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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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

RUFF & HiDEF Meetings Report: March 2014

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

Origamies we folded in March: (1) Sonobe Cube & Jewel  (2) Three-Piece Spinner  (3) Square Spinner (4) Flower Tato  (5) Umulius Rectangulum  (6) Samurai Helmet  (7) Petal Cube  (8) F-14 Tomcat  (9) Gaillardia revisited.

1.  Sonobe Cube & Jewel.  Design by Mistunobu Sonobe. Diagram can be found in various books and on-line sites. Two books are “Beginner's Book of Modular Origami Polyhedra - The Platonic Solids” (2008, pg17) by Rona Gurkewitz and Bennett Arnstein, and “Modular Origami Polyhedra” (MOP) by Simon, Arnstein, & Gurkewitz (1999, pg12).

MOP shows the Basic Cube and the model often called Toshie’s Jewel, supposedly named for, or designed by, Toshie Takahama, although I’ve seen some comments that this is not true (I don’t have a specific reference for this assertion). In MOP, on page 12, it is called “Toshie Takahama’s Jewel”. The Cube is made from 6 uncreased (ie, flat squares with flaps) Sonobe Modules. The Jewel is made from three “back-creased” Sonobe Modules (ie, creased in the opposite direction from that used to make the Dodecahedron and Icosahedron); then you wrap the three modules around each other to form the jewel-like shape.

The basic Sonobe Module is simple and quick to make. Many variations have been designed by other people. Eight variations are shown in MOP, and there are many others.

Sonobe Cube shown on the left, the Jewel on the right:



2.  Three-Piece Spinner.  Diagram in “Origami for Children” (2009, pg22), by Mari & Roshin Ono; a note in my book says the model “is attributed to Aso Reiko ca 2012”, but no source for the attribution.

The Bottom Piece is made from what I call the traditional Coaster Base. Many flower models and other decorative models are made from this base, which is the Windmill Base with all four “flaps” Petal-folded. The Middle Piece is two Book Folds, then a Full Blintz, turn over, 2nd Full Blintz, turn over, 3rd Full Blintz; tuck into Bottom Piece. The Top Piece is two Book Folds, then a Full Blintz, then a 2nd Full Blintz, then a 3rd Full Blintz (no turning over); form a Triangle Base (flaps inside) and tuck the points into the Middle piece. Spin. I first learned this model from Bennett Arnstein, probably in ca 2004.

Here are two Spinners, showing the top:



And showing the bottom:



And here’s one doing its spinning thing:



3.  Square Spinner.  Design by Yami Yamauchi. Diagrammed in “Origami Square Spinners”, a PDF booklet by Bennett Arnstein (2008), available as a download from OrigamiUSA. The book includes patterned pages that can be printed and folded to make spinners that make your eyes go round. You can also draw or paint on your finished model. The model is made from a non-square rectangle (8.5x11 works just fine). A fun, simple model to teach and fold at parties or other gatherings of people wanting to have fun.

Here’s what the top looks like (hand-drawn design):



Here’s the bottom, or back-side:



Here’s another one, made from some scrap paper, with a hand-drawn design:



Finally, one in action:



4.  Flower Tato.  Design is by Loes Schakel (Netherlands). Diagrammed by Kees Schakel and available as a download from OrigamiUSA. There is one error in the diagram, as of 2013: at step 6, the dashed line at the top of the drawing is drawn in the wrong position; it should be vertical rather than horizontal.

The folds are somewhat challenging to understand, but once you have it, they are not hard to do and the finished model, which can be opened and used as a small envelope, is very pretty, especially when made with Duo Paper (different color on each side of the paper).

The front side is the tato, or envelope, that can be opened “with a twist” and a small, flat item tucked inside. The back side can serve as a picture frame, if a photo is tucked under the corners.

Here is one made from the cool black-and-white paper I bought at Michael’s Crafts. This is showing the envelope side:



Here is the back side, showing were you could insert a photo:



And one made from red-green duo paper:



Back of red-green model:



5.  Umulius Rectangulum (Impossible Rectangle). 
Design by Thoki Yenn. Diagram by Dan Kalmon at:


This site is the re-hosted Thoki Yenn site (Mr Yenn is deceased). Andrew Hans (via OUSA/PCOC 2013 model bibliography) also cites a diagram in “World's Best Origami” by Nick Robinson.

