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: 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 of Origami – Day #20: Origami Decorative Ball

 

 

 

I really liked making this one! For this I used 3″ card stock squares, and though it was a little tougher to fold than regular origami paper, the resulting decorative ball is pretty much indestructible. The pattern from this one came from Instructables – click here to make your own!