Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Eddie's Guitar

For my english class, we had to make a piece of art or poetry (or a song) that had to do with symbolism in the book "Losing Eddie" by Deborah Joy Corey. It wasn't a particularly good book, but I did think of one part that I could possible fold. I decided to fold Eddie's red electric guitar which he received from his father after getting back from reform school. The guitar didn't mean much to Eddie, but to his father it was a way of trying to fix his sons wild ways.
I first tried to fold the model diagonally, but that turned out messy and too small. I then went on to make the basic shape out of a 4:1 rectangle, which is how I decided on how I would make the color changes. I ended up doing the same thing as when I only made the shape of the guitar, plus some squashes and color changes.
Guitar CP

The color changes on the body and head are done by squashing the bottom two corner flaps irregularly and by the valley fold at the top. The model does take a look of time to shape, especially on the color change on the body.
Guitar, Ryan MacDonell
Guitar, Ryan MacDonell

Tuesday, April 22, 2008


This month, the french forum gave a very interesting challenge. The challenge is called "Chauvinism" (which is believing that your group people, such as race or gender or whatever else, is better than another group of people). Normally, chauvinism isn't usually very nice. However, the point of this challenge is to fold whatever makes your country, province (state), city or wherever you live special.
I may need to explain why I chose a cow. First of all, I've lived my entire life in a house beside a farm, which is owned by my family. It is a dairy farm, so there are a lot of cattle, and also some cats which I'm responsible for. However, cats aren't really what makes where I live special. The "place" that I live in is known regionally for being small, too small to be considered a village. There are quite a few farms in this tiny space, though. That is my reason for folding a cow, because of all the farms that are nearby.
The CP, as you will probably notice, is a bit weird. The top left-hand section is made by folding a 22.5° angle from the bottom corner, and the bottom right-hand section is made by pinching from the bottom corner to the corner of the top section, and then from the bottom corner to the pinch.

From there, different parts of the model can be color changed with a simple wrapping around of some layers. Sadly, I didn't get any color changes near the back, and I wasn't able to include udders either.
Cow, Ryan MacDonell
Cow, Ryan MacDonell

Saturday, April 19, 2008

The phone of tomorrow?

This month, the challenge on the english forum is "Folding Out of Time", or in other words, folding something from the future or the past. I decided that one of the easiest things to fold would be a cellphone, and it would also be one of the smallest things. However, this model can just be a normal cellphone if folded from the right size of paper. Here is the CP that I ended up with, based mostly on thirds.

It may be hard to figure out, but the top corners make the color changed screen and the X around the middle on the right makes the antenna. Most of it is just mountain folds and valley folds.
Cellphone, Ryan MacDonell
Cellphone, Ryan MacDonell

Thursday, April 17, 2008

More Color Changes

Another thing that I discovered recently using the same idea as my Tetris model is that you can make a color change spiral using the squash-and-valley-fold color changing technique (like on my Christmas Tree model). It is a rater boxy spiral, with all of the angles at 90°, but it is nevertheless a spiral. The CP for this model wasn't too hard to draw, mainly because it is a pattern, but that pattern might somewhat hard to pick out. I've used a red line to show the main part of the pattern.

As you can see, the red line runs diagonally starting at the corner, and then it turns 90° at the center and goes half as far, and then half as far as that, and so on. It also connects to a box, which is one quarter the size of the last one each time. The way to fold this is to start with a preliminary base with 3 flaps facing one way, and then a valley fold through the flat part to make the color change. Then all you need to do is use the corner flap that is sticking out and do the squash-and-valley-fold color changing technique. Then repeat again with the corner flap that comes out of doing that, except be sure to squash in the top space. I hope that helps!
Color Change Spiral, Ryan MacDonell

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Home on the Range

I recently started off trying to fold a bull, but I ended up with something that could pass as a bull, but looks more like something else: a bison, commonly mistaken as a buffalo. The shape of the head and the large hump on the back was what led me to name this design. The CP started off as a common animal CP- four legs, a head and a tail. Then I worked more on the head, and ended up shaping the back in the process. Here is my CP for the bison:
Bison CP

It ends out a bit long, so you need to crimp the end to make it shorter. The back is make from thinning the front legs. Good luck!
Bison, Ryan MacDonell
Bison, Ryan MacDonell

Tuesday, April 8, 2008


My friend in school has been asking me to fold him a duck for a long time now, mainly because he likes ducks. I had forgotten for a long time, until about a week ago when he reminded me. I told him that it would go on my list of things to fold.
So today I tried it in school (that hasn't happened in school, not since the Igloo) and the first time I ended up with something that looked vaguely like a duck, but quite ugly too. So, I tried again with the same base, but this time made it more like a cartoon duck. Here is that CP that I used:
Duck CP

The model shouldn't be too hard to fold, just be careful of the color changes The feet and legs can be color changed, and the beak probably can too.
Duck, Ryan MacDonell
Duck, Ryan MacDonell

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Color Change and Counting

To be honest, I never thought that I'd see the two combined. I've seen the origami numbers, but never something that changes numbers with one simple fold. I was recently playing around with color changes, basing it on the square of color change in corners (as seen on my Christmas tree). I ended up having a model that has 5 parts that can be changed with one fold each, and a really confusing CP. Lets start with the CP.
Tetris CP

As you can see, it may be a bit hard to figure out, but I'm sure that it can be done. That CP should fold this:
Tetris, Ryan MacDonell

No try unfolding some flaps. There are 16 possible combinations, and most of them look like Tetris pieces, so I decided to name the model Tetris. Here are minimum and maximum amount of shown squares:
Tetris, Ryan MacDonell
Tetris, Ryan MacDonell