I found two videos for this model, one done with paper, by Sara Adams, and one done with dollar bills by someone called Thebigbluevan. The one done with paper is the original (per the “thok” website) while the one done with dollars was adapted/designed by Andrew Hans. Andrew is also the person who taught the model at PCOC 2013. The original used a unit of half an A4 sheet split the long way. See the “thok” site for more information.

The video sites are (first one is done with $$ bills, other is done with paper):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4O8H8r9U6w
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdOpxqMxQ3A

The “erikdemaine.org” site (the “thok” site) noted above also has a link to another variation by Jim Cowling, using just 3 pieces of long-ish paper, one piece for each rectangle instead of two. The website says the name Umulius Rectangulum is Danish, “umulius” being the term for an impossibility or an “impossible” person.

I dub it a High Intermediate model. The folds and the assembly are both challenging, requiring good accuracy, nimble fingers, and patience.

A friend who attended this meeting, walked me through the folding and assembly. The photo is of the one I made and it shows its “good side”. It didn’t all fit together nicely on the back side. The way the corners collapse into place, if the pre-folds are done well, is pretty cool; they snap into place with just a nudge.

Photo of Umulius Rectangulum, folded by Chila:



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


Starts out like a Paul Jackson Mouse, but color-out. This is a Simple, Traditional model that makes a nice decoration or can even be worn, if made from large paper (18-24” square).

In the photo, the one at the top is the traditional configuration. The other three were folded slightly differently, just for fun.



7.  Petal Cube.  Design by Unknown. No diagram known. I learned the Petal Cube from someone at a WCOG meeting, in ~2008. It’s made from a base that is a minor variation on the Four Sink Base diagrammed in Meenakshi Mukerji’s “Wondrous One Sheet Origami” (2013, pg 21). You use the triangular “flaps” on opposite sides of the resulting square to insert into opposite “pockets” on adjacent modules, creating a 6-piece cube of the back-color, with petals of the front-color at each corner (or the reverse, depending on which side you start with).

I have never seen the exact same model that I call “Petal Cube” pictured anywhere nor an exact diagram published or posted, so don’t know who might have designed it.

The modules are Low Intermediate, but quick to make, and the cube is easy to assemble. There is no lock, so if you want it to be tightly-assembled, you’ll have to use a bit of glue, but as long as you don’t toss it around too much, it stays together pretty well.

Hang it with a thread, and a bauble hanging from the bottom, and it makes a beautiful kusudama-like decoration.

This one is made from pretty duo-paper, plain color on one side of the paper, print on the other side. I used two different papers, one green and one pink, for variety. Here is the pink side:



And the green side:



And this shot shows both sides, where they come together:



8.  F-14 Tomcat.  Design by Michael LaFosse. Diagrammed in “Origami Art” (2008, pg 125) by Michael G LaFosse and Richard L Alexander. The model is also published in at least one other book by LaFosse, plus I have his original “F-14 Tomcat” (or “Aerogami”) pamphlet printed in 1984.

The LaFosse F-14 (a U.S. Navy fighter jet) is one of my all-time favorites. It’s not that hard to fold, but does require a high degree of accuracy to fold nicely. I also think it’s one of those models that is just “fun to fold”, and has a lot of “wow” power (it never fails to impress).

The stand I sometimes make for it was designed by John V Andrisan (who originally taught me the F-14). He bought a copy of Michael’s pamphlet in the 80’s, from a Popular Science magazine. I got my copy (almost the last one; when I later looked for another, they were all gone) in 2005, when I visited “Origamido”, the storefront and studio of Michael LaFosse and Richard Alexander in Haverhill, MA.

The model is especially nice made from black, gray, or white same-color duo paper (same color on both sides).

This one is made from the black-and-white patterened paper mentioned above:



Here’s the underside, which I think is just as cool-looking as the top-side:



9.  Gaillardia, revisited.  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 Non-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 can be found on happyfolding.com, by Sara Adams.

First photo is the original Gaillardia (showing both sides of the paper), made from gold foil, white paper on the back. The gold shows up on the petals and the white back-color shows up in the center:



This photo shows the back of the gold-foil Gaillardia. It does look messy, but only because I did a poor job with some of the pre-folds:



Last photo shows an NCC Gaillardia, made from some gorgeous paper I bought recently from OrigamiUSA. It has lots of color and pattern (it’s called “kaleidoscope”) and the center seems made for a model like this, which highlights the center of the paper. Only the front-side of the paper shows in this version of the model. The model makes a lovely pin or brooch:



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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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