My folded collection of complex lobster’s model includes….
This Maine Lobster has a longer body than the other lobster models I have folded. Thought of folding it with an orange kami paper to make it look like cooked lobster, but the size of the paper (25cm x 25cm) seems just a touch smaller than what I would prefer. The final size of model is 12cm in overall length.
Using a homogeneous paper with both sides organe color would be more ideal as I have a hard time trying to ‘conseal’ the white paper.
Shaping the legs is also quite a challenge as the 2 front pairs seems to have too much paper. After much pinching and shaping, the final model still have 2 pairs of ‘fat’ legs.
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….
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.
This is how it begins….
If you are looking for the Crease Pattern, it would look somthing like this…
After just a few folds, here comes the tricky open sink…
OMG, more open sink… This model is full of open sinks, with only one close sink.
Finally the model starts to take shape, but still no sign of the shell yet.
I got carried away when folding the shell… before I realise, the hermit crab is formed. So sorry don’t have in between shots. Here is final result.
The paper I used (25cm square origami paper) is still a bit small. It will be better and easier to fold with larger paper of the size 40cm square and above.
Imagine folding this model with the 80gram plotter paper. Don’t think I ever will try that again. I thought I can compensate the thicker paper with a larger paper. Looks like my 40cmx40cm is still a bit small to chanllenge this model.
When I folded until step 55, the model has already collaped into a stack of triangle about 6mm thick! I start to worry the texture of the plotter paper may not survive the next 80+ steps of folding. : \
The big claw starts to break up at the zig-zag fold, my heart sunken. Should I continue? I started to think whether to just toss it into the dustbin and start a new one. What the hack, might as well just continue for practice fold.
The end result turns out to be more than I expected for what the paper can carry. After much pinching and shaping, the final model look presentable enough for me to post in the page…
When I first saw the CP, it doesn’t look so straight forward like the Dwaft model. Hence I dig and dig the whole web to look for the diagram. I finally found it in the OT Magazine issue #123 and give it a go.
Although the suggested paper size stated to use a 30cmx30cm, I thought using a 25cmx25cm will not hurt much. So after the first 17 steps of folding and creasing, this is what I got.
Comparing it with the CP, there are still a fair amount of folds missing in the paper, so I know it would not be possible to start to collapse the fold into a model and need to continue folding. and finally, vola! a flat model taken shape.
I must admit that I cheated a little cause there are some paper missing after certain steps, and I have to back track a bit to find the ‘missing’ bit. I’m pretty happy to find all the required ‘parts’ of the fiddler crab to be present.
Then came the hard part, shaping the model. Again, the paper just seems slightly smaller for ease of shaping. It has become too thick for some of the legs and I have to pinch them hard with my nail in order to keep them stay in shape. I use to have a pair of pincer for folding small model but it’s a mistake to think that 25cm paper is ‘big’ enough without the aid. And here you have it, the fiddler crab after shaping.
One more thing for this model would be to use homogeneous paper instead of white paper with one side colored. It does shows that white as the fold gets thicker.
As compared to the model by John Montrol and Robert Lang, Brian’s fiddler crab has a slightly nicer body.