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Album:Origami Models
A small selection of origami models that I have put together.
12 September 2014: Added Hercules Beetle and Vulture.
15 September 2014: Added Joisel's Rat, Lang's Gazelle, Crawford's Dog, Montroll's rhino
6 October 2014: Added Ted Normanton's Daffodils
19 October 2014: Added some more daffs and a tiger
23 January 2015: Added Golden Venture Swan
28 January 2015: Various models added, which are easy to see with the 'new' icon


Number of photos in the album is: 43
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  My attempt at a Golden Ventures style swan. Nice result, but very boring folding all those modules, and a need for glue to hold the neck together. Ho-hum ... needs must.
  A 3D paper swan by Patricia Crawford - very nice to fold.
  A Valentine for the more romantically inclined.
  This is Tom Hull's FIT - Five Interlocking Tetrahedra - a great model which I love to make, but get frustrated because putting it together is very fiddly.
  Another example of the FIT - they look so good in only one colour, but are more difficult to build.
  Modular Dodecahedran woven from strips of photocopier paper - you need paperclips to hold it together during construction.
  Eric Joisel's rat. You may have read elsewhere that Eric and I became friends after meeting at one of the BOS conventions. This is a relatively simple example of what he could do with paper, and thankfully, one of the few that he documented enough for me to be able to fold, which I do on a regular basis. If you want to be amazed, search for Eric on google and visit his site, that is being maintained after his untimely dead through cancer.
  Another example of Eric's rat from a different angle.
  Down boy ! A dog by Patricia Crawford. Starts with a 2 x 1 rectangle.
  A gazelle from Bob Lang's Paper Animals. Of intermediate difficulty, this model does an excellent job of making sure the aspect ratios (technical term for lengths of legs, horns, etc) are right - i.e. long enough. Much paper in the head area, but works well..


  Bob Lang's gazelle from a slightly different angle.
  A kangaroo with Joey in pouch. This model tends to splay apart, so I tried wet-folding it to make it keep together. Seems to have done the trick.
  This is a nice model of a Vulture from John Montrol's 'African Animals in Origami'. I call her Gloria, and she lives on my monitor at work, with the caption 'Oh, sod patience ! I'm gonna kill something !' which I say once in a cartoon of a vulture.
  What is blue and sounds lika a carrot ? looks like that glass could do with a wash !
  This is a bird that I designed myself. Fairly simple to make, and I must get around to documenting it sometime.
  Another cute little model, designed originally by Komatsu.
  Drummer and two guitarists folded on the request of a friend of mine who plays in such a setup as lead guitarist. This is one of my first attempts at using tissue foil. All designed by Marc Kirchenbaum and published in 'Paper in Harmony'.
  Guitarist from Marc Kirchenbaum's 'Paper in Harmony'.
  Another view of the guitarist.
  Oops ! a massive daffodil has just sprung up behind the guitarist. Hope it likes music !


  Here are a few of Ted Norminton's daffs I made one lazy evening. Made from a hexagon, and some would consider this a challenging fold to get right. Practice makes perfect !
  One of the motorbikes from Super Complex Origami.
THere are two bikes featured in the book, and this one happens to be my favourite.
Both are reasonably complex two-piece constructions that lock together, and this one just blew me away when I saw it. The stand is so nice !
  Another view of the motorbike from Super Complex Origami.
  One of John Montroll's better African elephant designs, from Origami Sculptures. Another lovely model to frold, so the journey is very satisfying, as is the end result.
  One of John Montroll's better African elephants, as published in his fine book 'Origami Sculptures'.
  John Montroll's elephant from 'Orimagi Sculptures'.
  A herd of John Montroll's elephants have taken up residence on my DVD player !
  Nice model of a rhino - not sure which of the two species. Not too happy with the back legs but overall a nice model to make and display. I heard on the news the other night that there are only 5 specimens of one of the species left in the world, as they have been hunted to extinction by poachers desperate for their horns. The last live wild birth of this species was overv 15 years ago. Scientists are deserate to preserve sperm, eggs and cells so that when we find a way to artificially produce such creatures in the lab, they will walk the earth again. Makes yer fink, dunnit ?
  One of John Montroll's triumphs.
Folded from a single sheet of square paper, black on one side and orange on the other
  Kermit ? This frog is an action model - the mouth opens and closes, with the feet acting as a spring..


  John Montroll's horse from Origami Sculptures - one of my favourite folds from that book.
The base this emerges from is so versatile, being able to make various breeds of dog (the base is called the dog base), a very fine bison, the one and two humped camels, the elephant, and many other four-legged animals. John is a genius !
  It's Magic ! Fred Rohm's model of a rabbit standing on a dice - made from a single sheet of paper. Very advanced for the 1960's when it was first published. The book suggests you mark the base as a die ... but that is not regarded as good origami. Maybe one day someone will come up with a design where the dots are part of the fold.
  Rabbit, that can be folded from paper currency.
  Another dodecahedran, this time made from 30 modules called Phizz units. This one is about 30cm in diameter.
  This is a simple modular fold constructed from six Sonobe units.
  This is a modular fold made from 12 identical units in four colours, and is four triangles interlocking.
  Nice example of a Kawasaki rose in a traditional Japanese vase. My contribution to this model was to make the locking mechanism between the flower and stem more robust, so it stands a chance of surviving the disco/nightclub scene it gets exposed to very early in its life.
  These roses are always popular. the vase is a traditional Japanese fold.
  Another example of the ubiquitous rose, this time made from sqaures of A4 photocopier paper. Much simpler than it looks, but still generates a huge amount of interest. I once had a free night in a pub + 40.00 on the strength of one of these !! Never did hear whether the guy who paid got laid, but he was doing alright when I fell off my bar stool.
  Robert Lang's scarab beetle from Origami Insects and Their Kin. Sorry about the focus - I do origami, not photography !


  The underside of the scarab - so insect-like !
  Hercules Beetle from Robert Lang's 'Origami Insects and Their KIn'. This my favourite model in that book, and looks quite impressive.
  Here is a small collection of models I donated to my colleague Geoff Chadwick before I left Rule Financial, who specialised in investment banking customers. I worked as an IT consultant, and Oracle subject-matter expert.
Whilst trying and eventually failing to make my fortune in the City, I accumulated an origami collection at the office, and even started writing an origami-related column for the company newsletter.
This photograph was taken on my last day there. Geoff took the picture, as he is a bit of a photography nut, and I now reproduce here for your viewing pleasure.
You may incidentally have seen this image elsewhere on the web, as Geoff used to run a photo-a-day blog, and this was included (as a notable exception) in that. He tended to focus on unusual things he had spotted around London at lunchtimes, and pictures of dawns and dusks when commuting. I think he has now stopped the blog, and indeed parted company with Rule, whose focus changed from an all-things-to-all-men business and technical consultancy to a more business-oriented one.


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