Crease Patterns: Large Vases

I recently posted photos of several large-scale origami pieces I folded. These pieces incorporate painted diagonal elements, but the folded patterns are not much more complicated than the ones from the series of tutorials I wrote a while back.

Here are the crease patterns for two of those pieces (and a few more comments below):

Turquoise Vase

Turquoise Vase

Crease pattern for turquoise vase

Crease pattern for turquoise vase

Purple Vase

Purple Vase

Crease pattern for purple vase

Crease pattern for purple vase

In both of these pieces the painted regions have sinusoidally curved edges that in the folded form create the illusion of flat planes. This is all based on geometry: a plane that cuts through a cylinder at an angle creates a sine wave when the cylinder is unrolled. My forms are more complicated than just cylinders and there are places where the paper overlaps. That means a sine wave doesn’t create a perfect plane, but it’s close enough for the eye to follow.

The crease pattern for the turquoise vase is exactly the type of pattern I described in my earlier tutorials. The purple vase is similar – the top section follows the same type of pattern, and the bottom part is a simple corrugated pattern I previously used in my diamond vases. The corrugation requires some extra glue at the base, but it’s a similar level of difficulty to fold as the curved-crease pleats.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *