The Smart Waterbomb (Design by Philip Chapman-Bell)

Smart Waterbomb (Design by Philip Chapman-Bell)
Smart Waterbomb (Design by Philip Chapman-Bell)

I find the models on the blog – The Fitful Flog – really intriguing and pretty. Most of the models are based on tessellations and can be folded with common printer paper or construction / kraft paper. The ideas in this blog are ingenious and the blogger even provides links to PDF downloads of diagrams to most of the models presented on the site.

I have never tried folding any design from here coz I am not good at CPs at all and unfortunately, almost all of the diagrams on the site are CPs with some being accompanied by worded instructions which always get me confused.

However, this time, I found this particular model which is pretty easy to construct but a tad tricky to fold. Oschene as the blogger is known has even gone to the extent of recording an instructional video on this model and posting it on his site. I hope you find it easy to follow.

Instructions to folding the Smart Waterbomb:

All you need is a circular piece of paper. My advice would be to start off with a fairly large circle measuring 8 to 10 inches in diameter. You can use common printer paper or even wrapping paper for this model. However, it should not be flimsy or thin as the model will not “stay” very well. This is the instructional video from the post by Philip Chapman-Bell.

Water bomb Tessellation (Design by Eric Gjerde)

Waterbomb Tessellation (Design by Eric Gjerde)
Waterbomb Tessellation (Design by Eric Gjerde)

This is my second tessellation design this year and I must say I am quite enjoying these. One can find this particular model in the book Origami Tessellations: Awe-Inspiring Geometric Designs, By Eric Gjerde in the ‘beginner’ project section; hence this is one of the simple models in this book.

It takes around 15 minutes to fold this model and one can decide the end formation i.e. a ‘spread out’ water bomb design or a tightly held water bomb design. This choice has a lot to do with the type of paper you select to begin your folding.

Paper to use:

I cut a 12-inch square sheet from a roll of wrapping paper, which I had with me. This is because I wanted a larger sized tessellation. The ideal size to start off with is 15 cm or 6-inches which is the size of paper you get in the origami packs.

How to fold this model:

Sara Adams has uploaded a very detailed instructional video on this model, which one can follow easily. She has used a 6-inch sheet of paper in that.

My next attempt in the category of tessellations would be the high-density hydrangea by Shuzo Fujimoto. I find that design looking really pretty.