Monday, April 20, 2015

RUFF & HiDEF Meetings Report: April 2015

//////  There was no April 2015 RUFF (Rosamond Upbeat Folding Fanatics) meeting. One folder attended the April 2015 HiDEF (High-Desert Enthusiastic Folders) meeting in Lancaster.

Origamies we folded in April:  (1) Pencil Box Duo;  (2) Business Card Star;  (3) Kimono Letterfold;  (4) Twist-Top Gift Box;  (5) F-14 Tomcat.


1) Pencil Box Duo.  Design by Marc Vigo Anglada. No diagram known, but I found a video and template (for 8.5x11 and A4), at:


A really nice pencil box. Make it from a 12” square of scrapbook paper and it will be plenty sturdy for pencils and pens that aren’t unusually long or top-heavy. An intermediate model, but once you get how to do the collapse, it just takes 5-10 minutes to make it.

This one made from 12” scrapbook paper:



2) Business Card Star.  Design by John V Andrisan. Diagram in my personal collection, by Chila Caldera. The diagram is rough and needs some fixing. This model, made from six business cards, is probably intermediate. Mainly because it’s hard to fold the stiff cards very exactly and achieving a star that assembles neatly takes care and patience.

These two I made at the library. The one on the right I made with blank patterned business cards and had a lot of trouble doing the folding neatly. The one on the left I made from paper rectangles that I made by cutting up a sheet of 8.5x11. The paper was easier to work with and the star came out nicer. Practice helps, too. I like to say: “Practice make perfect, or at least better.”



3) Kimono Letterfold.  In 2005, I designed this letterfold, made from an 8.5x11 sheet of letter paper. I also diagrammed it. I have submitted the diagram for inclusion in the Pacific Coast Origami Conference Book for Oct 2015. If it doesn’t get included there, I will put it on my Shared GoogleDrive, after Oct 2015.

Like all letterfolds, you can write on the inside of the paper and then fold it into the origami. Or you can use it as an envelope and insert a small, flat item (note, money, card) inside the central space. I’ve also experimented a bit with pulling the last layer back out and up, and using those flaps to fold other decorative things; cranes, for example.

This one’s made from an 8.5x11 scrapbook paper.



4) Twist-Top Gift Box (aka Flower Box).  Design by Clemente Giusto. Diagram available on-line by Jason Neal:


The folding of this lovely model is easy, but the collapse takes some practice, and usually requires the use of a long slender or flat tool (a chopstick works well) to make the box take the proper shape. If you have or can find a small block or box of the right dimensions, you can put it inside the box area before doing the collapse, then take it out when done. Once the collapse has been accomplished and the edges sharpened, it opens and closes quite easily. Use Duo paper, as a Color Change shows up on top. Duo Scrapbook paper is nice, 8” or 12”.

This one I made at the library is made from a 6” square of patterned Kami. The top of it is begging to be decorated!



Here I show the top pulled apart, so you can get an idea how it “swirls” or twists to close.



5) F-14 Tomcat.  Design by Michael LaFosse. Diagrammed in “Origami Art” (2008, isbn: 978-4-8053-0998-8, pg 125) by Michael G LaFosse and Richard L Alexander.

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).

This one’s made from a black/blue/white snake pattern paper from the Barnes & Noble Animal Prints pack.



Another view.



And the underside. I really like this view of the model. I used to work on airplanes, when I was in the Air Force, and the underside of this model is reminiscent of all the panels and surfaces of a real fighter jet.



