This simple representation of a caterpillar is basically a series of waterbomb bases — seven in all — folded from a strip of paper.
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You can’t stop a creative brain;
you can’t tell beforehand what it will come up with:
a bird? a box? or a scorpion?
the thing is when it’s done, the fun is gone.
This is a simple box-pleated scorpion model which I designed and folded using one whole sheet of 8.5″ x 11″ colored paper. Its body is folded like an accordion, hence, the title. 🙂
If you want a more realistic and complex design, try this by Tadashi Mori. The technique introduced by Tadashi in this video is a combination of circle packing and box pleating.
And for the mathematically inclined, here’s how Robert J. Lang did his scorpion model. In this article, he demonstrated the technique of circle packing with the aid of Treemaker, the software he developed for designing origami models.
Both Tadashi and Lang used square paper.
Box pleating is a clever technique in origami especially when your subject is an insect with many appendages. I made use of this technique in folding the spider model above which is based on an 18 x 12 grid. The graphing paper, which is the one I used here, is a very convenient material in designing a box-pleated model.
You may also want to see my butterfly model.
I folded this starting with a waterbomb base — and it took me days to finally figure out the final form using this traditional base. I haven’t seen yet a real samurai helmet beetle, so this model is based on photos and origami models I see in books and internet, including Jun Maekawa’s rather sophisticated version which was my inspiration for the spread wings. The red beetle in the photo below was folded from a 6″ x 6″ origami paper.