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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