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:


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:


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.

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!!!)
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
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

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