• I have been trying to recreate this model for a long time but I haven't been able to figure out what is beneath here. Could you please post a picture of the backside without backlight? Please? - georigami

Aztec Twist, backlit

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a photo of the finished project version of this fold, from my upcoming book. (this photo isn't from the book- far from it! but this particular folded piece is.)

Michaela Edwards, origami-online, and 28 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. Jon_Tucker 110 months ago | reply

    Very cool design...There are a lot of good unifying elements.And the backlighting just makes it that much cooler!

  2. Mélisande* 110 months ago | reply

    I love this design of yours, it deserves to be in the book.

  3. sadeog 110 months ago | reply

    veryyy beautiful a work..
    this is hexagon. make u octagon (or 4gon and 5gon)?

  4. EricGjerde 110 months ago | reply

    Even though it's kind of old and not as complex in comparison to some later things I have done, this remains one of my personal favorites. Some day I'll actually fold a larger version of it... unless some intrepid reader does, and beats me to it! although that might be fun (and save some work on my part).

    I believe this one is project #24 (out of 25), the second most complex one in the book.

    @J0nB0n: backlighting is very important :)

    @sadeog: I've done a lot of work with octagons, dodecagons, and other shapes, but because of the way tessellation symmetry works, triangles/hexagons are the easiest to use. Other people - notably Chris Palmer - have done a lot of work with higher-order polygons and their symmetries.

  5. georigami 110 months ago | reply

    I think I've found the destiny of one of the many pre-creased grids I took to OUSA07 and never got to use

  6. Ryan MacDonell 110 months ago | reply

    ooo... just ooo.

  7. EricGjerde 110 months ago | reply

    it's a pretty simple model- two easy models combined together, really.

    the difficulty lies in the assembly, which is just kind of a pain, in my opinion.

    if the pattern was expanded, it would all be hex twists surrounded by complicated triangle patterns.

  8. polyscene 110 months ago | reply

    very beautiful piece
    just cant wait for your book.......

  9. Jorge Lewis 108 months ago | reply

    Fantastic work..

  10. EricGjerde 108 months ago | reply

    @Jorge: Thanks!

    @Polly: I can't wait either, but yet I'm still waiting- final status is undetermined at this point, due to some hijinks at the publisher! Something's rotten in the state of Denmark...

  11. polyscene 108 months ago | reply

    oh dears - good luck
    but the waiting is sweet expectation

  12. cati1ine 104 months ago | reply

    Just out of curiosity, why did you reverse the pleat direction coming out of those triangles? It looks like (structurally) it would have worked the "natural" way as well.

    This looks lovely! I'm looking forward to seeing the book when it's finished and I'll buy the very first copy I possibly can.

  13. EricGjerde 104 months ago | reply

    I'm trying to remember - I think it's because the central pleats are too wide to fit into the corners, and they bunch up around the rabbit-ear triangle sinks. So I folded it over to make it cleaner, I think.

    I'm sure it could be done differently, but this is one of those situations where I was reverse engineering one of my own designs from my flickr photos, and I didn't feel like coming up with alternate versions.

    (feel free to do so yourself, though!)

    The book is finished but is not being printed - I just received all the materials yesterday, actually, and I'm taking a week to think it over on whether to go the self-publishing route vs. another publisher. I have options in either direction but I'm just not sure which way to go. I'm hoping my heart will come up with an answer for that one because the head just isn't thinking of a solution.

    It's funny because I don't fold things like this anymore. It feels alien to me now.

  14. polyscene 104 months ago | reply

    Good luck with the decision
    Either outcome - as a friend and fan I'll be right behind you
    and be putting my name down to buy a copy

  15. jelii78 100 months ago | reply

    WOW! It's beautifull! I hope you decide to send the book to print. I've just recently discovered tessellations. Most of my folding has been animals or flowers. This is really neat. I like it. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Carlos Kazeu 81 months ago | reply

    How is it possibly ???
    I am impressed brother!!

  17. alice okawara 74 months ago | reply

    very beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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