Crease Pattern Challenge #65 in Origami Tanteidan Magazine Issue 121 is Naoki Takeda’s Tengu. This is probably my favourite Crease Pattern Challenge, at least so far. It’s sort of complex, but I’ve made it a few times.
Tengu are Japanese monster-demon-things that range from goblins to bird men (frequently crows). Probably the most common version is a man with a long nose (or even beak) with wings, like this one. But this model has a whole kimono, as well as fans, tengu geta, bushy eyebrows, and a beard.
There are a few things different in mine than the final model shown in Tanteidan. The head looks a bit different and the fans are squished and spread a bit earlier to give the impression of hands. These I don’t know if I could get to look that good with the size of paper I used. The end model has pleating in the wings. I guess I just like how the wings look without the pleats. Another thing I’m not sure about why are the flaps at the sides of the kimono. I’m not sure if I’m messing something up or like it that way when I make them.
Anyway, it’s an absolutely amazing model.
Challenge #64 is Jason Ku’s Bicycle v1.8. I feel like this is one of those more academic models, showing techniques for making wheels and bars that you might not think would be possible from a square of paper.
The bars that form a “V” lightly lock in to the lower horizontal bar, but they keep coming loose in mine. The most prominent feature is the wheels, but it has a seat, handlebars, pedals, and a kickstand.
I don’t really find a bicycle an “exciting” origami model, but it’s really fascinating that it can be made from a flat square without cutting it.
Tanteidan’s Crease Pattern Challenge #63 is Hoang Tien Quyet’s Fox. It’s a very stylized model with a crease pattern that isn’t as simple as it looks. It’s very elegant, and it’s one of these models I’ve made a few times before. This time, I found some of the older ones.
Here are three foxes, with one out of store origami paper. They all ended up with different faces.
I should probably look into wet folding techniques (I use water sometimes, but it’s not the same), because these would look even better with more developed curves. The sharpness in these ones looks pretty good to tho.
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.
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.
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.
One of the pyramids would be a different colour with reverse colour paper. I put dots on it to kind of illustrate that.
This is an interesting model, as it takes a modular model and makes it with a single sheet.
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.
There’s a sort of fluffiness throughout this one. It’s really neat against the crispness of the head and the nearly hidden feet.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Crease Pattern Challenge #59 is Horiguchi Naoto’s Brontotherium. It’s a prehistoric animal that’s like a rhinoceros. But it has two horns. So like, a binoceros.
It looks like what I took for a lower mouth/jaw should have been the entire lower head, with the horn part being just horns. That’s why mine has a wicked underbite.
Generally, I’m not too enthusiastic about prehistoric bi-rhinoceros. However, it’s a good model. It feels kind of soothing for some reason. I especially like the eyes part.
Challenge 58 in issue 114 is Seth Friedman’s Eagle.
This is a model that requires a lot of shaping, but it’s not some crazy amount. So, I like it, but I used paper that was too small (again), so I couldn’t really get the minor details. But then I really liked my (°o°) eagle. So I’m posting my tiny, surprised version of this model.
It’s a lot of eagle.
The luxury edition comes with so much more eagle.
Issue 113’s Challenge is Satoshi Kamiya’s Praying Mantis!
I don’t have much to say this time because I’ve already gone on a lot about Kamiya’s amazing designs.
Besides looking good, this model has a very slight asymmetry in the tail, which is neat. Also, his arms slightly remind me of a t-rex’s arms. I suppose that’s just all praying mantis arms though.
The only other thing I can think of vaguely related to Satoshi Kamiya is that he added a Kirin to his online gallery last year. I hope he puts out a crease pattern of that one sometime.
Crease Pattern Challenge #56 is Hitoshi Kakami’s Coelacanth. I’m glad this is written, because I’m not sure how to pronounce that.
This one has a reference guide on half of the pattern. In spite of this, there was some point I had a lot of trouble finding. This is also one of the ones I folded a long time ago, took insufficient pictures of, and lost. Instead of finding that tricky point again, I copied and printed the pattern and folded that for pictures of the details.
In an interesting coincidence, I tried to find reference points with someone on a message board for a crease pattern model in Calico’s Origami Aquarium. I like Calico’s models, and even made my own Zapdos mainly because there was no crease pattern for Calico’s. The coincidental part is that Calico is Hitoshi Kakami.
There are a lot of great models on that site, but, unfortunately, only a few have crease patterns. Even then, there is a big jump between crease pattern and final model. Since the reference points on this crease pattern are given (and I forgot what else I did), I have my reference points for the model we were looking for on the board, Calico’s Rattata. Below is how to get the reference points, the folded crease pattern, and the shaped model.
The funny thing is my reference point method is slightly off. People go on a lot about how perfect you need to get things, but that’s not perfectly true. I think I push the limit of how slipshod you can be though.