I had taken a rather long break from folding origami and I hope to be back more regularly this year. We had a baby girl in September 2019 and my husband and I are absolutely thrilled. As you can imagine, with a baby, paper folding was on the back burner for a bit.
This model – Zoe’s Swirl – is one I have designed myself and named after my daughter. I came up with this design playing around with post it notes, which has now become a habit of mine in my very less spare time that I have.
It’s folded from 8 sheets of square paper and I have used Japanese Washi Paper which you can find on Amazon. This paper is plain on one side and printed on the other which makes a nice contrast when folding this design. The size of each of the sheets is 4 inches and completed model is around 5 inches in diameter. Since the folding sequence involves a sink, I have marked it as intermediate. However, the rest of the folding steps are relatively easy.
I was fiddling around with Mette Pederson’s Modular ring units today and came up with this design for a ‘tire’ like ring which I think looks pretty nice. This is the first time I have ever modified a design to come up with a variation and I am pretty satisfied with it. I really do not know if diagrams or this design has already been published somewhere. So if in case you do know of any, do let me know and I shall update this post accordingly.
This model is 3D, in the sense that it is not thin and flat. However, since the ‘edges’ of the ring are pointed it does not lie on its side very easily. I had to balance it against the wall to take a picture. The side view reminds me of a very popular origami vase design (whose designer I seem to now forget) and the alternate / rear view of this ring / tire is more ‘open’ as compared to the top side – as you can see from the pictures.
I have used Kami paper, which is single side colored measuring 3 inches in size. This model also requires 12 sheets to form the tire / ring and is quite easy to fold.
I would like to fold this model again with larger paper so that the assembly will be easier. In this case, since I chose to try out this variation with 3 inch sized paper, it became a bit difficult towards the end – during the assembly. The units kept popping out of their slots since the ‘space’ between / towards the centre of the unit wasn’t much to accomodate movement of the units.
I am still on the hunt for easy to fold modular designs which do not require more than 16 – 18 sheets of paper. I have found yet another one in Paolo Bascetta’s variation of the Santiago Ring. Well actually, this is also a variation of Mette Pederson’s Ring, too.
This model took me around half an hour to fold (all units) and includes assembly time, too. It was surprisingly quick and easy to fold and the assembly is also quite simple. The ‘pockets’ which are formed with the ends of the paper holds when the units are interconnected.
As with most modulars, you can attempt folding this design with almost any kind of paper you have except delicate tissue paper, which of course will not ‘stand’ / be firm when you finish assembling the ring.
Paper to use:
As you must be aware, modular pieces are good for using those left over papers, which you have. Kami or common origami paper is a great a choice for these models along with thicker kinds such as kraft paper and elephant hide. I have used 15 cms or 5 7/8 inches single side colored kami paper to fold the ring you see in the image. You will have to start folding with the white side facing upwards / you.
If you make a clever paper design / pattern choice, you can form other patterns within the ring as long as you fold the paper in the appropriate manner. If you see my rendition of the model, you can see a whitish cloud like pattern running in the form of a rin towards the center. I ended up with this, by simply starting to fold the patterned paper in the same angle / way – for all sheets, keeping a certain white blotch I saw on the sheet on the bottom right (whilst folding).
How to fold these units:
The diagrams to Paolo Bascetta’s Modular ring are available in Vicente Palacios’ Papiroflexia Coleccion. However, for those of you who do not have that book, you can also follow this tutorial:
You can find Mette Pederson’s Ring Diagrams here. In order to modify the folding to get the block like design of Paolo Bascetta’s, in step 9 (in the folding sequence, instead of folding a mountain fold as shown in the diagram, make 2 mountain folds on either side. These 2 mountain folds can be made equidistant from the center and the line made by the flap folded over. The width – between the folds you make – will indicate how ‘thick’ or wide ur model will be i.e. each unit when you interlock them.