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Well, this isn’t origami.

I picked up a Mouse King Nutcracker for a Christmas present and decided to touch it up a bit. But I get obsessive, so it spiraled out of control.

Mouse King 0 - Original (1) Mouse King 0 - Original (2)

Mouse King 0 - Original (3) Mouse King 0 - Original (5)

This is the original. He’s not bad, but there were a few things I wanted to change. Mostly, you could see the nutcracker teeth and the glue beneath the gem-thingies.

Mouse King 0 - Original (6) Mouse King 0 - Original (7)

Anyway, I started to take off the fluff and round things to re-do them but thought, “Oh, I could also do [this] and [that]”. I decided to make him a white lab mouse king. So I guess I’ll go through what I did end up doing. While making them, I used the camera in my phone, so sorry about the blurry ones.

Mouse King 0 - Original (8)

Mouse King 1 - Development (102) Mouse King 1 - Development (104)

The feet looked like they could use some work. The legs were actually pegs inserted into the base, with the rest of the foot pasted on in front. I removed those, put a hinge on the base of the leg to the foot, and buffered those with some wood.

I decided to use fur and give him an actual coat, but I still wanted to have a good place for the belt to sit. So I decided to just have the lower half of the torso painted white with red dots like boxer shorts. For this, I sawed and sanded the torso apart where the belt is, removed the nutcracking part so that I could paint everything, and added a peg and holes so that the torso and chest could separate. It can rotate on the peg too. (Below left.)

Mouse King 1 - Development (101) Mouse King 1 - Development (103) Mouse King 1 - Development (106)

The head was nailed to the chest, so I made new wooden pieces for a peg thing similar to the torso/chest so that the head could rotate. The head and crown were two pieces, so they were easy to separate. I decided to make the crown attach with magnets, and that’s what’s at the top of the head. I flattened parts for the eyes but over-flattened one side and had to fix that.

Mouse King 1 - Development (105) Mouse King 1 - Development (108)

I gave the arms elbow hinges to move the coats on and off. I also made them swing and have some rotation out at the shoulder.

Mouse King 2 - Result (101) Mouse King 2 - Result (102)

Mouse King 2 - Result (120) Mouse King 2 - Result (121)

The sword parts can be removed. The crown has two different tops, red or white, with the actual top part also connecting with magnets. The gems are set from the inside and are interchangeable, 6mm diameter beads. I was going to use garnet, but those were too dark. I used bright red bamboo coral beads instead. There’s also a cape.

Mouse King 1 - Development (107)

These are all the pieces laid out. On the right are the tail and ears. The ears are just pegs with pink felt.

Mouse King 1 - Development (110) Mouse King 1 - Development (109)

Here he is put together without fur. I was glad he could stand easily.

Mouse King 1 - Development (111) Mouse King 2 - Result (105)

Mouse King 2 - Result (108)

I think I only have the one fur-in-process picture, but I have the basic, final pieces with fur both apart and together.

Mouse King 2 - Result (112) Mouse King 2 - Result (113)

I used white felt for the legs instead of fur, so that the stockings could fit over it. The legs have part of the boots glued on, but the side things fit over the rest and the stockings and are held on with elastic rope ties.

Mouse King 2 - Result (109)

Mouse King 2 - Result (110) Mouse King 2 - Result (111)

The “pants” go over the torso. It’s grey felt held in place by a red elastic “sash”.

Mouse King 2 - Result (103)

His first outfit is more of the traditional military whatever coat. I gave him kind of puff shoulders, but no sleeves. Also, it separates front and back, because I thought I’d need to do that to get it on and off.

Mouse King 2 - Result (131) Mouse King 2 - Result (130) Mouse King 2 - Result (129)

Here he is all kinged out.

Mouse King 2 - Result (104) Mouse King 2 - Result (122)

The other one is just a simple blue coat. I realized I didn’t need it to separate in the back, but I didn’t want it to be too simple. For some extra style, the front part is like a lace cravat thing.

Mouse King 2 - Result (126) Mouse King 2 - Result (125) Mouse King 2 - Result (124)

And here he is all casual decked out.

I think he turned out ok. There were a lot of pictures and parts; hope I went over everything. Late merry Christmas yo.

Mouse King 2 - Result (127) Mouse King 2 - Result (123)

Crease Pattern Challenge 042

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

Crease Pattern Challenge 42  in Issue 97 is Kyohei Katsuta’s Whip Spider. He previously had Challenge 29, a lesser bird of paradise, where I also put his cat.

OTMCP_042 - WHIP SPIDER - KATSUTA (101) OTMCP_042 - WHIP SPIDER - KATSUTA (105)

This is another cool model, but with a much more creepy subject. Although, I don’t think whip spiders can hurt you. Also, they aren’t really spiders. Anyway, I think my version came out kind of cute. Maybe that’s because I folded it tho.

