Tuesday, November 18, 2014

RUFF & HiDEF Meetings Report: November 2014

//////  Seven folders attended the November 2014 RUFF (Rosamond Upbeat Folding Fanatics) meeting in Rosamond. Three folders attended the November 2014 HiDEF (High-Desert Enthusiastic Folders) meeting in Lancaster.

Origamies we folded in November:

1)  Sonobe & Belted Cubes.  The Sonobe Module design is by Mitsunobu Sonobe. The Belted Cube design is by Tomoko Fuse. A diagram for the Sonobe (So-NO-bay) Module can be found in “Beginner's Book of Modular Origami Polyhedra - The Platonic Solids” (2008, isbn 13: 978-0-486-46172-4 and 10: 0-486-46172-6) pg17, by Rona Gurkewitz and Bennett Arnstein. A diagram for the Belted Cube can be found in “Unit Origami” (1990, isbn 0-87040-852-6), starting on pg22.

In the photo are two Sonobes, on the left and right; they are made with modules that are variations on the basic module. The basic module doesn’t show the color-change (back side of the paper). The two cubes in the middle (one much smaller than the other) are the Belted Cube, folded by Elff.



2) Three-Piece Six-Petal Flower.  Design by unknown. I learned this model from others; I don’t have a diagram, but the module is simple. Use three pieces of paper, in the proportion of 1x2. I teach the model using paper that is 3x6 (I cut 6-inch squares in half), but any size that is approximately 1x2 proportion. The model is very forgiving. Your papers don’t have to be exactly or neatly cut; all the edges end up on the back. You fold the paper in half lengthwise, a long valley fold on the *front* side of the paper. Then turn to the back side and fold a set of airplane-folds at each end. Finally, fold the two remaining long raw edges (on the long sides) to the middle. Done. Now lay all three modules together lengthwise, lining them up so all the petals are the same length, and wrap a pipe-cleaner around the middle and tightly twist, to lock the modules tightly. Now arrange the petals into a circular configuration and shape the ends as desired to look like petals.

The two shown here were made from 3x6-inch recycled calendar sheets. Never throw calendar pictures away; they make great craft paper! We used sparkle-foil pipe-cleaners.



3) Emma’s Secret Star.  Design by Wenhau Chao. I first learned the model from Mr Chao at PCOC 2011 (Bellevue, WA). There is no diagram that I know of, but the model is made similarly to Meenakshi Mukerji’s Gaillardia, with important variations. The name refers to the fact that you can un-twist the middle and put a small item inside. It’s made from an octagon, features pre-creasing and a collapse, then the finishing can be varied. You can also finish the points so that half of each point shows the back-color. Very nice in red and green, for example, for the holidays.

This one is made from circular-patterned glossy-coated (like gift-wrap) paper.



Here’s the model with the paper it was made from.



4) Gaillardia (NCC version).  Design by Meenakshi Mukerji. This stunning model is diagrammed in Meenakshi Mukerji’s “Wondrous One Sheet Origami” (2013, pg 59). The original model shows both sides of the paper, but I fold it in a simplified manner that only shows one side of the paper, so it’s best to have a print that has something interesting in the middle of the square. I call the resulting model the No-Color-Change (NCC) Gaillardia. Everything you see on the front of the flower is from the front-side of the paper, whereas Meenakshi’s design shows the color of the back-side in the middle of the flower. See her diagram for more info. Her book is well worth purchasing; it contains many other really nice one-sheet models for your folding pleasure, some of which I hope to feature at my local meetings in the future.

I think the original model is High Intermediate, and my NCC version is Intermediate. Both versions require a high degree of accuracy in the pre-folding to do nicely, and it also requires a collapse and some sophisticated petal-shaping. The original model also requires additional pre-folding and working with the paper in several layers; it’s best done with larger paper or relatively thin, crisp paper.

The NCC version makes use of some of the steps from Wenhau Chao’s Emma’s Secret Star (ESS) to simplify the folding while achieving the same look in the finished model, but without the Color-Change.

Video instructions, for the original color-change version, can be found on happyfolding.com, by Sara Adams.

Here’s the model, made from the same paper that the ESS, above, was made from.



And here it is showing both the front and back sides. Essentially, the NCC Gaillardia shows one side of the model on the front, and the ESS shows the other side on the front (compare the photos).