Projected RUFF & HiDEF meeting dates (current as of date of this Report):

     May 2015
Sat, 02 May - HiDEF - Lancaster Library, 1-4pm
Tue, 05 May - RUFF - Rosamond Library, 5-7pm

     June 2015
Tue, 02 Jun - RUFF - Rosamond Library, 5-7pm
Sat, 06 Jun - HiDEF - Lancaster Library, 1-4pm
     July 2015
Sat, 04 Jul - HiDEF - Lancaster Library, 1-4pm
Tue, 07 Jul - RUFF - Rosamond Library, 5-7pm
     August 2015
Sat, 01 Aug - HiDEF - Lancaster Library, 1-4pm
Tue, 04 Aug - RUFF - Rosamond Library, 5-7pm
     September 2015
Tue, 01 Sep - RUFF - Rosamond Library, 5-7pm
Sat, 05 Sep - HiDEF - Lancaster Library, 1-4pm
     October 2015
Sat, 03 Oct - HiDEF - Lancaster Library, 1-4pm
Tue, 06 Oct - RUFF - Rosamond Library, 5-7pm
     November 2015
Tue, 03 Nov - RUFF - Rosamond Library, 5-7pm
Sat, 07 Nov - HiDEF - Lancaster Library, 1-4pm
     December 2015
Tue, 01 Dec - RUFF - Rosamond Library, 5-7pm
Sat, 05 Dec - HiDEF - Lancaster Library, 1-4pm


----- 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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Sunday, April 19, 2015

RUFF & HiDEF Meetings Report: March 2015

//////  Seven folders attended the March 2015 RUFF (Rosamond Upbeat Folding Fanatics) meeting in Rosamond. Two folders attended the March 2015 HiDEF (High-Desert Enthusiastic Folders) meeting in Lancaster.

Origamies we folded in March:  (1) Simple Picture Frame;  (2) Heart Letterfold;  (3) Tri-fold Envelope;  (4)  Airplanes;  (5) Dahlia;  (6) Heart-in-Hexagon;  (7) Mascot Monkey;  (8) Simple Conch;  (9) Fairy Penguin;  (10) Twist Fish;  (11) Fuse Conch.


1) Simple Picture Frame.  Design is by Michila (Chila) Caldera, 2005. Diagrammed by Chila. Made from a square. It really is a simple fold:

I’ve posted my diagram on my GoogleDocs Share Folder (anyone with the link can view and download):


Affix the photo to the center of the opened-up model, then fold the sides back up, using a bit of glue if you want it to lie flat.



2) Heart Letterfold.  Design by Unknown. Video on-line at: Unknown. I learned this a few months ago, from a video, and now I can’t find any trace of it. Intermediate model. Requires care to make nicely/neatly. Made from a square. You make two Triangle Folds (crease & unfold). Then two opposite Blintzes, then Overblintzes, in turn. After that it gets hard to explain in words.



3) Tri-Fold Envelope.  Design by Unknown. Diagram in various places, but I can’t locate even one right now. This simple envelope or letterfold can hold a folded letter or a card, or you can simply write on the white side of the paper before you fold the envelope, making it a letterfold. You can seal it with a sticker. The photos indicate how it’s made.

Here are the ones we made at the meeting:



And the next two photos indicate how the model is made This one shows the flap opened up:



Here the sides have been pulled apart and you can see how it started, with a Triangle Fold. The sides are created by folding the bottom edge into thirds.



4) Airplanes.  We folded two simple Airplanes. They are made in a similar but not identical way. The smaller one can be made from a square or a magazine page or letter paper. The larger one is best made from 8.5x11 letter paper.

This smaller one was taught by AnnaP. I don’t remember exactly how it was done, but it started out similar to the larger one.



This larger one (photo below) I have seen people fold many times, in different places. It seems to be a “traditional” model in that many people know it, but no one claims to have invented it, that I know of anyway. I’ve never seen a published or on-line diagram for it, but I made a rough sketch that is lying about somewhere in my workroom. It’s simple.

Using letter paper, fold lengthwise, then make an airplane fold. On the “flap” side, fold the entire airplane-folded area down, keeping the point on the centerline and making the crease about 1/4 to 1/2 inch below the bottom of the airplane-folded area. Fold the top “corners” to the middle, angled so only the points touch in the middle. Fold the small triangle at the bottom, up and over the points that meet in the middle, 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, nose up, straight up into the air. The curled horizontal stabs also make the model fly in a stall-fly-stall mode when tossed horizontally away from you.