OTMCP_042 - WHIP SPIDER - KATSUTA (102) OTMCP_042 - WHIP SPIDER - KATSUTA (104)

Oh. I guess this entry is one of the shorter ones then.

OTMCP_042 - WHIP SPIDER - KATSUTA (110)

Pteranodons

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

For this set of models, I wanted to start with something very simple that kids could make and then add details to this model to make it more complex. So this is a pteranodon in development stages.

The simplest version (below in green) still has the right look but could clearly have improved details. The most obvious improvement would be the head needing a back fin. The legs are also a bit simple. I had quite a few leg variations; these are the easiest legs to make. I mostly lucked out on the chest section being clearly delineated (which is one of the best aspects of this model).

WKO_027_PTERANODON (101) WKO_027_PTERANODON (102)

WKO_027_PTERANODON (103)

The middle version (in orange) has those improvements and a few more. The head has the back fin, and the legs and tail are a little more complex. Also, the neck is thinned by sinks on the sides, and the parts of the wings that come out from the chest are narrowed. I think this is more recognizable as a pteranodon, but it can no longer stand up like the previous model. This is because the paper reserved for the head causes extra area at the bottom of the wings.

WKO_027_PTERANODON (104) WKO_027_PTERANODON (105)

WKO_027_PTERANODON (106) WKO_027_PTERANODON (107)

The final model’s main aspect is the addition of claws, but it also attempts to improve the head and leg structure. There was a lot of trial and error. I initially came up with wing claws basically out of nowhere but eventually realized I could follow those claws down to the feet and sort of hide the line between them in the wings using sinks. The new claw structure causes extra paper area in the head and tail sections. The head uses this for the back fin, while the extra tail is folded in and hidden.

WKO_027_PTERANODON (116) WKO_027_PTERANODON (112)

WKO_027_PTERANODON (109) WKO_027_PTERANODON (110)

WKO_027_PTERANODON (111) WKO_027_PTERANODON (115)

WKO_027_PTERANODON (117) WKO_027_PTERANODON (114)

I’m going to diagram up the first two at least.

Crease Pattern Challenge 041

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

I’ve been so busy, I haven’t gotten one up here in awhile. I wanted to set them up for automatic a bit. Maybe I can get that working sometime.

Anyway, this is a good one for Halloween. Crease Pattern Challenge 41 is Satoshi Kamiya’s Cerebus. I actually have this model in one of the posts about Works of Satoshi Kamiya 2. I’m not sure how different the crease pattern one is (it’s probably just the minor details).

OTMCP_041 - CERBERUS - KAMIYA (101) OTMCP_041 - CERBERUS - KAMIYA (108)

OTMCP_041 - CERBERUS - KAMIYA (111) OTMCP_041 - CERBERUS - KAMIYA (112)

I actually had some problems getting him into focus, so there are a few similar shots with different focuses. The unpainted white tracing paper probably didn’t help.

OTMCP_041 - CERBERUS - KAMIYA (106) OTMCP_041 - CERBERUS - KAMIYA (107)

OTMCP_041 - CERBERUS - KAMIYA (109) OTMCP_041 - CERBERUS - KAMIYA (110)

Left: head focus; Right: leg focus

Yous already know how much I like Satoshi Kamiya’s stuff. His crease patterns are usually really fun, because you put in your own details and interpretations.

OTMCP_041 - CERBERUS - KAMIYA (105)

OTMCP_041 - CERBERUS - KAMIYA (103)

Crease Pattern Challenge 040

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

Issue 96 has Crease Pattern Challenge #40: Takashi Hojyo’s Vajra. Vajra, or Basara Taishou, is one of the twelve heavenly generals of China (this link is one of the first google results, but it has great tables, showing their associated colours, weapons, and zodiac animals).

Mr. Hojyo has been working on these as an entire set, on and off, for a while (he also updates older ones a lot). Because of that, I’ve looked up the generals a few times before. From the first time, the names felt familiar to me. I recognized Indra as a major Hindu deity as well (there tends to be a lot of Hindu-Chinese deity overlap), but that wasn’t it. I finally realized where I’d seen them before: Digimon Series 3. The 12 Deva digimon serve the 4 Sovereign digimon, based on the 4 Beast Gods. Vajramon has a centaur-style body but is an ox, as Vajra is associated with the ox.

OTMCP_040 - VAJRA - HOJYO (101) OTMCP_040 - VAJRA - HOJYO (102) OTMCP_040 - VAJRA - HOJYO (106)

OTMCP_040 - VAJRA - HOJYO (108) OTMCP_040 - VAJRA - HOJYO (105)

The first time I made this model (in yellow), I missed the reference points a bit but just pushed on. The face is a bit small because of that.

