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Layered Hexes with Polygons Origami Tessellation

I saw this tessellation on flickr. I'm pretty sure. I can't find it anymore. I don't know to whom it belongs. But I thought it was nice, so I went ahead and figured out how to fold it. It's a pretty straightforward design. It wasn't very difficult to figure out. It was a fun fold though. With a very nice end result. I have all these designs in my head which I'm struggling to bring to fruition. So it was nice to take a beat and just relax with something simple. I did do a single module crease pattern. I haven't yet photographed it. But will post it later. First pic is the front. Second is the rear.

Pinwheels Tessellation

Here's an interesting origami tessellation that I worked out. I struggled to photograph this in a way that showed its complexity. In the northeastern winters it can be hard to get enough light. Small hexes on the rear collapse into the next concentric hex on the front. From there open back triangle twist surround each. Off of the first ring of triangles the tessellation repeats quite simply. The next array of hexes lands directly off of that first ring of triangles. Similar to a flagstone tess. No spaces. The outer triangles of the central module are also edges of the surrounding modules. When the folding is complete that's when the hard part comes. Trying to arrange the flaps on all those triangles so everything flows in the same direction and lands neatly is a bit of a Machiavellian madness. I folded over one side of each triangle in a counter-clockwise direction. This created the pinwheels. Many of the fold overs do run into each other. But it is not difficult to m

Spinning Suns Origami Tessellation

This tessellation was conceived as a doodle. I came up with the center first and then added the arms. To work out the flatness, large triangles were added on the reverse of the design. It's an open back hexagon twist center. Triangle twists off of that. Those pointy rectangles radiate off the triangles. Then there are offset open back triangle twists on the back to reconcile everything on the front. Also, the portion of the triangle twists that land on the hex pleats are valleys, while the other two sides are mountains. It's kind of a flagstone variant. I do seem to come up with very convoluted designs lately. I folded this using some large, standard origami paper and it was a nightmare. It took so long. But once the first two modules fell into place, I couldn't not take it all the way. Thicker paper would've sped up the process, but coulda, woulda, shoulda. The second image is a doodle of the crease pattern. That's how I determined the layout. In the do

Hexes on Both Sides

 This is an idea I had that looked a little better in the design stage than it turned out in execution. In hindsight, I maybe, should've left more space between repetitions. Or folded it more neatly. Still, I think, the design might have benefited from some spacing. Some dead space between the florets would've probably accentuated them a little better and made for a crisper fold. Hex twists on the rear and then overlapping hex twists on the front.