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Water Lily


Origami Water Lily

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

Design date:  February, 2008

Base Crease Pattern: 

Origami Water Lily Base

Design Reference:

Real Water Lily


This is the first model for which I calculated the base mathematically (rather than arranging free-hand) so that all of the circles are perfectly tangent to each other - I wrote an article outlining this process which has now been posted on the Origami USA website.  After designing this model, I began using trigonometry to precisely construct each of my crease patterns.  Even though this requires a little more time at the beginning of the design process, it actually saves time later - I can make small adjustments to flap proportions, and the calculations re-adjust themselves automatically.