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Large origami

Postby koolkat » May 31st, 2008, 8:35 am

Hi. I am new to origami and I have to produce a few large scale ones for a community project I am doing in the summer. I still have to decide how 'large', however, I would like some advice on simple diagrams.

I would like to produce at least one flower and one bird, as I said, the most basic ones will do. I have tried my hand at some (such as the crane and a lily flower) as they kept appearing the most in books and on the net, but I wonder if there are others that would be easier on a large scale.Any suggestions?

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Postby origami_8 » May 31st, 2008, 10:41 am

On David Petty's homepage you can find a growing list of diagrams for traditional Origami models, most of them are really simple, just have a look:
http://members.aol.com/ukpetd/model_of_ ... choice.htm
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Postby Max » May 31st, 2008, 10:53 am

If you consider folding really large models (0,5 to 1m or bigger) search for thick paper. Especially when folding basic, easy designs your creations won't hold in shape with normal wrapping paper.

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Large scale origami

Postby koolkat » June 1st, 2008, 8:10 pm

Thank you very much for your replies. I'll try with the small ones first and progress. I'll let you know the results. Thank you
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Postby wolis » June 2nd, 2008, 1:25 pm

Large origami is an interesting concept.

I folded a crane out of a paper 1m square (it was acting as a cheap disposable table cloth in a cafe) that then inspired me to try a masu box - A1 paper.

It is fun wrestling with a gigantic piece of paper.

The interesting thing was that A1 just isnt big enough. I have contemplated cutting large sheets of corrugated cardboard and masking taping where the folds are.. not quite origami but really large thick paper is hard to come by.

I found art supply shops have a wonderful array of large and thick paper all A1 or smaller.
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Postby Ondrej.Cibulka » June 3rd, 2008, 12:50 pm

Our contribution to maximodels topic (folded by František Grebeníček, head of Czech origami society, with assistence of nice girl):

[img]http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g275/Ondrej_Cibulka/Other%20pictures/MaxinosoroecFrantiekGrebenek.jpg[/img]
Ondrej Cibulka Origami, www.origamido.cz
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Postby Max » June 3rd, 2008, 2:37 pm

Haha :lol:

Why didn't they wetfold and shape the rhino?! ;) ;)
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Postby Adam » June 3rd, 2008, 5:00 pm

It's not really typical origami, but here's another large model that I folded with a friend:
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Made of 1200 A4 sheets. It's about 90cm high and 40~50 cm wide. There's also a Kawasaki rose made of 70cm x 70cm paper inside it.

Also, I saw an Ancient Dragon folded from a 10x10 METER square of paper. However, it ended up being so heavy that it needed a closet to support its weight. Can't seem to find the picture though..
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Postby InsomniacFolder » June 4th, 2008, 1:09 pm

I have see a picture somewhere of a lifesize, and lifelike, rhino by Eric Joisel. Also, a lifesize but stylized elephant by Rick Beech & Paul Jackson.
I think both pictures are in Rick Beech's Book
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Large scale origami- update

Postby koolkat » August 5th, 2008, 8:30 pm

I need to create an oriental garden for an installation, and I have to work with students. I would like each pieces to be no less then a metre, at least. (Either lenght, width, height ...). I have been experimenting with simple origami shapes (lily, frogs and crane so far), and I have folded a frog from a 1m poster paper, which is too small but already had problems...
I guess my issues are: kind of paper. To be large enough need to be very thick. Photopaper (for example from Colorama) comes in lot of colour but is about £ 50 a roll and also I think is very thick to be folded. But I have not really tried.
Is there any other large paper which may be suitable? Can I stiffen the entire structure once is finished by using PVA glue?
Any idea for simple flowers, that do not have many folds, apart from tulips?
I love the picture of the giant rhino in someone else post (also interested in large scale origami), but can't find out what paper he used.
Any advice appreciated!
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Postby Jonnycakes » August 5th, 2008, 11:32 pm

I have not used it, but maybe kraft paper would work-it comes on rolls and you could even backcoat the sheets together to make them thicker if need be. You could also use wires and other underlying structures to hold the pieces in shape, which might even be preferable since it would enhance their durability. Kawasaki's roses might be good, depending on the complexity of the other pieces you are using. Perhaps some koi? Michael Lafosse and Robert Lang both have published koi diagrams.
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Postby origamimasterjared » August 6th, 2008, 12:00 am

Here's an old dinosaur I folded from a 48 inch square of butcher paper (the stuff teachers use--it comes in huge rolls). It came out 43 inches long.
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Postby origami_8 » August 17th, 2008, 6:18 pm

Moved this here from another topic.
Please use existing topics instead of opening new ones.

koolkat wrote:I have managed to get some background paper (2.75 x 2.75 m) and I folded a lily. However, there is no consistency to it, it just flops and I cannot even shape it, basically the paper doesn't hold the weight. I could try and use some support to keep it propped up and coat it with pva to make it stronger but `i suspect is a lot of work for no much result.
I am now thinking of trying modular flowers fold so that I can insert some form of support in the single petals. All i can find is lotus though. Any idea for modular flowers, or how can I strenghten the paper? I don't think backing is an option either, as even two sheets glued together (apart from the difficulty of drying it flat) will not be strong enough.
I need to make large scale flowers for an installation and Oh joy! teach some college students how to do it!
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Postby Jonnycakes » August 17th, 2008, 6:43 pm

You could try using wires on the interior of the model to help it keep its shape. You could put them along the outside creases of the petals (a skeletal edge of wires).
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