5) Octo Cube.  Design by Tomoko Fuse. Diagrammed in “Unit Origami” (1990, isbn 0-87040-852-6), pg 48, by Tomoko Fuse. An Intermediate model, mainly because the last few steps are a bit challenging and unusual. The module is pretty by itself; made from the right paper, it would make a nice decoration or brooch. The book shows how to attach the modules together using linking units, to make a cube with corners cut off.

Elff taught the model at this meeting. Here are the ones we made.



6) Airplane, 8.5x11.  Design by Unknown. I made a rough diagram (unpublished). I don’t remember who first taught me this model. Using letter paper, fold lengthwise, then make an airplane fold. Fold the pointed end over, leaving extra space between the new crease and the bottom of the airplane folds. Fold the top “corners” to the middle, leaving space at the top, so only the lower points touch in the middle. Fold the triangle at the bottom, up, to form a lock. Mountain-fold in half with the lock on the outside and fold the sides down to line up with the crease that extends from the lock.

The model can be made to act like a boomerang by curling the horizontal stabilizers upward and throwing the model straight up into the air. The curled stabilizers also make the model fly in a stall-fly-stall mode when tossed horizontally away from you.

Photo shows the model with curled stabilizers, on the left, and the underside of the model, on the right.


7) Bat.  Design by Nick Robinson. Diagram posted on Robinson's website:

nickrobinson.info/origami

I make it with a narrow white border at Step 1, to highlight the head.

Photo of the bat with white border.



8) Two-Piece Cat.  Design is Traditional. A nice video demonstration can be found at Leyla Torres’ wonderful site, OrigamiSpirit.com:

http://www.origamispirit.com/2014/04/origami-cats/

This one is different from the ones in Keiji Kitamura’s “Origami Treasure Chest”.

These are the cutest little cats, and so easy to make. Use 3” or 2” paper so they are not so big that they won’t stand up. Instead of using tape to connect the head to the body, as is usually done with models of this type, this one uses the point at the top of the head as a pocket for the top of the neck, and then folds the point over, locking head and body securely together.

Photo of two cute kitties.



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Scheduled meetings coming up (current as of date of this Report):

        RUFF - Rosamond Library, 5-7pm
Thu, 04 Dec 2014 (MOVED to Thu, not Tue!!!)
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Tue, 06 Jan 2015
Tue, 03 Feb 2015
Tue, 03 Mar 2015
Tue, 07 Apr 2015

        HiDEF - Lancaster Library, 1-4pm
Sat, 06 Dec 2014
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Sat, 03 Jan 2015
Sat, 07 Feb 2015
Sat, 07 Mar 2015
Sat, 03 Apr 2015

----- Whoever shows up for these meetings can sit down and fold with me or whoever else is there. I always bring plenty of paper and am always ready to teach various simple-to-intermediate origamies. Others can teach as well, or bring books or diagrams that we can explore together.

----- All are welcome, but preferably ages 8 and up. Persons younger than 8 years old usually (there are always exceptions, you be the judge) have a lot of trouble with origami and don’t enjoy the experience much. Persons under 10 should have an adult helper present to help with folding and provide behavioral guidance (I do not babysit!). Folders also need fairly good close-up vision (or glasses to get you there) and should be comfortable working with their hands.

...Chila --------------------------------------------------------------
Chilagami - I think, therefore I fold; I fold, therefore I am
Folding for Fun in the Mojave Desert
Southern California, USA
chilagami@gmail.com
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

RUFF & HiDEF Meetings Report: October 2014

//////  Six folders attended the October 2014 RUFF (Rosamond Upbeat Folding Fanatics) meeting in Rosamond. The October 2014 HiDEF (High-Desert Enthusiastic Folders) meeting in Lancaster was cancelled.

Origamies we folded in October:

1)  Samurai Helmet. Design is Traditional. This model appears in many books. Step-photos appear on:

We made them from 6” papers that came in a block of approximately 900 sheets, from Barnes & Noble. Two of the folders curled the front of the helmet, for a different look:



2)  One-Piece Closed Gift Box.  Design by Robin Glynn, Tomoko Fuse. A video can be found on-line, at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRfyhAwqgvw

We made them from 8.5” square scrapbook paper:



3)  Simple Letterfold.  Design is Traditional. Diagrammed in several places, including “The Complete Origami Course” (isbn 0-8317-2792-6, 1989, pg42), by Paul Jackson. Folded from letter paper. Can be mailed; just be sure to get the stamp-corner on the upper right.

