Snowflake

I recently stumbled upon this doodle and decided to refold it to a presentable standard. The original one has an extra six points which I cut out of the newer one to emphasize the six larger ones.

The design is based off a hexagon which I found in one of my origami books. This design uses a grid, but instead of squares, the gird is made of equilateral triangles. Most of the familiar boxpleating techniques were still applicable and it was interesting to see how the angles of the points turned out when using a 60-degree grid instead of the typical 90. This is definitely something I want to explore more in the future as the difference in angles lends itself nicely to some models that get limited by unnatural 90-degree corners.

Both snowflakes each folded from a single square sheet of printer paper.

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Rick and Morty Cthulhu

I can’t remember how I discovered Rick and Morty but the whimsical nature of the show intrigued me and the vast range of characters presented themselves as fun design challenges. The Cthulhu appears in the show’s opening scene but has yet to be featured in its own episode.

I initially believed this would be an easy design as the Cthulhu from Rick and Morty doesn’t have any legs which would make the bottom half very simple. Adding to this cockiness was the fact that I had already designed a Cthulhu before and believed that I would be able to make simple modifications to reach the desired outcome.

As I began to design the head, I realized I was sorely mistaken. The details in the head were more difficult than I had anticipated and the tail and wings evidently suffered in size as a result. The fingers were also smaller than I would have liked and they took on a very improvisational form when I attempted to create a grid outside the 22.5 degree base.

Overall I am happy with the result considering the ad-libbed appendages because the head turned out much better than I was hoping for. All six eyes are present and the overall shape was brought into being by coincidence in my attempts to create the eyes. I might make another attempt at this model with a different base but for now, I am pleased with the result.

Folded from a single sheet of square, uncut printer paper.

Buffalo

I have wanted to make a buffalo for quite some time now and I stumbled upon this design with a random doodle I made from scratch paper.

The best part for me is that the base is not dependent of reference points and is arbitrarily chosen when beginning the construction. The idea that order can still be achieved from perceived randomness intrigues me in origami. I think the proportions are well suited for the subject but its simplistic design limits the details I could add, such as the horns which look a bit disconnected from the head.

Folded from a single square sheet of printer paper.

Gum Wrapper Trident

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I made this on the plane back from Toronto. I only wanted to make a trident because the gum was of the trident variety and you can still somewhat see the logo on the folded model. I lost the original but this one looks significantly better except for the chunk missing from the handle which is only because the wrapper I found had a chunk missing.

Folded from a single Trident gum wrapper.

Plants vs. Zombies Snapdragon

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The model was inspired by the new Plants vs. Zombies heroes game which featured the snapdragon as a playable card. The snapdragon was one of my favorite plants in Plants vs Zombies 2 because he always seemed so calm and “chill”.

The model underwent several revisions and this is the fourth version I am most happy with. I initially attempted to make teeth for the bottom jaw but those were lost in the second revision in favor or larger wings and an easier to shape head. The snapdragon’s head looks different from other origami dragons and I came to the conclusion that it was because of his vertical head featuring eyes on the front rather than sides. I attempted to recreate this by shaping the many layers in the front and then pulling layers to form eyes. I am not the best at shaping so the head looks more like an oriental dragon than the one depicted in the game but I think the overall shape is evident and most of the anatomical features are present. My favorite feature is the wings. In Plants vs. Zombies 2 the wings are not present until it is boosted with plant food but in Plants vs. Zombies heroes they are there when it is planted. The original version had must smaller wings but the ones in subsequent versions have much larger wings, fulfilling the snapdragon’s wish in the description in PvZ2.

Better pictures and a colored version will hopefully come upon my return home.

Folded from a single sheet of square, uncut printer paper.

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Duck

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I was given a post-it note after class which I, being the impeccable scholar I am, decided to fold a unicorn with.  Upon presenting it to my classmates, several commented that it looked more like a duck and when rotated it is quite easy to see so.

I built on this idea for the rest of the day and made feet so it could stand. I like the angles of the head as it makes it look like a cartoony duck or seagull. I was also impressed with the feet which are made from the corners (typically a weak part of the paper) yet could support the weight of the rest of the model. Overall it looks much more “full” that it actually is. Just as in the unicorn that formed it, the main anatomical flaw is the lack of a tail. Even though a duck’s tail is much shorter there was no real good way to made it stick out from the back so I left it as is.

One thing I enjoy about simple models is that they can easily manipulated to form new models. I did this quite often when I was younger to suit the tastes I had at the time, often transforming ordinary models into warriors so they could do battle (I based their significance based on the number of steps they took so the more complex ones were kings and generals while simple ones were merely peasants). However performing a simple turn to arrive at a new model is impossible with more complex models which feature toes and horns and hands and other intended appendages. This is one reason it is nice to take a break from such models and enjoy the simplicity and joy “easy” models can bring. Simpler models are also great for a limited time budget as the accomplishment of designing a new model can still be experienced without spending months on a single design.

Folded originally from a square, uncut sticky note and later with uncut, squares of printer paper.

Unicorn

I made this model over the summer and I guess I didn’t get a chance to post it despite how proud of it I was. I fabricated the entire model in my head and it worked perfectly the first time I tried to fold it. It’s only merit is being extraordinarily easy to fold as there is almost no definition of the body and no tail at all. It looks more like a giraffe but it has a horn so it is obviously a unicorn. The horn could easily be modified to be ears or ossicones (those horn like appendages on their heads) but I think the simplicity of the model is better than a more complex graft with a very simple body.

Folded from a single sheet of uncut, square printer paper.