My daughter received this folded envelope containing a free sim card today. The design is traditional and well-known, but this is the first time I’ve seen what must be a substantial use of it. As with all these types of commercial folds, I wonder who actually did the folding?
Below are diagrams by Matthias Gutfeldt from his site. used one of his paper plane designs in a book many years ago and since he hasn’t updated the site since 2004, I guess he won’t mind me poaching the image!
At a mini-meeting in Hazel Grove (near Manchester) yesterday, I re-learned a model from the distant past. I can’t remember where or when I last saw it, but it’s a 6 piece modular made from a blintzed bird base.
This got me thinking about the BBB, which few of the attendees at the meeting seemed to know about. Back in the late 60s, the BBB was seen to be the ultimate base – you could make almost anything from it – dragons, horses, beetles, even a grand piano (Pat Crawford). When I started folding in the early 80s, it was still a talisman for beginners. Who would ever want more points from a base? How naive they were 😉
To make the modular, sink the top triangle by half its length, then fold each of the four lower flaps to the top. Open each flap out at right angles to the next. Form a ring of four, ticking corners under sink edges, then add two more to form a cube arrangement. It holds together reasonably well, although smaller versions are tricker to assemble without glue. Almost a joke there.
I did a quick google and found no immediate diagrams for either the module, or surprisingly, the BBB itself, although it’s used in passing here http://www.barf.cc/nuccrane.pdf As you can imagine, it’s a square, blintzed, from which a bird base is folded. The blintzed flaps can then be eased out again. The method I prefer, created via a waterbomb base, is shown below.
update : I’m told the unit is by Nina Ostrun and is diagrammed here although I still feel in my bones I’ve seen it a long time ago.
I’m deciding which folds to make for the exhibition table at the York BOS convention tomorrow. I always agonise over whether things are worth displaying, since my tastes veer towards the simple side and put next to an ultra-complex model, the two styles don’t quite complement each other.
I’d be tempted to arrange tables by complexity, so like can be compared to like. Here’s one I’m taking – I finally found a use for the pack of “opalescent” paper that’s been gathering dust for years – gaudy but effective 😉
Here’s a couple of pages about my work with masks, published in the Oru magazine in Autumn 1993. I never dreamed what extraordinary work Joisel would soon produce! (Click to enlarge the image)
I have a large box of discarded creative efforts and from time to time, I wade through them, seeing if anything actually has promise. I’ve had a twisted flower for about 15 years, but it was just that, twisted but not locked. A flash of inspiration later, it’s elegantly locked. Changing a key angle allows variations from tight to open. No actual method yet, but I’ll teach it at the forthcoming York BOS convention and see what happens!
I was taught this box by Erica Thompson at the last Sheffield maxi-meeting, using “roller blind” paper. The lines of development from the Kawasaki Rose are clear, but it’s not just another clone. I found it fiendishly difficult (being old and out of practise), but the result was well worth it. I gather there are a couple of variations out there.
I’ve just been sent a copy of the AEP’s magazine, which includes a “catamaran” design of mine. Or rather page 1 of the design! I guess page two was lost in the ether somewhere, but I wonder who decided the last step of page 1 represented a finished model? It’s flat for one thing, but they drew a little “finished” illustration anyway.
My reputation will clearly be injured by this and I’ll be seeking restitution through the International Court of Justice in the Hague. In case you’re interested, this is how the completed model should look.