Bear, Step 19

A Bear…that’s the goal.  Stuck on step 19. I must be out of my mind to try this model.

Bear. Step 19. 1.6.2017.

Bear. Step 19. 1.6.2017.

I’m probably about a third through all the steps in John Montroll’s Animal Origami For the Enthusiast.

It’s way beyond my skill level.

But, the bear looked so simple and cute.

Lopsided, uneven, not quite right…sigh.

Challenge myself, I thought.

Let’s see if I can finish it tomorrow.


Black Lotus, a Sherlock prop

A beautiful, Origami black lotus was made by the prop department for a BBC Sherlock episode (Series 1, Episode 1).

Sadly, I lacked black paper.  So, I opted for a flowered pattern which did nothing to bring out the final design.  The absence of any folding skill on my part resulted in a folding mess.

Lotus (mess). 1.5.2017.

Lotus (mess). 1.5.2017.

The Sherlockology website  instructions did not convey the challenge of folding the model.  Even when I turned to a YouTube teacher, it did not help.

A simple design, ha!  Not “elementary” at all!

The Detective’s Hat or, Samurai Helmet Investigation

“Wait a minute,” I thought to myself. “I’ve folded the Samurai Helmet before.”

Of course I was quite mistaken.  The helmet from Taro’s Origami 365 was NOT at all like the Sumo design I folded over a month ago from the book  Traditional Japanese Origami.

This investigation prompted a side-by-side comparison  to prove that the angular-shaped models differ as did their crease patterns.

There were far more folds needed to create the abstract figure of a wrestler than the helmet.  This was quite evident from their respective crease patterns.

I read Robert J. Lang’s “Crease Patterns for Folders” and marveled at how his models are designed.

Blue Snail went Rogue at 14:06

OK, you will never believe this.

Folding a blue snail this morning, I could not imagine how a flat piece of paper with a triangular body could ever become a snail.

Yet at 14:06 into the Origami instructions, one grasps the inside flaps of the base of the triangle and pulls.

Voila, the snail’s shell puffs up.

Well, maybe not rogue…but it was like magic!  Check it out here.

Muddling through the Folds, a Chrysanthemum

Taro’s Origami 365 has instructions for this Chrysanthemum.  Seven folds include book, blintz, diagonal, kite, pleat, square base and squash fold.

This Chrysanthemum fold is very angular and not at all symmetrical as one would imagine the flower to be.

But, it seems too rigid.  Don’t think this is how it was supposed to look.


When pressed under a pane of glass, the model flattened.

Unintended…the image captured the photographer’s hands and tool.

Sigh…neither the model nor the photographs came out as expected.  How I muddle through these Origami folds.

Crane in the New Year!

Oops…Ring in the New Year!

How appropriate that this last Toilegami post is of a crane.  Yes, the ubiquitous cane can be folded on a roll of toilet paper: <>.

Toilegami Crane. 1.1.2017

Toilegami Crane. 1.1.2017

While surfing the Internet, I stumbled across “Careers in Origami” by Robert J. Lang (The Fold; May-June, 2014).  It’s fascinating: <>  -not that I’m giving up my day job for Origami any time soon!

After reading the article, I joined OrigamiUSA as a New Year’s present to myself.  Looking forward to reading the myriad of articles on the website and downloading the free online diagrams.  Happy folding in 2017 everyone!