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Camel Spider II


Origami Camel Spider II

Paper used:  a single un-cut square of tissue paper treated with methyl cellulose.

Design date:  December, 2008

Base Crease Pattern: 

Origami Camel Spider II Base

Design Reference:

Real Camel Spider


When I began experimenting with methyl-cellulose treated tissue paper, I tried to re-fold my previous Camel Spider model with this material.  I quickly reached the conclusion that the design was flawed in the way that the flaps were layered - the two smaller flaps that create the fangs were wrapped inside the longer flaps that create the pedipalps (these look like the front pair of legs - a camel spider, like a tarantula, is an arachnid and has 8 actual legs along with 2 pedipalps which give it the appearance of possessing 10 legs).  With tissue-foil, I was able to "smoosh" things into place, but when I folded it more precisely out of methyl-cellulose tissue paper, the messiness was too obvious.  In addition, Robert Lang pointed out that they actually have 4 mouth-parts.  Because of this, I re-designed the base so that the flaps are layered correctly - this version is actually a little easier to fold, and is anatomically more correct, as well as producing a better end-result.