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From the Beginning

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This tessellation is straight from Eric Gjerde's book 'Origami Tessellations: Awe-Inspiring Geometric Designs'. I don't recall the title of the design. I just have a memory of how much I loved how it backlit. . I folded it years ago, but had never posted it here.  So feeling both nostalgic and lacking for any new ideas, I decided to fold it again.  I actually first learned the fundamental principles of origami tessellations from that book. It set me off on a path where I just kept digging deeper and deeper into more and more complex folds. I'm still obsessed with the craft and always learning. So thanks Eric.  All these years later, what once seemed such a difficult concept to wrap my head around, now feels elementary. I banged it out in only minutes once I'd completed the grid.  Nevertheless, It still backlights beautifully. Another great example of how the simpler designs produce some of the most wonderful results.

Rolling Stones Tess

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Just riffing on " Joel Cooper's Sunflower Tessellation " that I folded not too long ago. Playing around with other possible combinations of shapes.  When I mapped this one out it was clear it would not fold flat. But I liked the idea enough that I was ready to try to do another 3D fold for a change. Was hoping it would generate a cool design when backlit. This is subjective, of course. But here are the results.  So it's a classic circle of triangles with a small hex twist on the reverse side.  Then where the sunflower tessellation employed rhombuses off of that, I wanted to do open back hex twists.  Because the design doesn't flatten the backlit images show odd shapes that don't match up with the what you would expect to see.   My crease pattern drawing is included below. 

Supernova Tessellation

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  This is an odd variation on triangle twists around a small hexagon. I folded the triangles in on themselves. Folded them in half. Once two such were done this created the point connecting them. Tucked a hexagon backward off that point to be able to flatten it. I hate reverse rabbit ear folds. I avoid them whenever possible.  The whole affair is a bit of tight fit. They're not normal hexagon twists. Several of the axes have to bang into each other with one tucked below the other. Still, it does work without much fuss.  The paper got a bit curled up on itself during the thick of it, but nothing a careful eye can't handle.  I would've repeated the central design, but my grid was much to small for that. Only a single star point repeated. So I just adjusted it to what I thought made a nice looking finished edge..  Rather less complicated than my usual fare. A nice change of pace.  I do have a crude crease pattern. It's included below.