Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Office frog

Here we see the office frog in its native habitat -- the office. The office frog is a traditional model folded from a 4"x6" index card. (They had 4"x6" index cards in ancient Japan? Just go with it.) Folding directions can be found in many places -- searching the Internet for "index card frog" will bring up some good links.

The office frog is springy and can be made to jump by pressing down on its rear end and releasing.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Candy dish

No, this is not the maw of a primordial carnivorous plant. It's actually a lovely candy dish! (Or maybe that's what it wants you to think. Reach in for the candy... and snap!)

My friends Zadam and Zann took a nice trip to Taiwan and Japan this summer. On the way back, they brought me back some beautiful origami paper from Tokyo. This dish was folded from one of the sheets.

The dish is folded from a single square of 5 7/8" paper. It is 5 7/8" from point to point, with a 2 1/4" square base. The dish is 1" deep. This model is adapted from a design by Mitsué Nakano; directions may be found in Kunihiko Kasahara's Origami Omnibus.