We made them from 8.5x11 printed letter paper, which I get at Michael’s Arts & Crafts:



4)  Two-Piece Tetrahedron.  Diagrammed in “Beginner's Book of Modular Origami Polyhedra - The Platonic Solids” (isbn 978-0-486-46172-4 or 0-486-46172-6, 2008, pg28), by Rona Gurkewitz & Bennett Arnstein. Made from two rectangles (anything from a square to a dollar bill), folded the same except that they are mirror-images of each other. Then they wrap around each other and you tuck the flaps into the pockets. There is usually a color-change on the outside.

The three models in the back are demonstrating that you can hook the models together by inserting the flap of one model into a pocket on another model, and perhaps make a much larger model, made of many of these tetrahedra.

We used the 8.5x11” patterned letter paper for these models:



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Scheduled meetings coming up (current as of date of this Report):

        RUFF - Rosamond Library, 5-7pm
Tue, 04 Nov 2014
Tue, 02 Dec 2014 (this meeting MAY be CANCELLED, I’ll know by end of Nov)
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Tue, 06 Jan 2015
Tue, 03 Feb 2015
Tue, 03 Mar 2015
Tue, 07 Apr 2015

        HiDEF - Lancaster Library, 1-4pm
Sat, 01 Nov 2014
Sat, 06 Dec 2014
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Sat, 03 Jan 2015
Sat, 07 Feb 2015
Sat, 07 Mar 2015
Sat, 03 Apr 2015

----- Whoever shows up for these meetings can sit down and fold with me or whoever else is there. I always bring plenty of paper and am always ready to teach various simple-to-intermediate origamies. Others can teach as well, or bring books or diagrams that we can explore together.

----- All are welcome, but preferably ages 8 and up. Persons younger than 8 years old usually (there are always exceptions, you be the judge) have a lot of trouble with origami and don’t enjoy the experience much. Persons under 10 should have an adult helper present to help with folding and provide behavioral guidance (I do not babysit!). Folders also need fairly good close-up vision (or glasses to get you there) and should be comfortable working with their hands.

...Chila --------------------------------------------------------------
Chilagami - I think, therefore I fold; I fold, therefore I am
Folding for Fun in the Mojave Desert
Southern California, USA
chilagami@gmail.com
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RUFF & HiDEF Meetings Report: September 2014

//////  Five folders attended the September 2014 RUFF (Rosamond Upbeat Folding Fanatics) meeting in Rosamond. Five folders attended the September 2014 HiDEF (High-Desert Enthusiastic Folders) meeting in Lancaster. 

Origamies we folded in September:

1)  Double-walled Box/Tray. Design by David Donahue. Video instruction by David at:

This box can be made from any rectangle, including a square:



2)  One-Piece Closed Gift Box.  Design by Robin Glynn, Tomoko Fuse, Arnold Tubis, etal. Video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRfyhAwqgvw

Box shown closed on the left, and open, on the right:



3)  Masu Box.  Traditional design. Diagrams can be found in many books and on-line. We made boxes and lids. There are various ways to make the lid just a bit larger than the box, so it fits over the box. We made the lid larger by making the Blintz Folds pulled away from the center about 1/8” and the Roll-over Fold, same. A nice, easy box that can be used for so many purposes. Make it from scrapbook paper and it will be very sturdy.

Boxes with lids pushed all the way down, and part-way down:



4)  R2D2 (Star Wars).  Design by Chris Alexander. Diagram (and special paper) in “Star Wars Origami” by Chris Alexander (2012, pg43).

Front:



Side:



5)  Neale’s Magic Star. Design by Robert Neale. Video at:


This is the one made from eight simple modules. The model can be “shaped” into a star or a ring.

Here’s the model in the “star” configuration:



And this photo shows both the “star” and “ring” configurations:



6)  Owl.  Design by Robert Neale. Diagrammed in “The Flapping Bird” (OUSA publication, 1976, pg B-2) by Samuel Randlett.

Two Owls:



7)  Jabba the Hut (Star Wars).  Design by Chris Alexander. Diagram (and special paper) in “Star Wars Origami” by Chris Alexander (2012, pg57)

Three Jabbas:



8)  Dice Box.  Design by Tomoko Fuse. Diagrammed in “Home Decorating With Origami” (isbn 4-88996-059-7, 2000, pg113).

The model is called “Dice Package” in the book. The box is made from a square. The “topper” or “stopper” is made from a smaller square, half the size of the one used to make the box:



9)  Spiral Shell.  I received this model as a gift, from one of the meeting attendees. She bought it at a gift shop. Looks to me like a Tomoko Fuse model. I don’t have any of Fuse’s spiral books, and couldn’t find a look-alike on the web.

Top view:



Side view:



.....Chila --------------------------------------------------------------
Chilagami - I think, therefore I fold; I fold, therefore I am
Folding for Fun in the Mojave Desert
Southern California, USA
chilagami@gmail.com
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Saturday, August 23, 2014

RUFF & HiDEF Meetings Report: August 2014

//////  Eight folders attended the August 2014 RUFF (Rosamond Upbeat Folding Fanatics) meeting in Rosamond. There was no HiDEF (High-Desert Enthusiastic Folders) meeting in Lancaster, in August.

Origamies we folded in August:

1)  Double-walled Box/Tray. Design by David Donahue. Video instruction by David at:



2)  Reverse Flower. Design by Vicente Dolz. Video instruction by Leyla Torres at:



3)  Flapping Bird. Design by Arthur C Smith. Diagram in “The Flapping Bird” (1976, pg 100), available from origamiusa.org.



Pictures and information about the models can be found on my blog titled Chila’s Origami Database ( at www.chilasorigamiDB.blogspot.com ). This blog consists of one blog post for each model in my database, telling what I know about it and showing photos of it. I also note where a diagram or video can be found, if I have such information. The Unique ID (UID) is a number I invented that uniquely identifies the model and gives some indication of the type of model, per my self-determined classification. As of the time of this report, I’m still working on getting the database and UIDs set up, so no UIDs yet, and no reports yet, either.

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Scheduled meetings coming up (current as of date of this Report):

        RUFF - Rosamond Library, 5-7pm
Tue, 02 Sep 2014
Tue, 07 Oct 2014
Tue, 04 Nov 2014
Tue, 02 Dec 2014

        HiDEF - Lancaster Library, 1-4pm
Sat, 06 Sep 2014
CANCELLED --> Sat, 04 Oct 2014 <-- CANCELLED
Sat, 01 Nov 2014
Sat, 06 Dec 2014

----- Whoever shows up for these meetings can sit down and fold with me or whoever else is there. I always bring plenty of paper and am always ready to teach various simple-to-intermediate origamies. Others can teach as well, or bring books or diagrams that we can explore together.
----- All are welcome, but preferably ages 8 and up. Persons younger than 8 years old usually (there are always exceptions, you be the judge) have a lot of trouble with origami and don’t enjoy the experience much. Persons under 10 should have an adult helper present to help with folding and provide behavioral guidance (I do not babysit!). Folders also need fairly good close-up vision (or glasses to get you there) and should be comfortable working with their hands.

...Chila --------------------------------------------------------------
Chilagami - I think, therefore I fold; I fold, therefore I am
Folding for Fun in the Mojave Desert
Southern California, USA
chilagami@gmail.com
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Sunday, July 27, 2014

RUFF & HiDEF Meetings Report: July 2014

//////  Four folders attended the July 2014 RUFF (Rosamond Upbeat Folding Fanatics) meeting in Rosamond. Three folders attended the July 2014 HiDEF (High-Desert Enthusiastic Folders) meeting in Lancaster.

Origamies we folded in July:

1)  Rocking Horse (UID: xxx). Model by Jose Tomas Buitrago.
2)  Anchisaurus (UID: xxx). Folded from “Origami Dinosaurs” by Yoshihide Momotani, 1993, pg 21.
3)  Ninja Star (UID: xxx). Folded from “Folded Fun: Beginner’s Origami” (boxed kit) by Yansuku Kaneshiro, pg 30. Taught by Kyla.
4)  Traditional Flapping Bird (UID: xxx).
5)  Squirrel (UID: xxx). From “Creative Origami” by Kunihiko Kasahara, 1967, pg 57.
Taught by Elff.
6)  Mouse (UID: xxx). From “The Complete Origami Course” by Paul Jackson, 1989, pg 60.
7)  Penguin (UID: xxx). Model by Lois Bas. From “El Libro de Las Pajaritas de Papel” by Grupo Riglos, 1988, pg 90
8)  Conspirador (UID: xxx). Model by Lois Bas & Gabriel Alvarez. From “El Libro de Las Pajaritas de Papel” by Grupo Riglos, 1988, pg 94.

