Sunday, May 25, 2014

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,

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:

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.
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

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