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Bullet Rings Origami Tessellation

 I'm still obsessed with variations on 'encapsulated' triangles.  This pattern is interesting in that it contains a shape that is partially rhombic, yet rectangular on its other end.  This results in a pattern where some of the triangles are dominant and others are submissive.  It's just an interesting set of shapes that naturally coalesce on the grid.  It's an intermediate difficulty fold on medium grade paper. Crease pattern is fairly obvious, but I have included it below.  Reverse side does require a little finesse to make it work. It fits perfectly on a 32 pleat grid.   

Hawaiian Leis Origami Tessellation

Building off of some other recent configurations, I came up with this one. You've got the classic rhombus, the triangle and also an elongated rhombus. They alternate to form circular hexagonal shapes.  The back side is a little tricky. There is some freeform diagonal cross creasing required. Nothing super complicated. It's not something you would want to pre-crease. It's easier to just pinch into place as you work.  I was very conscious of trying to fit my idea into my typical 32 pleat grid as my previous idea did not.  Been toying around with the idea of using kraft paper. This seems to be the most economical and sturdy choice for tessellators.  The shapes in this tess are folded in the Scholz style. The points are pushed into and under the cross grid pleats of the adjacent shapes. It's a pretty popular and well documented technique.  Reverse side folding is important and critical to effective completion of the model.  I didn't save a crease pattern, but you can ea

Rhombus Circus Origami Tessellation

So I came up with this tessellation pattern that I really like. I haven't seen it before. That always excites me. Unfortunately it just misses fitting on a 32 pleat grid with any full repetitions. I tried using a 48 pleat grid, but my paper just wasn't sturdy enough. I mapped it all out, but was only able to do the 32 pleat version with the paper that I currently have. .  Some fancy elephant hide paper might be in my future. Depends on how much I obsess about it.  It would also be really cool to see someone else fold it. If some industrious folder were so inclined.  It's a pretty cool design. It's tricky to execute and a somewhat complicated pattern.  The idea started with this single module. It came together rather easily.  How to repeat it didn't come as quickly, but I eventually found it hiding there in the grid and was able to map it all out in detail.  It was really disappointing however, to discover that I wouldn't be able to fold it in all its full repeat

The Wall Flagstone

I screw around with variations on classic shapes and techniques. This is one such result. Close knit rectangles. Similar to the wall of rhombuses flagstone I did recently. Same idea. Different shape. It's good practice for honing your folding technique.  It's a pretty simple design that illustrates another way in which shapes on the grid naturally coalesce.  It's a 32 pleat triangle grid. You might think square grid for rectangles, but no.  I'm back to flat folds after a brief flirtation with the 3D variety.  I can't imagine too many would need it, but there is a crease pattern included below.