Pictures and information about the models can be found on my blog titled Chila’s Origami Database ( at www.chilasorigamiDB.blogspot.com ). This blog consists of one blog post for each model in my database, telling what I know about it and showing photos of it. I also note where a diagram or video can be found, if I have such information. The Unique ID (UID) is a number I invented that uniquely identifies the model and gives some indication of the type of model, per my self-determined classification. As of the time of this report, I’m still working on getting the database and UIDs set up, so no UIDs yet.

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Scheduled meetings coming up (current as of date of this Report):

        RUFF - Rosamond Library, 5-7pm
Tue, 05 Aug 2014
Tue, 02 Sep 2014
Tue, 07 Oct 2014
Tue, 04 Nov 2014
Tue, 02 Dec 2014

        HiDEF - Lancaster Library, 1-4pm
CANCELLED, NO MEETING ON: Sat, 02 Aug 2014
Sat, 06 Sep 2014
Sat, 04 Oct 2014
Sat, 01 Nov 2014
Sat, 06 Dec 2014

----- Whoever shows up for these meetings can sit down and fold with me or whoever else is there. I always bring plenty of paper and am always ready to teach various simple-to-intermediate origamies. Others can teach as well, or bring books or diagrams that we can explore together.
----- All are welcome, but preferably ages 10 and up. Persons younger than 8 years old usually (there are always exceptions, you be the judge) have a lot of trouble with origami and don’t enjoy the experience much. Persons under 10 should have an adult helper present to help with folding and provide behavioral guidance (I do not babysit!). Folders also need fairly good close-up vision (or glasses to get you there) and should be comfortable working with their hands, often to a high degree of accuracy

...Chila --------------------------------------------------------------
Chilagami - I think, therefore I fold; I fold, therefore I am
Folding for Fun in the Mojave Desert
Southern California, USA
chilagami@gmail.com

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RUFF & HiDEF Meetings Report: June 2014

//////  Four folders attended the June 2014 RUFF (Rosamond Upbeat Folding Fanatics) meeting in Rosamond. Three folders attended the June 2014 HiDEF (High-Desert Enthusiastic Folders) meeting in Lancaster.

Origamies we folded in June:

1)  Hexa Lily (UID: xxx). Variation, by Philip Shen, of the Traditional Lily.
2)  Penta Lily (UID: xxx). Variation of Hexa Lily, made from a Pentagon rather than a Hexagon.
3)  Fortune Teller (UID: xxx). Traditional model. AKA Salt-cellar, Cootie-catcher, etal.
4)  Toothy Fish  (UID: xxx).   Model by Jeremy Shafer. Taught by Elff.
5)  Angel Fish 1 (UID: xxx). Model by John Montroll. Taught by Elff
6)  Angel Fish 2 (UID: xxx). Model by Peter Engel Taught by Elff
7)  Cardinal (UID: xxx). Model by Michael LaFosse.
8)  Wrap Star (UID: xxx). Learned from Hisako, at Garden Grove meeting in June.

Pictures and information about the models can be found on my blog titled Chila’s Origami Database ( at www.chilasorigamiDB.blogspot.com ). This blog consists of one blog post for each model in my database, telling what I know about it and showing photos of it. I also note where a diagram or video can be found, if I have such information. The Unique ID (UID) is a number I invented that uniquely identifies the model and gives some indication of the type of model, per my self-determined classification. As of the time of this report, I’m still working on getting the database and UIDs set up, so no UIDs yet.

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Scheduled meetings coming up (current as of date of this Report):

        RUFF - Rosamond Library, 5-7pm
Tue, 05 Aug 2014
Tue, 02 Sep 2014
Tue, 07 Oct 2014
Tue, 04 Nov 2014
Tue, 02 Dec 2014

        HiDEF - Lancaster Library, 1-4pm
CANCELLED, NO MEETING ON: Sat, 02 Aug 2014
Sat, 06 Sep 2014
Sat, 04 Oct 2014
Sat, 01 Nov 2014
Sat, 06 Dec 2014

----- Whoever shows up for these meetings can sit down and fold with me or whoever else is there. I always bring plenty of paper and am always ready to teach various simple-to-intermediate origamies. Others can teach as well, or bring books or diagrams that we can explore together.
----- All are welcome, but preferably ages 10 and up. Persons younger than 8 years old usually (there are always exceptions, you be the judge) have a lot of trouble with origami and don’t enjoy the experience much. Persons under 10 should have an adult helper present to help with folding and provide behavioral guidance (I do not babysit!). Folders also need fairly good close-up vision (or glasses to get you there) and should be comfortable working with their hands, often to a high degree of accuracy

