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Lightning Whelk


Origami Lightning Whelk

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

Design date:  June, 2008

Base Crease Pattern: 

Origami Lightning Whelk Base

Design Reference:

Real Lightning Whelk


This seashell was inspired by Robert Lang's Rim Pot design.  I was interested in the way his model was constructed (since the base was not the result of a circle-river packing and was truly 3-dimensional), and it seemed to me that this style would lend itself well to a seashell design.  After folding this model, I researched different types of seashells to see which kind most closely resembled my creation, and I settled on the Lightning Whelk (my parents have two in their house, featured in the picture I took shown above, but I had to figure out the name).  This shell is one of the few which has the opening on the left-hand side.