Thirty Days Project: Day 7

Ugh. Coming down with yet another cold, so I thought I’d take it easy on myself today with a very simple project, the origami cube.

Unfortunately, the tutorial that I was following, which had lots of comments on how easy, fun, etc. it was to make these cubes, actually left out a HUGE step in the photos and writing. Not that that’s a huge surprise – origami tutorials are notoriously prone to leaving out important bits and expecting you to jump from point C to point Z with no problem. However, this time, since it was a blog entry with play-by-play photos that go over every painful step except for the most important one, I feel that I’m entitled to bitch a bit. Also, I’m a little miffed because I ended up folding not 6, but 18 modules, since the first try didn’t work at all, the second try worked but looked crappy, and I was proud enough to want a third try at perfection.

From left to right: Attempt #1, Attempt #2, Victory!

From left to right: Attempt #1, Attempt #2, Victory!

 

Here’s the fruit of my labor. A cube. Whoo.

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I’m going back to more intricate projects tomorrow. The simple ones always kick my butt.

Thirty Days Project: Day 6

Hallelujah, I’m finally caught up! I wanted to choose something moderately easy, since I’ve got a lot of tasks to accomplish tonight. So around two hours ago, I sat down to make a 12 module origami ball (using instructions from A Fine Tangle) that should have taken around 10 minutes to make.

Twenty minutes ago, I was laughing hysterically as I tried in vain to figure out how the last three flaps fit together. I had been trying to work out that same problem for another thirty minutes before that. It’s hard to explain the feeling of staring into the mouth of madness as you attempt to figure out a simple fold, but every now and then you just have those special “WTF?” moments. It’s all about meeting them with laughter instead of tears. It’s also helpful to take the model apart and do it over.

It took me three times of taking it apart completely to figure out what I was doing wrong, but as you can see, in the end it worked out perfectly. This model, by the way, is something little kids learn. I know that because I ended up reading a lot of blog posts and watching a few YouTube videos to see where I was going wrong. I felt a little like an idiot knowing that 10 year olds make these during recess, but then I remembered that I used to fold awesome notes to pass to my friends in class, so I’m not a complete dunce, just a little rusty. Onwards and upwards, folks!

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Thirty Days Project: Day 5

Lucky for me that I’m a freelancer, as otherwise I would have just spent an important hour of work hiding away at my desk, making a 16-pointed star. Only one more piece to make before I’m officially caught up and my life can resume its normal (ridiculous) pace…

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If you’re interested in making your own, head on over to Origami Instructions for detailed photos!

Thirty Days Project: Days 3 & 4

I spent my entire evening making two origami models and watching Battlestar Galactica. Wish that I didn’t have “real” work to do – it was pretty much the perfect night, other than stressing about being behind on so many things as a result of my vacation over the weekend. Speaking of the vacation, I’ll be posting snapshots of my time in NYC soon (at least by Photography Friday). Can’t wait to share my trip with you guys – I dreamt about it last night, in fact 🙂

So as I mentioned in my last post, this month’s challenge is all about modular origami. I chose a couple of fun patterns to try today – a 30 unit Buckyball and a cool little diamond window cube made of 12 units. My patience was tried sorely by the second model. Weirdly, the more modules means the more practice you have, so by the end it’s all pretty familiar. Fewer modules means more irritation, in my experience. You’re “in it” long enough to just kind of get used to the motions, then it’s done. Sometimes I get about half way through a model and have to fight myself to not smash it and walk away. Origami is making me a better person. That’s evident in the fact that both of these projects turned out pretty well – no smashing involved.

Modular Origami Buckyball by Anna Harris
Modular Origami Diamond Window Cube by Anna Harris

Thirty Days Project: Days 1 & 2

I’m running behind on my daily creations for the Thirty Days Project, but vow to catch up tonight! This time around, I’m only making modular origami (I’m hooked on the stuff – just can’t get enough pretty modular stars, boxes and ornaments). Here are my first creations of the month, an 18-module wreath, and a four-module star prism. Both of these patterns can be found on OrigamiManiacs, under the modular origami category.

Modular Origami Wreath with 18 Modules
Origami Star Prism

Thirty Days of Origami – Day #13: Origami Lesser Stellated Dodecahedron

I have no idea how to pronounce “dodecahedron,” but I made one! This project was difficult – it took me almost two hours to complete. It’s still not perfect; I’ll count this as my model, now that I know what I need to do to make this thing look a little more uniform than it looks right now. Don’t get me wrong – I’m ridiculously psyched that I managed to build this crazy 3-D model all by myself on the first try. However, now that I’ve done it, I see where I could make improvements, and I definitely want to try again. I can only imagine how gorgeous this would be if I’d used translucent plastic sheets, or even metallic sheets. To make this I cut 6″ x 6″ sheets into quarters, and it turned out to be a pretty large model, a little bit bigger than a softball. At a much smaller scale, something like this would make a gorgeous Christmas ornament, too. If you’re interested in trying this pattern, here’s a diagram. There’s a video, too, though it’s in fast forward and a little hard to follow…

Also, as many of you might know, I’ve been doing origami every day as a part of the Thirty Days Project. One of my other friends and coworkers, Gary, has been doing a daily video blog as his contribution to the project. Today’s video happens to feature me as I’m making this monstrosity. You should check it out! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcDV9qZnHtw&feature=autoshare