Mohalia Madness

Back in December I made my first rendition of Ancella Simoe’s Mohalia, a modular origami model she created. Before I even finished it I knew I wanted to try creating some of my own papers to take full advantage of the design.

Ancella mentions in her blog post that the dahlia was her inspiration for the design, so I started with a Google image search. As usual this led from one place to another, to another,  and several hours later, when I finally managed to drag myself out of the web I had collected some very inspiring images to work from.

Eventually I got around to creating a couple patterns, testing and refining them. If I do say so myself they turned out extremely well, and everyone I’ve shown them to agrees.

Custom Mohalia Papers

Custom Mohalia Papers

 

 

Between folding and assembling my first four or five “flowers”, I had worked up a couple more patterns. However, I had also learned that it takes a couple hours to build the things.  I didn’t particularly want to waste time and money printing and folding patterns that I may not really like in the end.  So, I fired up my favourite 3D program (Metasequoia) and created a 3D model of a finished Mohalia flower. Now I can test my patterns by applying them to the model as a texture. To test and refine the model I applied my first couple patterns and compared to the actual finished product. As you can see from the images below it works pretty darn well (click the image for a larger view). While not perfect, the textured 3D model gives an excellent preview of what the finished product will look like.

Comparison-Moonfire

Moonfire Render compared to actual build

Comparison-JohnsDahlia

Johns Dahlia render compared to actual build

 

Below are some previews of other patterns I’ve created. When I get around to making the actual flowers I’ll post pictures of the finished items. In a future post I’ll show some of the images I used for inspiration, what the pattern piece looks like, and talk a bit about the process I used.

Enjoy!

Render-Burn

Render of custom pattern “Burn”

Render-Burn2

Render of custom pattern “Burn2″

 

 

Render-Pink Dahlia

Render of custom pattern Pink Dahlia

Render-Pink Dahlia2

Render of custom pattern Pink Dahlia2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Recent Projects

Lately I’ve been on an origami kick, particularly modular origami. Here I’ll post a collection of my latest projects, as well as a teaser or two of things to come.

Click on the pictures for a larger view, and for more pictures of the various projects.

Three Swans

Three swans in different sizes & styles. Click for more pictures.

Modular Swans

A few months ago I finished my first modular swan as a gift for a friend. I also bought a small glass dome with a wooden display base for it (see the images).

That project led to me making three more for display (and hopefully sale) in the gift shop at the local airport, where I work part-time. I’ve since made two more, one of which was sold, and the other is on consignment at our local book store.

Flying Crane

Flying Crane. Click for more pictures

Crane

This flying crane is from the same book as my original swan, “Modular Origami, Step by Step”. The book is no longer in print, and is very expensive on the used market, but it’s a great book. The book calls for two different sized triangles, but I used three sizes. This crane is also on display at the airport gift shop. One day a lady commented that she’d love a Canada Goose made in this way, which leads to the next project.

Canada Goose

My first Canada Goose. Click for more pictures.

Canada Goose

Based on the pattern for the crane, above , I created a Canada Goose using brown, black and white triangles, also in three different sizes. I simplified the pattern for the neck, thereby reducing the total number of pieces required, and giving what I think is a nicer overall look.

I’ve documented the pattern and piece sizes I used so you can download it and make your own.

Download the pattern.

Modular Dragon

While surfing around and looking at what other people have made using this modular method I ran across several dragons like this one at deviantart and decided that I had to make one too. Some experimenting led to the basic design shown here. I’ve done some additional experimenting with the head (click the image here to see more)  and am now busy folding triangles so I can continue the assembly. Later I’ll work out how to attach the legs, document it all and post the pattern and instructions.

Dragon - Basic body pattern

Dragon – Basic body pattern

 

Hidden Stuff

Small swan on scale cube

Small swan on 5cm scale cube

My first swan in display dome

My first swan in display dome

New swan in Glass Dome

New Swan in Glass Dome

 
Three Swans

Three swans on the mantle


Flying Crane

Flying Crane


Flying Crane

Flying Crane


Dragon Head

Dragon Head (incomplete)

Dragon body sample

Dragon body sample

 
My Second Canada Goose

My Second Canada Goose


Just another shot of Canada Goose

Just another shot of Canada Goose


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Mohalia by Ancella Simoes

Mohalia, original design by Ancella Simoes

Mohalia, original design by Ancella Simoes

Here’s a beautiful modular origami flower I made recently. This is an original design by Ancella Simoes. Her original post shows a beautiful example of what you can achieve with the right paper. Her site has lots of other great stuff too so be sure to check it out. Click the images for a larger view.

I picked up some Kimono patterned paper at our local book store and chose this one to try out the design. I’m very happy with the results.

The modular components are very easy to make. The original design called for 16 pieces, but mine ended up only using 15. Apparently some variation in my folding or assembly affected the number of pieces required in the final flower.

Mohalia in sunlight

Mohalia in sunlight

This is a very elegant design and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes modular origami. The instructions are available in issue 2 of Reference Fold, a free, downloadable e-book by Joshua Goutam. Click the link above and scroll down a bit to find the download link. There are several other free origami e-books you can download there as well, including Reference Fold #1.

Enjoy!

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Modular Origami Ornament

A couple of years ago my son and I were Christmas shopping at the local mall. Numerous vendors rent tables in the mall at this time of year, and at one of these we found a delightful young Asian lady selling these beautiful modular origami ornaments. Being interested in all things paper I stopped to ask her about them. Not only did she tell me all about them, she gave me a copy of the instructions, showed me how to fold the pieces, how to assemble them, and how to assemble the final product. We gratefully bought one of her ornaments (for a mere 8$) and carried on with our shopping.

As the following Christmas approached I finally got arounMy First Modular Origami Ornamentd to trying one myself. This, one, in simple red and green became a Christmas gift for my mother.  I didn’t have any good origami paper, so this is a plain “folding paper” which is the same color on both sides. Traditional origami paper is colored on one side and white on the other.

I was quite pleased with the result of my My Second Modular Origami Ornamentfirst ornament (and my mother loved it, of course),  so, when I finally got hold of some proper origami paper I had to make another one. You can see how the white underside adds detail to the individual “flower” sections in the final product.

If you’re interested in learning more you’ll find an excellent tutorial on this particular ornament at “Folding Trees“.  An excellent collection illustrating the amazing variety that can be realized with this technique can be found at Kusudama.me. And of course, if you search for “kusudama” you’ll find hundreds more.

Oh, and last but not least, I have to share a great laugh I got as I was uploading the images for this post.  My typing skills are average at best, and after uploading the first image I was typing the caption “My First Origami Ornament”. However, I made a couple of typos and got “Modular Origasmi POrnament“. What are the chances of two typos working so well together?

Enjoy!

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Modular Origami Swan

A couple of years ago I saw some pictures and patterns on the internet for this beautiful modular origami swan. The swan was made from about 500 triangular pieces, each folded from small rectangles of paper.

Image - Modular Origami Swan

Modular Origami Swan

I decided that I wanted to make one, and went looking for a pattern. The pattern I settled on required about 400 triangles. I started folding the pieces, and eventually I got them all made and started assembling the swan, but over time other things took priority. Recently I decided to get that project finished, and I’m happy to say it turned out beautifully.

If your interested in more there is a good instructable by krysteanuh on instructables.com (Modular Origami Swan) and if you search on youtube you will find many examples and some good tutorials. You can make all kinds of amazing things with this same technique.

 

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