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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