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Pattern Searches Origami Tessellation

 This is a variation on the open back hex twist and natural triangle tessellation . Instead of repeating the the hexes, they are half hexes, also referred to as trapezoids.  In order to repeat, you just use a mirror half hex off of each of the center hexes. Easy peasy.  This was my idea. Of course, it may have, probably, has been done before. But I've not encountered it.  It's not hard to fold. It is however, hard to keep track of the directions on the folds. Many of them are bidirectional.  So finishing a cohesive pattern kind of results in a lot of trying to keep track of which fold went which way and trying to determine what makes a sensible pattern to you. Circular or linear or something else altogether.  Using a 32 pleat grid further clouds the process since there are no full repetitions.  It's an interesting idea from which other interesting ideas might be gleaned. Make of that what you will. 

The Devil's Tessellation

 I was going through some crease patterns that I'd saved from the internet many moons ago. I came across a few that seemed interesting. Little did I know how diabolical this one would turn out to be. Truly diabolical  I used good paper or else it would've been a complete loss.  Even the good paper took quite a beating in the process.  There were multiple times when I thought it simply was a theoretically accurate tessellation that wasn't actually foldable in real life.  However, I saw glimmers of it being possible as I stubbornly persisted in coaxing and cajoling the increasingly mangled paper into the shapes I desired.  Several hours later, it did bend to my will. I was stunned to have finally succeeded.  I don't remember where I found it. I don't know to whom it belongs. It was just sitting ide in my google photos when I rediscovered it. I almost wish I hadn't. But I'm glad I did.  I cannot stress this enough. A truly diabolical fold. Next to impossible. K

Mystery Crease Pattern

 I found the crease pattern for this tessellation sitting in google photos. I'd saved it a long while ago and then forgotten about it. I don't remember where I found it. I don't know to whom it belongs or from what site it originated. I'd be happy to credit the designer if I could.  What I do know is that I was able to fold it. Which was no mean feat. This was truly one of those agonizing folds where you know it can be completed, but it's just really, really, really difficult to do so.  Maybe it was because I used pretty crappy paper. It looked like it would be simple. So I thought cheap paper would do. I was very wrong. And then wrong again and again.  Maybe it really is just one of those painstakingly tedious tessellation to fold that I both love and hate.  Perhaps, a little of both.  At any rate, it's a pretty neat result.  Left side is the crease pattern for the finished fold above.  Again. Not my crease pattern. Don't know whose it is. All credit to the