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MAKE Flickr Pool Weekly Roundup

Leading off our Flickr pool round-up this week is a hot little red-headed astromech from Atlanta Mini Maker Faire, photographed by Chris Palmer. Other highlights include wooden gears, a homemade high-polish "dishing hammer," and some more workshop pr0n. Check it out!

New Paper Heads

A few heads showing off some of the latest technology. All are from uncut paper rectangles (Canson or Fabriano), pretreated with methyl cellulose and a light ink wash. The beard-nose-mouth uses a folding concept mostly worked out six months ago; the eyebrows and "wheat-sheath" motif I came up with in the last few weeks. Show More Summary

Papercraft Firefly Gun

Leo Firebrand wrote in with his papercraft Mal’s gun from the TV show Firefly. The first challenge was the wood grips both in painting and building. To achieve the curve shape of the wood I first carved the grip shape from floral foam and then stretched some lightly wetted paper over the form. Once the [...]

2nd Latin American Origami Congress

I’m heading out to Santiago, Chile in a few days for the 2nd Latin American Origami Congress on August 25th – 27th, where I am one of the invited presenters. It is being held at the Universidad de Las Américas, who are kindly sponsoring the [...]

Horse Heads

I doodled something along these lines 6 or 7 years ago, then discovered that the broader theme of Animal Heads in origami was being extensively studied by the South Americans-- Daniel Naranjo and (I think) Fabean Correa in Colombia, and Roman Diaz in Uruguay. Show More Summary

Papercraft Nyan Cat Automata

Rachel @ CRAFT points to this print-at-home papercraft Nyan Cat automata. This project combines so many meme types, I think I just blew a circuit.

Free Download: Hackerspace Passport

Another wonderful idea from Mitch Altman: Here is a 14-page download-and-print hackerspace passport you can carry on your travels to commemorate and advertise all the cool community workspaces you've visited.

Cairo Tessellation

A few years ago, I had the pleasure of visiting Ramin Razani at his house in Florence. An architect, he has a large collection of books- including a set in Farsi on zillij, the patterns and methods used to construct the geometries of traditional Islamic architectural tilings [...]

Origami Crane Flaps its Wings With Memory Alloy

This crane uses HT Flexinol actuator wire to flap (or more accurately, curl) its wings when the circuit is closed. Created by Jie Qi of MIT’s Hi-Low Tech group. Electronic Origami Flapping Crane via openMaterials.

stars and leaves

stars and leaves, originally uploaded by Imagirom. Saw this beautiful piece by Imagirom, a newcomer to our Origami Tessellations group on Flickr. He’s been folding some great things lately, and this one really struck me. I like the way it’s … Continue reading ?

dodecagon flagstone CP

dodecagon flagstone, originally uploaded by EricGjerde. Here’s a basic crease pattern for a dodecagonal flagstone pattern, overlaid on top of a triangular grid. The spacing between the hinges is not equal all around the dodecagon, but the actual tessellation itself … Continue reading ?

a new work, and Ohio

a new work, originally uploaded by EricGjerde. I recently finished this piece and sent it off for a show in Ohio (The FAVA Folding Festival, organized by James Peake and Ray Schamp). I think it’s making it’s way from there … Continue reading ?

Rhombic Flowers

Hi everyone, I’m getting all packed and ready to head off to Japan tomorrow for the JOAS convention this weekend in Tokyo! They’ve honored me quite a bit by inviting me there as a guest, and I hope to make … Continue reading ?

Mother and Child

Mother and Child, originally uploaded by cedison. Christine Edison posted photos of this absolutely stunning piece. I am always impressed by her ability to take ideas and use them in new ways, creating completely unique and fascinating works. She’s been … Continue reading ?

OMG NYC meeting, April 2009

20090418_1325, originally uploaded by one97tom. I visited the great people at OMG NYC (Origami Meetup Group NYC) last April, and taught some tessellation basics and a few models while I was there. My friends Christine Edison and Adrienne Sack were … Continue reading ?

Which School? Help!

I’m writing today to ask for your advice. Over the last five years, I have come quite far – rediscovering and developing an art form which is fairly unique, meeting many like-minded and gifted artists, and making friends all over … Continue reading ?

Hanatsubaki Magazine, Nov 2008, No. 701

Hanatsubaki, Nov 2008, No. 701, originally uploaded by EricGjerde. Shiseido’s in-house fashion magazine, Hanatsubaki (Camelia Flower). Shiseido is a high-end Japanese cosmetics company, and Hanatsubaki has been in continuous print since 1937 with a subscriber base of over 9 million. … Continue reading ?

Oceania Box by Christine Edison

Oceania Box, originally uploaded by cedison. Our friend Christine Edison posted these fantastic boxes – something she first made about four years ago. The blue one is a new version, slightly modified with additional pleats, and she’s thinking of teaching … Continue reading ?

Working Three Fingered Paper Claw

Wicked mechanical papercraft from Instructables user dombeef. I actually made a remarkably similar model when I was but a lad, but it didn't turn out nearly as well as this one. It's his entry in their ongoing Toy Challenge.

Fashion in Bloom

In origami it is the smooth surface and clean initial shape that I love, out of which erupts 3D form and line and texture, catching the eye at every instant.This eruption out of purity and simplicity, and the retention of it for as long...Show More Summary

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