Crease Pattern Challenge 062

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

I’ve sort of been putting this one off because I’ve had so much trouble with it. Challenge #62 is Ushio Ikegami’s Kepler’s Star.

OTMCP_061 - KEPLERS STAR - IKEGAMI (104)

There aren’t a lot of pictures with this (it looks mostly the same from all directions). While there are some flips and stacks (that is, folds through multiple parts together that show up as different polarities on the pattern) that are usually better done in diagrams, I think this would be difficult to do other than in a crease pattern.

OTMCP_061 - KEPLERS STAR - IKEGAMI (106)

I figured out reference points and put the pattern on a big square then cut to hexagon, but I used the thin paper I always use. This was too thin to work well. I tried to stiffen it up, but that was too much. So I finally copied the pattern on regular paper and folded that.

OTMCP_061 - KEPLERS STAR - IKEGAMI (102)

One of the pyramids would be a different colour with reverse colour paper. I put dots on it to kind of illustrate that.

OTMCP_061 - KEPLERS STAR - IKEGAMI (105)

This is an interesting model, as it takes a modular model and makes it with a single sheet.

Crease Pattern Challenge 061

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

What to say about Takashi Hojyo’s Bantam, which is Origami Tanteidan Magazine’s 61st Crease Pattern Challenge in issue #117? Hojyo’s stuff is always good, so that’s hardly worth mentioning. Looking at his, I noticed I left out a crimp for the neck, which would look a lot sharper. Actually, his looks very focused, but, while I guess I missed the tone, I like my eager chicken.

OTMCP_061 - BANTAM - HOJYO (102) OTMCP_061 - BANTAM - HOJYO (101) OTMCP_061 - BANTAM - HOJYO (108)

OTMCP_061 - BANTAM - HOJYO (103)

There’s a sort of fluffiness throughout this one. It’s really neat against the crispness of the head and the nearly hidden feet.

OTMCP_061 - BANTAM - HOJYO (106) OTMCP_061 - BANTAM - HOJYO (107)

OTMCP_061 - BANTAM - HOJYO (105) OTMCP_061 - BANTAM - HOJYO (104)

Raichu

Origami, Original Designs

I like pokemon, which should be clear from some of the designs I have. I like Pikachu, too (who doesn’t like Pikachu?), but there’s always been a problem for me with Pikachu. I like Raichu more, but, being the evolution following Pikachu, Raichu tends to be overshadowed. So here’s an origami Raichu.

WKO_046 - RAICHU (104) WKO_046 - RAICHU (105)

I have some zoom-ins of the feet, hands, and tail, but one picture shows the details pretty clearly. Luckily, I was playing around with my camera, so I have some different lighting options. I wonder which is better?

WKO_046 - RAICHU (107) WKO_046 - RAICHU (106)

WKO_046 - RAICHU (110) WKO_046 - RAICHU (109)

Also, fingers crossed for a Detective Pikachu sequel of Detective Raichu!

WKO_046 - RAICHU (102) WKO_046 - RAICHU (101)

WKO_046 - RAICHU (103)

Crease Pattern Challenge 060

Crease Pattern Challenge, Origami

I hope my pictures are good enough, because this one’s really spectacular. Crease Pattern Challenge #60 is KAPPA the Water Imp by Chuya Miyamoto.

OTMCP_060 - KAPPA - MIYAMOTO (108) OTMCP_060 - KAPPA - MIYAMOTO (111)OTMCP_060 - KAPPA - MIYAMOTO (110)

He has a lanky, nearly simian body, webbed fingers, the head dish, scraggly hair, the beak, cute eyes, and an amazing shell. I’m afraid it’s gonna be hard to see in the bright green I used.

OTMCP_060 - KAPPA - MIYAMOTO (107) OTMCP_060 - KAPPA - MIYAMOTO (112)

OTMCP_060 - KAPPA - MIYAMOTO (106) OTMCP_060 - KAPPA - MIYAMOTO (105)

The shell is pretty cool. Below, I have the unfinished shell first. This version is how it’s given in the crease pattern. It could be a mess to show the finished version in the pattern, but it’s clear from the cover and other images. You sink each point in and out a few times to make concentric scutes (the shell sections; yes, I had to look that up).

OTMCP_060 - KAPPA - MIYAMOTO (104) OTMCP_060 - KAPPA - MIYAMOTO (103)

OTMCP_060 - KAPPA - MIYAMOTO (102) OTMCP_060 - KAPPA - MIYAMOTO (113)

Also notable: He is very head and shell heavy. If you make him, his legs almost certainly won’t hold him up, so, if you don’t want him sitting, either his legs should be reinforced or he should have some other structure to hold him up.

OTMCP_060 - KAPPA - MIYAMOTO (101)

OTMCP_060 - KAPPA - MIYAMOTO (109)