blue's Chinese 3D modular origami

Love Swan

A pair of small love swan, each is about 2x3. Mostly made out of white paper, except the beak. Available for purchase on Etsy.

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Picture Frame

I had some left over pieces from a color ball (similar to birthday ball), so I made this.

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Birthday Ball

I didn't make this one, it was a birthday gift from a friend, my Chinese name on one side, and 98' on the other. My mom broke it by accident one time while cleaning the house, so I had to reconstruct it from memory. Using this method, you can pretty much put any sort of design on a ball.

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Swan

I bought this kit from a store in Chinatown, the direction was in Korean, but I managed to make this based on the picture and some numbers. The neck is a little different then the original.

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Pineapple

My aunt taught me how to make pineapple when I was a little kid, we made one out of 500 pieces of 1c Chinese bill. It didn't have this nice pattern and leaves. I made this one in 2001, based on some images of real and fake pineapple I found using google image search. This was a gift for my pineapple loving friend.

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Love Swan

This was made by a friend for a valentine's day present. It's pretty much the same as my swan model, except that the neck is slightly modified, and body made wider. I think this looks a lot better than the original model (diagram available here). I helped him make it and so I get to post it here ^.~

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Chinese Dragon Part II

I had to fix my dragon model recently, it was falling apart from moving and of course it got very dusty since it's almost 5 years old now. I took some close up pictures.

Putting the spiral in, starting at the arch in the back and slowly rotate it in place towards the neck.
Mouth, the whisker is bend inside so it will stay put. Unfortunately forgot to take picture before gluing the ball in, and the camera can't take picture any closer than this. iIf you look at it in person, you can actually see the tong, which is the single piece that connects the head and the spine/neck, and only piece where you can see the red side of the fold.
Back of the head, head is made with top and bottom sections, basically 2 slightly bended triangles and jabbed together, almost impossible without glue.
Tail, the body is pretty straight forward. I took two passes when assembling, first time to try it out and figure out where the arches should be, second time to glue it.
Head, the head by it self is not too difficult. This model in theory is possible to do with out glue, but there are too many parts that are joined by only one piece of triangle, so will probably fall apart even if you just breathed on it. I lost one of the 2 original eyes, and I couldn't find replacement that was exactly the same size, so now it has slightly larger new pair of eyes. For the whiskers, make sure you straighten the wires, pulling it back and forth around some sort of metal edge or rod, before bending them into the desired curve.
I have seen few other dragon models, but none as good as this one. This model came from a kit with instruction in Korean, you can probably find the kit in most Chinatown stationary/gift stores.

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Chinese Dragon

I bought this kit from a store in Chinatown, the direction was in Korean. I had a hard time making the head and putting the different parts together, everything manage to stay together after applying lots of glue. This is the best dragon model I have seen. See diagram and direction here.

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Flower Basket

I saw a pre-made model similar to this in a Chinatown store one time. This model is sort of the basic pineapple model inside out :p. I couldn't remember how the handle was like, so I just made it up, it looks some what like a heart shape.


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Hello Kitty

Made in 2002, a birthday present for a co-worker who is a big Hello Kitty fan. I found 2 Hello Kitty models in my book collections (one of them available here), so I took a little here and there and made this.

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Batsu Maru

A belated birthday present I made for a friend in 2002. This is a Sanrio character, named Batsu Maru, his a little mischief penguin. It turned out quite nicely.

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Snowman

Made in 2002, this is a birthday present for a friend who's online handle is snowman. Since he is very tall, I decided to modify the original model and made it extra tall.

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Doraemon

I made this Doraemon in summer 2002 for a friend, who is a big fan of this classic Japanese anime character. Doraemon is a robot cat from the future. I forgot to take a picture of the model before giving it to my friend, by the time I asked him for a picture, the eye had fallen out.

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Mashimaro

Mashimaro is a Korean cartoon character, his known for mischief. Link to character's website here. Made this model for a friend in Spring 2003. This is an original model I created, based on one of the episodes where mashimaro puts the plunger on his head, like in the picture.

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