DofTNet Origami

Instructions: Rose Calyx


This is my design for a base for the modified version of Kawasaki's rose that I show on this site. If you have a copy of Origami for the Connoisseur, you will probably notice that at least part of the process is similar to Kawasaki's spiral snail shell design on Pages 140-143. It struck me at one point in the process of making the shell that it would work well as the base of a rose if I went another direction about halfway through the process.

This base will not attach to the 'new' Kawasaki rose.

base01 Step 1

First, start with a square that is the same size as the square that you made the rose with. Starting with the colored side up, valley fold across both diagonals and unfold.

base02 Step 2

Next, find the midpoint of each crease by folding the corndes to the center and creasing just the center.

base03 Doing Step 2

Marking the midpoint with a short crease.

base04 Step 3

Valley fold the corners to the point marked in step 2.

base05 Doing Step 3

Basicly the same as step two except the crease goes all the way across.

base06 Step 3 - Result

This is what you should end up with. Unfold the corners and flip the paper over.

base07 Step 4

With the colored side down, valley fold all four edges in so that the creases cross the intersecting creases from step 3 and then unfold. This works out to 1/8th of the square.

base08 Doing Step 4

You should also notice that the edge lines up with the short marker creases that you made in step 2.

base09 Step 5

Fold all four edges in at once, letting the creases from step 3 fold inward. Check the next image to see what you're supposed to end up with.

base10 Step 6

All four corners should have what ammounts to a preliminary fold. Valley fold where shown. It's hard to see the marks in the image so if you don't see the marks on the corners, click on the image to bring up the full size image.

base11 Doing Step 6

In case you had no idea what I was talking about in the description of the previous photo, this should clear it up a bit.

base12 Step 7

Now inside reverse fold the corners from step 6, following existing creases.

base13 Step 7 - Result

It should look like this on all four corners when you've completed step 7.

base14 Step 8

Valley fold in half both directions.

base15 Doing Step 8

I guess this photo isn't really necessary but that's ok. Moving right along....

base17 Step 9

Valley fold where indicated. The next few steps serve to put the paper into a bird base form. If you don't know exactly what that means, take a look at the next couple of photos to see how everything lines up.

base18 Doing Step 9

Line up one edge of the paper with the diagonal crease from step 1, then crease from the corner to the center crease from step 8.

base19 More Step 9

Same thing on all of the other corners.

base20 Step 10

Fold all four of the points out.

base21 Step 11

Following existing creases, fold the corners up and the edges in... if this doesn't make sense, look at the next image.

base22 Doing Step 11

See? The corners up and the edges in. The bird base.

base23 Step 12

Valley fold and unfold where shown.

base24 Step 13

Valley fold and unfold where indicated.

base25 Step 14

Fold all four of the points over. Start with the top point by using the same crease from step 12.

A quick note.. in step 17, you sink fold the point from the last step. You can actually sink fold it right now and it might make the rest of the process a little easier.

base26 Doing Step 14

There's not really much explaination necessary here - just do what it shows - so I'll take a moment to say that I'm going into a lot more detail in this part of the process because in the older set of photos, lots of people got hung up at this point... mostly because the last photo and this photo was all I had. The point is that by asking questions,I know where I need to make improvements. Anyway, moving right along...

base27 More Step 14

This is what you should have after folding the first point over... turn it over...

base28 Step 14 Continued

And do it again!

base29 Still Step 14

Now you have to do the same thing with the other two points, but unfortunately they're folded in half. valley fold the top layer as shown.. repeat on the other side.

base30 Step 15? no. Still Step 14

This shows what I mean in the description of the previous photo.

base31 Step 14 continued

Fold the top flap over, yet again.

base32 Like so

I'd rathar have too much detail than too little.

base33 Flip it over

Now you should have three points over.... turn it over and fold the last point over.

base34 Yes, Still Step 14

Fold that last flap over.

base35 That's it for 14

Step 14.. that's all there is to it.

base36 Step 15

Rabbit ear each of the points. When looking at the rose, if it spirals clockwise from the inside to the outside, then fold the point to the right (as shown). If you don't know what I mean by "rabbit ear", it's just a convenient name for that particular crease pattern.

base38 Doing Step 15

As mentioned previously, if the rose spirals clockwise from the center to the outside, fold as shown. If the rose spirals counter-clockwise from the outside to the inside, just fold the point to the left instead.

base39 Step 15 - Result

This is what you should end up with. Repeat on the remaining three points.

base40 Step 16

Now you've got four long points and four short points. Fold the short points up. There are several layers of paper in the short points so it won't necessarily be a good sharp crease. Just thought you'd like to know.

base41 Doing Step 16

Fold the short points like so... I'm aware the image is kinda blurry but it should be clear enough to give you an idea what's supposed to be done.

base42 Step 17

squash that center point... flatten it out.. it turns into a square. The precrease that you made in step 13 outlines the square thats formed in this step.

As mentioned earlier, this sink fold can actually be done between steps 13 and 14 which might make flattening the model easier for some people.

base43 Doing Step 17

It's not exactly a good clean fold, but this is more or less what it should look like while you're doing it.

base44 Step 18

This is what it should look like once you've completed step 17. For step 18, sink the top of the blunt point of the rabbit ear fold from step 15 so that it lines up with the edge of that center square.

base45 Doing Step 18

Fold it over to precrease...

base46 Step 18 - Result

and sink it. It should look more or less like this. Do on all four sides.

base47 Step 19

Take the short points and fold them over and tuck them into the pocket between the layers under the center square. Again, there are a lot of layers of paper so it may not want to stay on its own right away.. if it pops out, stuff it back in. If it still doesn't cooperate, don't worry too much.. it's just to make sure those short points are inside the rose.

base48 Doing Step 19

This shows one of the short points stuffed into the pocket.

base49 Step 19 - Result

This is what you should end up with. Turn it over.

base50 Step 20

Valley fold the long point from the center to the end of the sink fold.

base51 Step 21

Spread the two layers. and flatten the point towards the opposite side.

base52 Doing Step 21

Like so...

base53 Step 22

Once you've finished step 21 on one point, valley fold the point back out where indicated. That gives you a small pocket that you can wedge the stem into. Repeat steps 21 and 22 on the remaining three points.

base54 Step 23

Valley fold the the weird points from the first few steps as shown and stuff the paper in between the layers.

base55 Doing Step 23

Zoom in for a better look..

base56 Step 24

Curl the point. That helps to keep the paper in place after step 23 is completed.

base57 Doing Step 24

Like so...

base58 Done with the base

That's what you should end up with.

base59 Attach to Rose

Take that center square and stuff it inside the rose. tuck the four points of the underside of the rose between the layers of the center square and the layers of the points.

base60 Almost Done

This shows one of the points of the rose being stuffed under one of the points of the base.

base61 Now for the stem

This is what it should look like once you've attached the base to the underside of the rose.