...Chila --------------------------------------------------------------
Chilagami - I think, therefore I fold; I fold, therefore I am
Folding for Fun in the Mojave Desert
Southern California, USA
chilagami@gmail.com
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Sunday, May 25, 2014

RUFF & HiDEF Meetings Report: May 2014

//////  Four folders attended the May 2014 RUFF (Rosamond Upbeat Folding Fanatics) meeting. Three folders attended the May 2014 HiDEF (High-Desert Enthusiastic Folders) meeting.


Origamies we folded in May: (1) ACS Flapping Bird  (2) Masu Box & Lid  (3) NCC Gaillardia  (4) One-Piece Closed Gift Box  (5) Two-Piece Puppy  (6) Two-Piece Cat  (7) Two-Piece Panda  (8) Traditional Quad Lily.

1.  ACS Flapping Bird.  Design by Arthur C Smith. Diagrammed in “The Flapping Bird” (1976, pg 100), a compilation of the newsletters of the same title, from 1968 to 1976, edited by Samuel Randlett. The compilation booklet is available from OrigamiUSA.

This flapper is prettier than Randlett’s New Flapping Bird, and a bit easier to make. It flaps just as well.



 2.  Masu Box & Lid.  Design is Traditional. Diagrams can be found in many books and on-line. We made boxes and lids. There are various ways to make the lid just a bit larger than the box, so it fits over the box. We made the lid larger by making the Blintz Folds pulled away from the center about 1/8” and the Roll-over Fold, same. A nice, easy box that can be used for so many purposes. Make it from scrapbook paper and it will be very sturdy.



 3.  Non-Color-Change Gaillardia.  This model has been discussed in the Feb 2014 and Mar 2014 Reports. At this meeting, we made them from the Kaleidoscope paper that I bought from OrigamiUSA.



 4.  One-Piece Closed Gift Box.  Design was independently arrived at by at least three people, that I know of. According to Arnold Tubis’ white paper “N-Sided Closed Masus”, published in the OrigamiUSA on-line magazine “The Fold”, July-August 2013:

“A particular method of folding a closed 4-sided masu from a single square was independently discovered by Tomoko Fuse in 1995 (Fuse, 1995), Robin Glynn in 1999, and me in 1999 (Tubis and Brown, 2001; Tubis and Mills, 2006; and Mills and Tubis, 2007), and probably by many other folders whose work may not be documented. In fact, this closed masu model might well be a traditional one. This situation is very common in the case of origami constructions with simple geometric attributes.”

At any rate, it’s a really cool origami to know when you need a closed box for something fairly light-weight. When made from scrapbook paper, it’s quite sturdy and very pretty. I call it a Low Intermediate model only because forming the flaps is a bit challenging the first time, especially for non-experts. The model can be folded so that it closes clockwise or counterclockwise.



 5.  Two-Piece Puppy.  I don’t remember where I first learned this cute model, but a very similar design is diagrammed in “Origami Treasure Chest” (1991, pg 4) by Keiji Kitamura. A nice model for children. It’s easy to make, very forgiving of inaccuracies, and is cute with a face drawn on it. The head can be tilted different ways before taping (on the back) to the body, to give the model different “personalities”. The tail doesn’t have to be reversed; it can just be folded to the back.



 6.  Two-Piece Cat.  This model was discussed in the April 2014 Report. Here are the kitties we made in May:



 7.  Two-Piece Panda.  Design assumed to be by Keiji Kitamura. Diagrammed in “Origami Treasure Chest” (1991, pg 8) by Keiji Kitamura. This Panda is very cute and can be made in two configurations, standing on all fours, or standing up on the back feet. I call it an Intermediate model, as it requires some fairly accurate maneuvers and attention to detail to get the head to come out right. It also requires a kind of a Rabbit Ear collapse after making the precreases on the back side. But is it cute, or what? Look at these little panda babies:



 8.  Quad Lily, Traditional.  The Traditional four-petal Lily. Diagrammed in many books and on-line. It’s an Intermediate model, requiring Squashes, Petal Folds, and shaping. We made ours from letter paper cut into 8.5” squares, and also from 8” scrapbook paper, and 6” origami paper. The one with the dramatic red-to-gold shading is made from 6” Harmony paper.





