[old] Hydrangea (Shuzo Fujimoto): Instructions


why do you start with no showing how to fold the mountain folds or valley folds?


Indeed, I start with some precreasing done. But I do walk you through the steps you need to do to get that precreasing. Possibly this isn't as easy to follow as if I started with an uncreased paper, but I hope you will be able to follow along still.

Thanks for this demo! I used to fold this model in the opposite direction, starting with the smallest units on the inside and working my way out to the biggest units on the outside. How silly! It makes so much more sense to start from the outside and work your way in. That allows for both easier precreasing AND fewer creases to start with! I learned this more complicated method from Ravi Apte's diagrams. I think your method is way more fun and far less laborious.

But I have to say that after wrestling with this model from both directions, I understand it a lot better than I would if I had only approached it one way.

Thanks again!
mr. james

Ok, so I just realized that the Ravi Apte diagrams I just referred to were for a different tesselation model. I know there are many variations that can be made with these tessies. I still have to say that I enjoy working from the outside in than the other way around. Thank you Sarah AND Ravi!!

~mr. james

Dear Sara,
I just made my first hydrangea, your video was perfectly clear!!! The result: lovely. Thank you very much for your time and dedication.

Around 6:40, I have no idea how to push the triangle up without ripping it.

I had alot of problems with doing the pyramid (5:50) and I had to start over again but I managed to do it (YAY!!) and I finished it!
The instructions were clear and the video was quite good. Thank you very much!

Wow, excellent folds! I think I like the high density tiling version best.

Me too. Now I plan to try one with 9 hydrangeas, but must find time for it.
And... your Happy Folding pages are really excellent source of inspiration for me :)

I explain how to create the pattern in the video. I realise it's already folded and drawn in, but instructions are still given.

-- Sara

Dear Sara,

Thank you very much for this video as well as few other videos. I made few hydrangea, also one with high density pattern. I would like to thank also Dasa for her photos and Daniel for link to pattern tiles. Both video and Dasa's photos of hydrangea made me motivated to make the following result:

With best regards,
Archana Morye.

I finaly finished my first hydrangea
it was tough when i had to make the pyramids and made a lot of wrinkles
but i finished
i used Wrapping Paper 12x12 inch square

Can I do more layers like above three layers?
Does the number of layers depend upon the size of the paper?
What paper material did you use in the very first picture of hydrangea ( blue )
how did you get more than three layers?

The video does say that you can continue with the same steps to form more layers. The sequence to repeat starts at 3:18 and ends round 7:40. Once you have all the levels you'd like do the finishing steps, which start round 8:20.
The paper type and size will determine how many layers are feasible, but your skills will probably play the biggest role. Every stage gets smaller, and errors will start to add up if you don't fold very precisely - those are the main restrictions.

-- Sara

You are the most amazing thing that has happened to origami in a long time!! I have been doing origami for over 10 years and I am constantly searching the web for new diagrams since I no longer live in America and it is very difficult for me to get books. I am amazed at how easy your videos are, but not to the point where they are slow and boring for the more advanced folder. Really I would just like to say thank you!

Hey Sara!
Thanks for the helpful tutorial. I benefited much from it.

But Sara, I have a question. After I did the sinks for the next layer..(it is a smaller layer).................
Then came the pyramid part. The pyramid part its hard because my finger have to go all the way behind to actually 'pop' it out. Do you have a solution for it? (Or did i do it wrongly?)

P.S The "....." are actually the process of everything until the pyramid popping part.

I was hoping for a crease pattern so i can print it out and bring it with me to practice

very hard

It is not too HARD.

haha, ya! That's what i was thinking, except that the tessellation doesn't require a gazillion pre-creases. huzzah!

i do one, i give it to my mother, and she likes it !!! thanks sara!

This is great. I tried folding this a few times, but never could quite understand the diagrams once it got to the inverted pyramid part. I'm still having trouble with paper ripping, but perhaps the heavy copy paper I was trying isn't the best idea. But I couldn't have made this model without your video! It was also interesting to see where you deviated from some of the steps in the diagram you linked to. I actually find the rabbit-ear procedure on one side at a time easier than your method, but your second change was easier!

now I've GOT to learn to do a model that has more levels :)

Wow! it's so cool stuff. I tried to keep on doing it, however, fails at the end. It really excites me as well as my wife and daughter. The way you molded it up is interesting and certainly it gave some lovable moments for those who try this activity.

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