Philip Chapman-Bell, an origami designer from western Massachusetts, has created a ‘Smart Waterbomb’, which he describes in this blog post. This model is made from a circular piece of paper and has only mountain and valley folds, some of which are curved. The model is economical in its folding, elegant and pleasing to make.
Besides Philip’s intended use of his model as a ‘waterbomb’, it occurred to me that there was another way to play with it that might keep us out of trouble with other people!
If we place the model on the tip of a skewer and blow on it, as my little friend Haley shows in the photo above, it becomes a delightful origami windmill. We just need to blow on it and make it spin!
Here I post two videos (Make sure to watch them both!)
- The one Philip posted showing how to fold his Smart Waterbomb (or origami windmill).
- One I made to clarify the last steps, where the figure is shaped and becomes three-dimensional.
Video 1 (folding sequence)
Video 2 (clarification for the last steps)
More suggestions to keep in mind when making this origami windmill:
- To make a circle from a square piece of paper, fold a preliminary base (fig.1 below).
- Align a folded edge with the diagonal line (fig.2), but do not crease.
- Make a mark on the diagonal line at the point where the corner falls (fig.3).
- Cut a curved line from the bottom to the top corner, passing by the mark you created (fig.4).
- Unfold and you have a circle (fig.5). Turn all the folds already in the paper into mountains on the colored side of the paper.
- Use an inkless pen to score the curved folds, (valleys on the colored side, fig.6), then finish the model as shown in the video.
- In this post I give even more suggestions. Click and take a look!
~Click on the image to view it larger.~
Depending on the quality of the paper used, you end up with slightly different shapes.
I taught this origami windmill at the recent origami convention in Argentina.
How was your experience folding this model?
Can you think of other ways to play with it?
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