Here is another great model designed by Satoshi. Again, the model is folded with EH….
It is a good size of 735mm square and I hate to throw it away. So I have to do more than folding to get this model completed…. I need to conduct a ‘operation’ to save my paper.
Luckily I didn’t throw away the odds and ends of this paper, so it provided me the necessary ‘reinforcemet’ material. All I need now is the bonding agent… the glue. After carefully cut out the tiny strips of ‘reinforcement’ tape, it is spreaded generously with glue sitck.
One by one, the tiny bandage goes on the ‘wound’ of the paper with the tweezer. 1, 2, 3, 4, … total 23 stitches.
After satisfying myself that the paper is ‘well’ to continue the folding journey, I porceed to ‘torture’ it with over hundreds folds and countless in-out sink, open one as well as closed. And the final result is ….
If you look closely at the front right pincer of the crab, you might just see the scar….
Got myself some crumpled paper from the stationary shop and decided to fold the shore crab designed by Brian Chan. But a small accident has caused me some time to prepare the paper for folding.
After the creasing for 40 steps, the crumpled paper looks even more crumpled now.
With a futher 37 steps, after multiple in-out fold and sinks, the intermediate result look very good.
Getting to the final model is quite straight forward until step 85. Brian even commented in his drawing ‘Take your time’ for this step, well I did not take that long. thanks to the crumple paper, the seems almost impossible closed sink fold is a piece of cake.
The only difficuty I faced was the sculpting of the final model. The crumpled paper dose not seem to hold the structure of the model very well as the paper is too soft. After numerous pinching and gathering of the loose paper, the final model is formed, but it looks a bit ‘tired’.
If you don’t mind my folding, the model is actually quite well designed with fine details close to the real crab. Even the under side offers a very nice view….
Ha ha, finally got my hands on 2 sheets of large and thin paper. You can never guess where I have gotten them.
Let me test fold this paper first. If its good, I will share with you where to get them.
Your hand of course.
But when you are challenging yourself to fold something ‘life size’ such as insect and bugs, then you will have to ‘extend’ your fingers with these tools to help access the really tight corners….
Folding origami model with big sheet of paper makes the process a bit easier and also provides opprotunity to create as much details according to the actual subject. Many a time these subjects are much larger in real life. Therefore no matter how big the paper we use, comparatively speaking, it would still be a smaller model.
But when the subject is smal, such as insects and bugs, the challenge would be to fold a ‘life size’ model ‘as big as’ what you would see in actual life. This turns out to be even more difficult as the small details would be limited by the paper thinkness. The shrimp designed by Fernando is such a model where folding it with big paper would distort its impact on the difficulty.
The folding of this model is very straight forward, not many difficult ‘sinks’ to accomplish and little ambiguity in the folding steps. but when you try to fold it in ‘life size’, how you wish you have smaller fingers. Therefore to fold such small model, we would need to use some ‘tools‘. Look closely, can you see the eyes?
I got such a hard time trying to keep the body stay folded down for this photo shoot ….
This model use the color change technique. You can see the designer cleverly uses the color on the reverse side of the paper to fold the feelers. I will show more models folded with color change technique next time.