flaps

Main body: Top center (I made this flap wider through spreading these pleats)

legs: 4 edge flaps from the sides, 2 edge flaps from the bottom, and 2 center flaps about a 3rd of the way from the bottom.

Hello. I don't know your name and that is my first question-What is your name?(sorry XD). I am a 17-year-old boy from Spain and I started folding at the age of 10, but i've never been able to do any origami from CP´s. So my question is if you can teach me to do some of your works (like the cute Jake the Dog), or teach everyone in Youtube ? Sorry if I ask you something that u don't want to do but i will be the happiest person in the world just with your answer. I'm Alvaro (sorry for mistakes)
Anonymous

Hi there!

It is indeed a bit tricky to get started in crease patterns, and for starters, there are a lot of resources online. You can check out the crease pattern section of this reddit FAQ for some reading material. Personally, I learned the most while drawing crease patterns for the models I designed. It kind of arose through the necessity to save my ideas without spending to much time diagramming the whole thing. As with most skills, start easy (try some easy crease patterns found online) and work your way up. Luckily the Jake the Dog crease pattern is fairly simple and shouldn’t take too much practice before you are ready to tackle it. 

How I usually tackle a crease pattern I’ve never seen before is try to identify reference points. Wherever a bunch of creases seem to converge, see if that point falls on a 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, etc reference point. If a bunch of creases diverge from a point, check if they are angle bisectors. If a bunch of creases are parallel to each other or intersect at 90 degrees, it probably falls on a regular grid. Once you have these reference points, the rest of the creases usually are deducible from there.

Once you have the creases folded, you are going to need to collapse the model. This just means the creases typically come together all at once into a base that has flaps in the right orientations for the model you want to fold. Sometimes the base looks nothing like the final model, and you will need to imagine how the base layout would be laid out with respect to what you want to fold. If the base collapses strangely or runs into itself, try turning the crease pattern inside out or reversing all the creases. A lot of it is trial and error. Once you have this base, it’s up to you to detail it to your liking. You’ll learn that working with crease patterns involves a lot of personal interpretations after the collapse steps.

Hope that overview helps. I don’t have the setup/experience/time to make high quality videos unfortunately. Good luck learning crease patterns and remember that it might take a while to get the hang of it, so keep at it!

I tried my hand at Gen Hagiwara’s Labrador retriever crease pattern. If you want to try your hand at it, the crease pattern may be found here. 
Folded from 9” square of gold tissue foil. Instead of shaping a Labrador Retriever however, I figured why not try a different dog breed and tried to recreate the Shiba Inu. 

I tried my hand at Gen Hagiwara’s Labrador retriever crease pattern. If you want to try your hand at it, the crease pattern may be found here

Folded from 9” square of gold tissue foil. Instead of shaping a Labrador Retriever however, I figured why not try a different dog breed and tried to recreate the Shiba Inu. 

Some more Monster Hunter origami! Here are a couple quadrapedal wyverns, both folded from the same base. Crease pattern included.

Nargacuga: Folded from a 15” square of black unryu. I’m very happy with how it came out. 

Tigrex: Folded from 12” square of yellow Tant. It was almost too thick for the job, but it turned out decently nonetheless.