5) Dahlia.  Design by Hajime Komiya. Diagram by Hajime Komiya (unpublished). It’s made from a four-sided collapse base, then you form and shape the petals. It’s not hard to make and can be done in less than 10 minutes, but the collapse takes some practice. With an added brad in the center and a pin-back on the back, it makes a pretty brooch. This model has been folded at my meetings, several times.

Here’s the three we made at the meeting. You can shape the petals as you like. The one at the top is shaped more like a rosette, the other two more like the dahlia.



6) Heart-in-Hexagon.  Design by Peter Keller. Diagram by Peter Keller. You can find him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/valleyfolder. He might charge you for the diagram and you’ll probably have to dig around to even find it; I’m not sure how to find it myself, at the moment.

It takes some work and close attention to the diagram to do nicely, but once you “get it”, it’s not hard to do. Best made from duo foil-paper as the finished model shows a Color Change and has several layers, making it wont to pop open.

Here are the models we folded at the meeting. The one on the right was made with foil-paper and you can see that it is better at lying flat.



7) Mascot Monkey.  Design by Tomoko Fuse. Diagram can be found in “Simple Traditional Origami” by Tomoko Fuse (1998, isbn 4-88996-041-4, pg50). A cute, fun model that can be hung from a hook or ledge by its little hands. You can arrange the arms and hands in different configurations. An intermediate model, it starts with a Bird Base, i.e. make a Square Base, then do the Petal Folds front & back.

These monkeys are made from the animal-prints paper that I got from Barnes & Noble last year.



8) Simple Conch.  Design by Jun Maekawa. Diagrammed in “Genuine Origami (2007, isbn 978-4-88996-251-2, pg21).  Elff taught me this model, at HiDEF. A nice model to decorate a card or hang on the wall. It also teaches some geometric principles.

This one’s made from Harmony Paper; nice color gradations.



9) Fairy Penguin.  Design by Shoko Aoyagi. Diagram was on-line but not there in Apr 2015:


This cute model is made from a square plus a much smaller oblong for the beak. If you have googly-eyes, use them, they are perfect for this model. Or you can make your own with a hole-punch.

Two “blind” penguins:



10) Twist Fish.  Design by John Cunliffe. Diagram in “Minigami” by Gay Merrill Gross (2005, isbn 1-55407-091-0, pg62). Simple. A fun model for kids. You can reverse the folds in an early step to have the back-color show on the face; top, bottom, or both. Nice made from a watercolor-pattern paper. These are also fun to decorate; make a school of them!

The one on the left had one of the early folds reversed, so the back-color (in this case, white) shows on half the face.



Projected RUFF & HiDEF meeting dates (current as of date of this Report):

     May 2015
Sat, 02 May - HiDEF - Lancaster Library, 1-4pm
Tue, 05 May - RUFF - Rosamond Library, 5-7pm

     June 2015
Tue, 02 Jun - RUFF - Rosamond Library, 5-7pm
Sat, 06 Jun - HiDEF - Lancaster Library, 1-4pm
     July 2015
Sat, 04 Jul - HiDEF - Lancaster Library, 1-4pm
Tue, 07 Jul - RUFF - Rosamond Library, 5-7pm
     August 2015
Sat, 01 Aug - HiDEF - Lancaster Library, 1-4pm
Tue, 04 Aug - RUFF - Rosamond Library, 5-7pm
     September 2015
Tue, 01 Sep - RUFF - Rosamond Library, 5-7pm
Sat, 05 Sep - HiDEF - Lancaster Library, 1-4pm
     October 2015
Sat, 03 Oct - HiDEF - Lancaster Library, 1-4pm
Tue, 06 Oct - RUFF - Rosamond Library, 5-7pm
     November 2015
Tue, 03 Nov - RUFF - Rosamond Library, 5-7pm
Sat, 07 Nov - HiDEF - Lancaster Library, 1-4pm
     December 2015
Tue, 01 Dec - RUFF - Rosamond Library, 5-7pm
Sat, 05 Dec - HiDEF - Lancaster Library, 1-4pm


----- 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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