This little thing that I present today is an origami brooch I “invented” a few days ago. I started from a hexagonal piece of paper, with the intention of folding a tessellation (that is, when you fold the paper so that it creates a seamless repetition of shapes). While working on it I decided to make a change: instead of folding many hexagons along the paper, I sort of “iterated” the design, collapsing (that is, when you flatten a series of folds) first a tiny hexagon in the center, then collapsing again a bigger one over it, and finally a third hexagon over the two previous ones. After a few touches in the remaining ends, I thought I could make an ornament out of it, so I attached a pin to the back with a drop of glue and coated the piece so that the paper got more resistant.
The pictures below show two different models. The first one (green), is already finished with a pin base attached (a good valentine’s present, I hope!). The second one is made in a different kind of paper, the “Vague Aurora” from Yasutomo. This paper comes already coated and has a texture, which renders very nice, shiny models. It is rather expensive (I paid $5.25 for 8 sheets), and also thick (you can compare it with the other model, made in normal origami paper), but it can improve the aspect very much in these kinds of small ornaments. They’re around 3cm in diameter.
Finally, if you’re curious about Tessellations, I would like to recommend to you Eric Gjerde’s www.origamitessellations.com, where you will find lots of examples of this technique (get ready for some WOWs!).