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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! | by Michał Kosmulski
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, here’s a tessellation with a beer tankard and shamrocks. Each of these molecules can also be tessellated independently from the other (click here for just the shamrocks). The shamrock uses a 12×12 grid, the beer tankard 13×16 and the whole model is made from a 43×48 grid.


Folded from Palatina paper, painted green with acryl. I was originally very enthusiastic about this paper, comparing it even to Elephant Hide, but when folding this more complex model, I noticed more of its limitations. Paint tended to peel off along the creases and in a few folded corners with lots of layers, the paper even tore a little. It did the job, but was not quite as close to perfection as I had hoped. On a positive note, shaping went quite well as this paper is softer than EH and it was easy to make the curved folds in the shamrocks. I’m not really satisfied with the shaping of the tankard, but this is more about my skill than about the paper.

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Taken on March 17, 2017