Thursday, January 1, 2015

RUFF & HiDEF Meetings Report: December 2014

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

Origamies we folded in December: (1) Kiri-Origami Gift Bow;  (2) Pop Star;  (3) Saar Star;  (4) Fuse Santa;  (5) Santa Claus Gift Box;  (6) Yoshizawa Simple Butterfly.

1) Kiri-Origami Gift Bow.  Design by unknown. This cute bow requires a bit of cutting and a simple sink, but can be made in 5-10 minutes and makes a nice wall or card decoration, or gift bow. Make them small for ultimate cute-ness! See Step Photos at:

We made them from the 6” papers that Barnes & Noble was selling in a 400-sheet book this year, for $8.

Here are more Gift Bows. The pink one is made from glossy origami paper. The red-&-green one has the points folded to the back for a different look.

2) Pop Star.  Design by Traditional. Use Duo paper or two papers back-to-back. Do a Full Blintz, then make a Square Base with flaps on the inside. Make a Bird Base from the Square Base, then “Stretch” the Base to make the model “pop” open. Diagram in “The Magic of Origami” by Alice Gray & Kunihiko Kasahara (isbn 0-87040-634-8, 1977, pg87).

Two Pop Stars, made from the Barnes & Noble Xmas Paper Pack.

Four more. The two at the top used two sheets of paper, placed back-to-back. The two at the bottom used one sheet, showing the white side on the inside.

These three were each made from one square of red-green duo paper.

1) Saar Star.  Design by Endla Saar. Diagram in “The Flapping Bird” by Samuel Randlett (self-published collection of newsletters, 1976, available through OrigamiUSA, pg97) Start with a Bird Base, all points in the up-raised position. Fold them down, but not all the way, leaving a “shoulder” at the top. Fold the corners of the shoulders (two on each of the four sides, eight corners in all) to the back (simple reverse to back). Open the long points out to form the star.

Again, we used the B&N Xmas Paper Pack.

Here’s the back of the model. Not too bad-looking. This model is especially nice made from foil.

And some Saar Stars from the meeting attendees.

1) Simple Santa.  Design is by Tomoko Fuse. Diagram in “Simple Traditional Origami” by Tomoko Fuse (I can’t find my copy right now). Starts with an Airplane Fold. Fold red tip to white tip. Turn over. Fold white tip to the front. Fold sides to back.

Here’s the model as shown in the book.

Here it is with the tip of the hat and the lower corners folded to the back.

Here’s one with a face.

1) Santa Claus Gift Box.  Design by Francesco Mancini. Diagram by F. Mancini and Francesco Decio found on-line. Says “variation of Carmen Sprung’s Hildegard-Schachtel”. Made from two squares, preferably red/white paper. The two folded pieces fit together to make the box. You can squeeze the back of the box to open it and put something inside.

Here’s a quartet of them.

1) Simple Butterfly.  Design by Akira Yoshizawa. I’ve never seen a diagram, but a photo of the model appears, in a photo of a group of Yoshizawa butterflies, in “Make It With Paper” by Paul Jackson and Vivien Frank (isbn 1-55521-803-2, 1992, pg131). Starts with an offset Triangle Fold. This model is best made from same-color Duo paper, and use small paper, 2” or smaller. Doesn’t have to be perfectly square, so tear out a square from any convenient folding material. Nice made from colored tissue wrapping paper; they will look very pretty in a window.

Here are the ones we made at the meeting.

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

        RUFF - Rosamond Library, 5-7pm
Tue, 06 Jan 2015
Tue, 03 Feb 2015
Tue, 03 Mar 2015
Tue, 07 Apr 2015

        HiDEF - Lancaster Library, 1-4pm
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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