Fan and Potted Plant

Two Toilegami folds today are variations on a theme – a nod to a Brahms concert I listened to recently.  The theme is “Pleat Folds” which I used in a recent blog.

This time, two sheets of tissue are torn off.  The pleats are folded, alternating valley and mountains, on the sheets rather than on the roll.  Then, either the fan handle or pot is created followed by insertion of the pleats.

The fan <> is easier by far.  I spent too much time fiddling around with the pleats in the pot, trying to spread them evenly apart <>.

Something I realized was that the instructional videos used a plush toilet paper as opposed to my 1-ply roll.  Perhaps the folds and shape might hold better with heavier weight tissue.



Apologies for the vulgarity in advance dear reader…

Butt, when folding this sailboat, these lines pooped into my head:

                                                            A cute little boat I did fold,
                                                            from a large toilet paper roll;
                                                           The hull, the sail and the mast,
                                                           of tissue I knew would not last
                                                           being torn and wiped, I’m told.

Toilegami Sailboat. 12.30.2016.

Toilegami Sailboat. 12.30.2016.

When I was a child, Edward Lear’s A Book of Nonsense occupied a special place in my family’s household.  My father, who prided himself on being an orator, had memorized lots of limericks.

At night after dinner, he entertained us with Lear’s hilarious and frequently bawdy verses much to the chagrin of my mother.

Fold away:

Pleat Folds

I tried another Toilegami design today.   The clumsy, pleat folds below took me a good half hour to make.

Toilegami Pleat Fold. 12.29.2016.

Toilegami Pleat Folds. 12.29.2016.

“A useless meme?” I muttered to myself.  The more I reflected on the previous post the angrier I became.

Not only was folding toilet paper decorative, the skill could also result in a housekeeper earning a higher salary.  I was tempted to purchase Toilet Paper Origami on a Roll but managed to resist it for now.

Why don’t you try making this tricky tissue flourish?

Good Luck Crane – day 7 – final

“You promised to fold the Good Luck Crane for seven days, didn’t you?” She asked.

“Yes, I did,” I replied.  I shifted the Origami model of the crimson crane slightly and snapped a couple of photos with the smartphone.

“And why did you fold the same thing for so many days?” She demanded, studying the red crane intently.

I cast a quick glance in her direction and smiled brightly. “For practice,”  I said.

Good Luck Crane – day 6

Demands of work stole two days from me.  When I folded the Good Luck Crane this morning, I had forgotten some steps but it came out alright.

This crane is made with lots of love.  It will top the small gift I am wrapping for my mother’s Christmas present.

Two things I learned today:

  1. Open and close the model by inserting fingers into the recesses of the crane’s body from the reverse.  You can see these two, lower triangular areas in the photograph taken from the back of the model.
  2. Use a “pop of color” in a photograph to “ image.”  This was suggested in WordPress’s Blogging University course on photography.

Indeed, incorporating a bright red paper beneath the green crane makes the picture more dynamic.

Good Luck Crane – day 5

The muscle memory in my fingers recognizes the  Good Luck Crane folds now.  But, I still had to stop the YouTube instructional video a few times to check the plumage folding steps.

I learned to really look at the crane model this morning.  It is so three-dimensional yet I have only studied the item from a single view before today.  Here are various angles of the bird.

The last photograph of the square paper with folds is called a “crease pattern.”

Yes, I destroyed the Good Luck Crane by opening it up and examining all the folds in the paper just to look at the crease pattern.  What a discovery!

Here is an eye-opening article on “Crease Patterns as Art” by the famous Origami artist/composer Robert J. Lang:

Good Luck Crane – day 4

Breathe, breathe…with each fold, I told myself.  My concentration waned frequently and I had to bring it back with a deep breath.   Focus on the crisp edges and the corners of the fold – I pressed the model really, really flat.

Good Luck Crane 4. 12.19.2016

Good Luck Crane 4. 12.19.2016

This strategy worked.  This is clearly my best crane to date, yet I can still see imperfections in the folds everywhere.

I think the patterned paper conspired with me to hide the flaws in my model.  Tomorrow, I’ll return to the plain papers.