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Ghost Shrimp


Origami Ghost Shrimp

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

Design date:  September, 2008

Base Crease Pattern: 

Origami Ghost Shrimp Base

Design Reference:

Real Ghost Shrimp


While in South Padre, I often wondered what made the bubbles I saw surface in the sand after a wave receded.  I never imagined the truth - several times, I saw people use a length of PVC pipe with a plunger on one end (think of a huge syringe without the needle) to suck these 3-4 inch, translucent white shrimp out of those holes.  Apparently they make good bait for fishing.  The sight is indelibly stamped on my memory, and it seemed inevitable that I design one of these.  The complexity of this model prompted me to develop a variation of the construction  method I have previously described for my origami flowers.  I have written a follow-up article outlining this process.