My "Intermediate Origami" course focuses mainly on flowers and marine life, which are often very complicated and difficult to fold. But I needed a relatively easy fold that fit into one of those two categories to start with - something not too terribly difficult, but also not for absolute beginners, just to get the ball rolling. Significantly easier than the shark, dolphin, walrus, or turtle, my solution was the sperm whale.
All origami projects are open to personalization and experimentation, but the sperm whale is particularly so. Following the directions will produce this:
But, of course, that's just one way. Here are many others. Notice the difference (some subtle, some not so subtle) between these folds, mostly on the tail.
Most of these folds are quite small in stature, the result of using 6" x 6" paper ...
... but I've always wanted to try substantially larger paper. And what better project to do so than a whale? Using an old CT Transit brochure, I was able to start with an 18" x 18" paper, thus creating a product thrice as large:
Like the shark, the walrus is categorized as "hard/intermediate" due to instruction extrapolation (taking marked directions from one flap and applying those same folds to another unmarked flap) and the number of minute folds (too small to indicate on the paper) required to make a realistic product. Particularly after folds 7 and 8, minor adjustments are required but there is no good way to show it on the instruction sheet. Instead, common sense, trial and error, experience, and a higher difficulty rating will have to suffice.
Following the directions exactly will produce this:
But comparing this to the completed patterns below, you will notice many small discrepancies: 1. the color and curvature of the tusks, 2. the crown of the head has been rounded and often glued together, 3. the flippers and lower shoulders are often folded an extra time or rounded, 4. I had to inset a penny into the posterior most of these walruses (walri?) to keep the animal's balance back, otherwise they tend to fall forwards onto their heads. These and other modifications are strongly encouraged.
I had to have at least one psychedelic walrus, for fairly obvious reasons. (Also notice the flippers have been folded an extra time.)
NOTE: Similar to the shark, the reason this project is categorized as "Hard" is not actually because the folds are difficult - the basic folds are actually relatively easy - but rather because so much is left to the folder to decide. Following the directions exactly will produce this:
But there are many additional folds that could not be replicated in the instructions due to their intricacy. Note the differences between the above dolphin and those below, particularly (1) the thinner nose, (2) the fore fins, and (3) the curve of the dorsal fin. These extra steps and folds are not included in the directions, but such experimentation and fine-tuning is strongly encouraged. That extra independence required of the folder is what makes this project a "Hard" fold.
Difficulty: Very Easy
My 8 March 2013 blog about origami prompted me to launch a second blog, one dedicated solely to origami. This way, as I complete instructional sheets, I can post them directly to this blog and it will not interfere with my Beatles blog.