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Embracing the Triangles

I've been screwing around with the natural folds of a triangle grid. It's a little less intense than flagstones,  but has a similar feel and result. This one is all triangles. Which, up until this point, I had not realized was a natural fold. I don't know how I've spent so many hours folding tessellations without coming across this sooner. It's just natural triangles on the front and hex twists on the rear. When I got to the edge I went with rhombuses as that made more sense. The folds on the back overlap a lot, but it's nothing unmanageable.

Narrow Bridges Origami Tessellation

Combining open back hexagons with regular heagon twists has been something that I've wanted to do. This tessellation uses a lot of offset folds to achieve that. It's just a bizarre crease pattern that was not easy to fold. The first time didn't work out. The second try did. It backlights very nicely. There's a lot going on in there. You can see the open back hexes dominating the front of the design. There are large triangles right off of those. The regular hex twists land on the rear. As do some triangles which are natural to the grid. I didn't see those triangles at first. When I finally did, it all came together. My first attempt was unsuccessful. The paper was a little weak for the task. I kept that for the crease pattern and tried again. Overall, the second attempt was pretty successful. I got frustrated with the edges. Those are always a pain when they result in partial folds. It's tough to get them to comply. Still, I'm pleased with des

Natural Rhombus Flowers Tessellation

I recently did a tessellation that used the smallest natural rhombuses in a triangle grid. I can't believe this hasn't occurred to me sooner. If you're familiar with triangle grids you know that two triangles form a rhombus natural to the grid. These are the rhombuses that were used in this design. There are small hexes on the rear center of the rhombuses. There are also small hexes on the front surrounding the rhombuses. Some triangles on the rear as well to make it all work. It was moderately difficult to execute. Mostly just because it caused the paper to curl up a lot. The folds weren't difficult, but seeing what you were folding was. When I search for tessellations and crease patterns I don't come across ones like this. It's similar to a flagstone with a less complicated rear. Everything on the front flows together without much issue other than the fact that there is a lot of overlap in the background. Some people must have come across this pos
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