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All Photos by Chila Caldera, unless noted otherwise. If you use them, give full credit, for the origami design and the photo. If you use any Diagrams on this page, or pointed to, give full credit to the extent known, for both the design and the diagram; you may share, but not sell, the diagram.
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Scheduled meetings coming up (current as of date of this Report):

        RUFF - Rosamond Library, 5-7pm
Tue, 03 Jun 2014
Tue, 01 Jul 2014
Tue, 05 Aug 2014
Tue, 02 Sep 2014
Tue, 07 Oct 2014
Tue, 04 Nov 2014
Tue, 02 Dec 2014

        HiDEF - Lancaster Library, 1-4pm
Sat, 07 Jun 2014
Sat, 05 Jul 2014
Sat, 02 Aug 2014
Sat, 06 Sep 2014
Sat, 04 Oct 2014
Sat, 01 Nov 2014
Sat, 06 Dec 2014

----- Whoever shows up for these meetings can sit down and fold with me or whoever else is there. I always bring plenty of paper and am always ready to teach various simple-to-intermediate origamies. Others can teach as well, or bring books or diagrams that we can explore together.

...Chila --------------------------------------------------------------
Chilagami - I think, therefore I fold; I fold, therefore I am
Folding for Fun in the Mojave Desert
Southern California, USA
chilagami@gmail.com
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RUFF & HiDEF Meetings Report: April 2014

//////  Seven folders attended the April 2014 RUFF (Rosamond Upbeat Folding Fanatics) meeting. One folder attended the April 2014 HiDEF (High-Desert Enthusiastic Folders) meeting.

Origamies we folded in April: (1) Dollar Pyramid & Half-Square Pyramid  (2) Sonobe Cube & Jewel  (3) Hummingbird  (4) Sparrow  (5) Two-Piece Cat  (6) F-14 on Stand  (7) Pointy-Face Cube  (8) Samurai Helmet  (9) Cardinal  (10) Scolli Pig  (11) Wen Dragon.

1.  Dollar Pyramid.  Design by Jeremy Shafer of the Origami Swiss Army Knife fame, and many other amazing and fun models. If you want something a little bit different, buy one of his books. The Easy Dollar Pyramid is taught, by Jeremy, on his video at:


The model is Simple and can also be folded from a half of a square (ie, a 1x2 rectangle). First fold the rectangle in half, short edges meeting at bottom. Then Inside-Reverse the top folded corners (like a Butterfly Base or a Bow Tie Base). Turn the pages so the blank faces are front and back. Form the pyramid as shown in the video (it gets hard to describe in words after this). A cool model to fold in seconds at the table in a restaurant. It would also be fun to design a paper to cut out, after printing from the computer, with images that show on the four faces of the finished model.

Here it is, folded from dollars:



And the Half-Square version, folded from Kami:



2.  Sonobe Cube & Jewel.  These two models were discussed in the March 2014 Report.

Here are the Cubes we made in April:



Jewels we made in April: 



Two more Jewels, one made with a variation of the Sonobe Module that shows the back-side of the paper (aka Color Change):



3.  Hummingbird.  Designed by David Donahue (aka David Wires), who lives in Riverside CA. He has an approved video (by “Heather”) at:


The model is made from a diagonal half-square (right-triangle shape). Nice made with duo paper with a pretty pattern on one side (the model shows both sides) or one-color duo paper (same color on both sides). The folding is easy, though some care is required to avoid a crease on the head, at least on one side. This is the only hummer I know of that really suggests “hummingbird” and is also quite easy to fold.

The green one has its wings folded differently than the other two:



4.  Sparrow.  Design by Gloria Farison. Diagrammed in “Origami” (2001, pg 69) by Gay Merrill Gross. The model can also be transformed, by rotating it, into a Vulture (sort of). The model is Intermediate, requiring a Petal Fold, a Rabbit Ear, Reverses, a Squash, and a Pleat. It makes a nice little “friend” to have perched on top of your computer monitor. Make it from duo paper as both sides of the paper show in the completed model.

This one’s made from an origami Page-a-Day calendar sheet:



5.  Two-Piece Cat.  Design is Traditional; many variations can be invented. A nice video demonstration can be found at Leyla Torres’ wonderful site, OrigamiSpirit.com:


This one is different from the ones in Keiji Kitamura’s “Origami Treasure Chest”.

