The Origami Continues

As I’m sure you’ve noticed by now, I’ve been teaching myself origami.

Many many years ago I was either given, or I purchased for myself, this book.

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Which came with an appropriate pack of paper.

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It’s been floating around with my stuff, and since I started doing this origami thing, it’s been sitting in the box with all my papers.  I finally decided I’d have a go.

It was a little tricky at first, mostly because reading origami patterns is hard for me, and I tend to prefer video instructions.  But these were reasonably clear I suppose, and I ended up with a pair of humping piggies.

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…that don’t really seem like much to me.

Of course, there’s the obligatory penis.

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For that one, I had trouble with the instructions and ended up on YouTube.  Yes, there are instructions for an origami penis on YouTube.  Don’t you love the internet?

The book contained instructions for other models, including humping beavers, a pair of lips, a big red cock (cockerel).  I just found them all rather dull, and the book was relegated to the Stuff To Take To The Charity Shop Bag.  I kept the papers of course.

Another source of patterns that I’ve had floating around for a while is these.

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I downloaded them all months ago, but just haven’t gotten around to doing anything with them.  So my current project is working through them.  The one I started with is this one:

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You open the app and you’re presented with a lovely array of little animals…

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…which you can also see in list form.

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Once you select an animal, you’re taken to the instructions – accompanied by sound effects.

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At first glance, the instructions are quite clear, but there appears to be an error.

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I couldn’t find a way to make the instructions scroll on.  You’re just left with half a sentence.  Fortunately the pieces are all reasonably simple, and I’ve done enough now that by looking at the next picture I could usually extrapolate what was needed.  And I ended up with a gorilla that was supposed to look like this…

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…and came out not far off that.

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He’s a strange colour because I like to use paper I don’t particularly like when testing a new pattern.

I also made a very untidy elephant…

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…and a cute little koala.

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I didn’t make all the other creatures, but I have saved the app and they’re cute little pieces to make for someone who has a favourite animal to stick in a letter or a card or something.


About Colette Horsburgh

A 30-something creator/baker/writer/doodler/crafter living with several (but not enough) scatty animals.
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