OTMCP_040 - VAJRA - HOJYO (103) OTMCP_040 - VAJRA - HOJYO (104)

OTMCP_040 - VAJRA - HOJYO (111) OTMCP_040 - VAJRA - HOJYO (117)

OTMCP_040 - VAJRA - HOJYO (112)

When I went back recently, I finally found the right lines, but the hands seem too small for some reason. I think what happened is I misinterpreted the thumbs as sleeve.

OTMCP_040 - VAJRA - HOJYO (109) OTMCP_040 - VAJRA - HOJYO (110) OTMCP_040 - VAJRA - HOJYO (113)

OTMCP_040 - VAJRA - HOJYO (114) OTMCP_040 - VAJRA - HOJYO (115) OTMCP_040 - VAJRA - HOJYO (116)

OTMCP_040 - VAJRA - HOJYO (118) OTMCP_040 - VAJRA - HOJYO (119)

I’ve been meaning to paint more of these (preferably before but maybe after folding), but, when I checked the chart, I found out white is usually linked to Vajra.

I didn’t paint the next one either.

Crease Pattern Challenge 039

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

Challenge 39 is Seiji Nishikawa’s 15° Oriential Longheaded Locust.

I’ve covered quite a few Nishikawa’s models due to him having so many crease pattern challenges. I’m sure there are quite a few I’ve missed, but I’m not sure which I’ve put up here and which I haven’t. It probably would have been better to put the second half of Origami Insects Vol. 1 here (instead of with Challenge 14) as this Challenge immediately follows a Kawahata one that I put the first half with. But I didn’t do that. Oops.

OTMCP_039 - ORIENTAL LONGHEADED LOCUST 15 DEGREES - NISHIKAWA (1) OTMCP_039 - ORIENTAL LONGHEADED LOCUST 15 DEGREES - NISHIKAWA (3) OTMCP_039 - ORIENTAL LONGHEADED LOCUST 15 DEGREES - NISHIKAWA (4) OTMCP_039 - ORIENTAL LONGHEADED LOCUST 15 DEGREES - NISHIKAWA (2)

Anyway, this is a nice model with an interesting design using fifths and equilateral triangles. Not my favourite bug tho.

Crease Pattern Challenge 038

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

Issue 94’s challenge (#38) is Fumiaki Kawahata’s Shachihoko. This mythical animal is a tiger-headed fish that causes rain. Shachihoko statues are found on the ends of lots of Japanese temple roofs. They are usually shown resting on their necks with the body curving up. Here’s a pretty good one on a castle in a travel log, or you can google it.

OTMCP_038 - SHACHIHOKO - KAWAHATA (3) OTMCP_038 - SHACHIHOKO - KAWAHATA (4)

Kawahata’s Shachihoko emphasizes the body rather than the head. It’s a little surprising, but it allows him to focus on the fins and scales and making the model much more 3D.

OTMCP_038 - SHACHIHOKO - KAWAHATA (6) OTMCP_038 - SHACHIHOKO - KAWAHATA (1) OTMCP_038 - SHACHIHOKO - KAWAHATA (5)

Fumiaki Kawahata is one of the two authors of Origami Insects Vol. 1. I covered the models of the other author, Seiji Nishikawa, with Crease Pattern Challenge 14. Below are the remaining models, which are all designed by Kawahata. (He already shows how the models will scale relative to the initial square length in the book, so I’m not doing that this time.)

Jambar Giant Scarab

OI1_01 (101) OI1_01 (102) OI1_01 (103)

Jambar Giant Scarab (update)

OI1_02 (101) OI1_02 (102) OI1_02 (103) OI1_02 (104)

Flying Cicada

OI1_03 (102) OI1_03 (103) OI1_03 (104)

Neptune Giant Beetle

OI1_04 (101) OI1_04 (102)

Caucasus Giant Beetle

OI1_05 (101) OI1_05 (102) OI1_05 (103)

Golden-Ringed Dragonfly (the OrigamiHouse website lists it as Golden-Ringed Bragonfly)

OI1_06 (101) OI1_06 (103) OI1_06 (104)

Japanese Giant Grasshopper

OI1_07 (101) OI1_07 (102) OI1_07 (103)

Leaf Insect

OI1_08 (101) OI1_08 (102)

Eupatorus Horned Beetle

OI1_09 (101) OI1_09 (102) OI1_09 (103)

I like all the insects from both authors, but I’m extra partial to the Leaf Insect and Golden-Ringed Dragonfly.