These are the cutest little cats and so easy to make. I’m planning to teach them at the Exotic Feline Breeding Compound’s Kids Day Event, in October, here in Rosamond, CA. Use 3” paper so they are not so big that they won’t stand up. Instead of using tape to connect the head to the body, as is usually done with models of this type, this one uses the point at the top of the head as a pocket for the top of the neck, and then folds the point over, locking head and body securely together.

Three little kitties:



6.  F-14 on Stand.  This model is discussed in the March 2014 Report. This new photo shows it mounted on the stand designed by John V Andrisan, and folded (rather poorly) by Chila:



The underside view:



7.  Pointy-Face Cube.  While playing with Sonobe modules, on 05apr2014, I came up with this variation, actually made from the module that starts from two Diagonal Folds, then two opposite Blintzes, which is actually starting out just like Meenakshi Mukerji’s Pinwheel Cube, which she taught me, I think, in 2005, at PCOC in Phoenix. But I didn’t fold the last triangles down on the front, instead using them to make a small rabbit ear on each side, then laying them down, one going right, the other going left, and they end up sticking out in the finished cube and I then fold them so they stand up to make the “points”, two on each of the six faces. Here’s a photo of one made with six 3” squares, each a different color:



8.  Samurai Helmet.  This model is discussed in the March 2014 Report. The one on the left is made from two squares, back to back, one is kami and one is plain foil.



9.  Cardinal.  Design by Michael LaFosse. Diagrammed in “Origami Animals” (2004, pg62), a booklet that comes in a box, with paper. An Intermediate model, it requires Reverse Folds, and a Pleat Fold that takes a few tries to get right. You also have to pull the head up into position, an unusual, but not really difficult maneuver. Made from red-black duo paper, it’s a charming model that always draws admiration. Depending on how you fold up the bottom point, you may be able to get it to take three positions: eating (tilted forward), standing (flat on a horizontal surface), or perching (sitting up, tilted back, such that it can “perch” on a ledge).

My photo shows two Cardinals, a black-and-white one “standing” on the table-top and a red-and-white one “perching” on a Sonobe Cube.



10.  Scolli Pig.  Design by Sok Song. Diagrammed in Creased Magazine, Issue #3. I learned it in the class that Mr Song taught at PCOC, I think in 2009, in San Francisco. A really cute pig and it has the maximum of “pigness” to it, too. Not hard to fold, except for the pleated snout, that takes some practice. I still like Paul Jackson’s Pig, too, but I find this one easier to remember.

Two views of Scolli, made from the coated 6” paper from Michael’s:




11.  Wen Dragon.  Another design by Sok Song. The only diagram I know of is the one sent out in the “Sorry Kit” for OUSA-Con a few years ago (2010 or 2011), along with some others. It was a really nice addition to the package. I love this model. It’s not hard to make. Does require a simple sink. Maybe Low Intermediate? Very nice made from foil, especially duo foil/paper. Awhile back, I was looking for black/gold foil/paper duo in 8” or larger; couldn’t find any. This one’s made from the 6” patterned, coated paper that I got from Michael’s.

I didn’t get one shot that shows it off nicely, so here’s three:





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All Photos by Chila Caldera, unless noted otherwise. If you use them, give full credit, for the origami design and the photo. If you use any Diagrams on this page, or pointed to, give full credit to the extent known, for both the design and the diagram; you may share, but not sell, the diagram.
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Scheduled meetings coming up (current as of date of this Report):

        RUFF - Rosamond Library, 5-7pm
Tue, 03 Jun 2014
Tue, 01 Jul 2014
Tue, 05 Aug 2014
Tue, 02 Sep 2014
Tue, 07 Oct 2014
Tue, 04 Nov 2014
Tue, 02 Dec 2014

        HiDEF - Lancaster Library, 1-4pm
Sat, 07 Jun 2014
Sat, 05 Jul 2014
Sat, 02 Aug 2014
Sat, 06 Sep 2014
Sat, 04 Oct 2014
Sat, 01 Nov 2014
Sat, 06 Dec 2014

----- Whoever shows up for these meetings can sit down and fold with me or whoever else is there. I always bring plenty of paper and am always ready to teach various simple-to-intermediate origamies. Others can teach as well, or bring books or diagrams that we can explore together.
...Chila --------------------------------------------------------------
Chilagami - I think, therefore I fold; I fold, therefore I am
Folding for Fun in the Mojave Desert
Southern California, USA
chilagami@gmail.com
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