Archive for the ‘Insects’ Category



In Insects on September 25, 2013 by romi


This simple representation of a caterpillar is basically a series of waterbomb bases — seven in all — folded from a strip of paper.




In Insects on September 21, 2013 by romi


This is my second dragonfly model, folded starting with a border-grafted waterbomb base.


accordion scorpion

In Insects on August 18, 2013 by romi

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.



In Insects on April 4, 2012 by romi

Base: offset waterbomb base


spider on my Nikon

In Insects on November 4, 2011 by romi

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.


samurai helmet beetle

In Insects on October 27, 2011 by romi

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.


stag beetle

In Insects on October 21, 2011 by romi