Crease Pattern Challenge 037

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

Are sheep sacred in Japan? Don’t get me wrong, I’m basically ok with sheep. Crease Pattern Challenge 91 is a spectacular ram by Naoto Horiguchi. But that’s pretty far off, and, between this and Challenge 24, I’m tired of basic sheep with fairly tricky puzzle crease patterns. Crease Pattern Challenge 37 is Hideo Komatsu’s Sheep.

OTMCP_037 - SHEEP - KOMATSU (101) OTMCP_037 - SHEEP - KOMATSU (102)

OTMCP_037 - SHEEP - KOMATSU (103) OTMCP_037 - SHEEP - KOMATSU (104)

That’s not to say it isn’t a good model. The body is well done, and I especially love the sheep’s sheep face and sheep ears. However, I ended up screwing this up a few time before folding it correctly. Luckily, it’s diagrammed a little later in Issue 105. I folded that first and figured out a couple of things.

KOMATSU - SHEEP(103) KOMATSU - SHEEP(102)

The biggest thing I learned is that the reference lines and points on the crease pattern are extremely close to ones that are easier to determine than the real points (like a line very close to something simple to find, like a quarter line). In some models, a slight shift like this might end up ok, with only a slightly thinner or fatter model. But these lines link up with each other and have sinks that need more precision. Specifically, the head will be much further off than it should be without the exact reference points.

I also found that there was a cool locking mechanism in the middle inside (which I didn’t get in the crease pattern version) and why the crease pattern version is useful. The final model’s body has large, flat sections representing wool. The diagrammed version has many more fold lines crossing these areas to determine the intersection points. The crease pattern sheep is a lot cleaner in these areas.

KOMATSU - SHEEP(104)
Diagram Lock
OTMCP_037 - SHEEP - KOMATSU (104) OTMCP_037 - SHEEP - KOMATSU (105)
My Incomplete Lock on the Crease Pattern
OTMCP_037 - SHEEP - KOMATSU (106) KOMATSU - SHEEP(105)
OTMCP_037 - SHEEP - KOMATSU (107) KOMATSU - SHEEP(106)
Left: Crease Pattern; Right: Diagram

Crease Pattern Challenge 036

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

36 is Noboru Miyajima’s bat. He’s had previous Crease Pattern Challenges of a Knight on a Pegasus (#4) and a Propeller Plane (#12). His previous models are impressive, but something about this one makes me partial to it. It just has a kind of lifelike feel I think.

OTMCP_036 - BAT - MIYAJIMA (5) OTMCP_036 - BAT - MIYAJIMA (4)

I’ve made a few of these, but I only found my uncoloured one. I know I gave a painted on away; guess I should have taken pictures first. Even white it looks really good. Albino bat.

OTMCP_036 - BAT - MIYAJIMA (6) OTMCP_036 - BAT - MIYAJIMA (1)

OTMCP_036 - BAT - MIYAJIMA (2) OTMCP_036 - BAT - MIYAJIMA (3)

Crease Pattern Challenge 035

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

Crease Pattern Challenge 35 in Issue 90 is another one of Takashi Hojyo’s human forms, Aquarius the water pourer (his 2005 version). He tends to go back and improve a lot of his older models, and this one is amazing. I wonder if he just liked the water pouring idea or if he was going to do a zodiac set. I noticed he likes sets, such as his Twelve Heavenly Generals. For examples, one of his generals, Vajra, has also been recently updated. But maybe it’s just that his zodiac sign might be Aquarius?

OTMCP_035 - AQUARIUS 2005 - HOJYO (102) OTMCP_035 - AQUARIUS 2005 - HOJYO (105)

Being a zodiac sign, this is also a mythological model. Aquarius represents Ganymede, a young boy from Troy. Zeus turned into an eagle and kidnapped him to make him immortal and serve as cupbearer of the gods on Olympus. Zeus chose Ganymede because he thought he was hot. K.

OTMCP_035 - AQUARIUS 2005 - HOJYO (108) OTMCP_035 - AQUARIUS 2005 - HOJYO (103) OTMCP_035 - AQUARIUS 2005 - HOJYO (111)

OTMCP_035 - AQUARIUS 2005 - HOJYO (107)

Anyway, the model is great. About a quarter of the paper is the water and jar. The arms are separate from the jar and are shaped to hold it. I should probably use more water to fold and shape things like this, but instead I used fishing line to hold the left arm to the jar for now (as you can clearly see). I kind of left the right arm dramatically far out. ¡Olé!

OTMCP_035 - AQUARIUS 2005 - HOJYO (101)  OTMCP_035 - AQUARIUS 2005 - HOJYO (112)

OTMCP_035 - AQUARIUS 2005 - HOJYO (113) OTMCP_035 - AQUARIUS 2005 - HOJYO (110)