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Rafflesia Arnoldii


Origami Rafflesia Arnoldii

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

Design date:  March, 2011

Base Crease Pattern: 

Origami Rafflesia Arnoldii Base

Design Reference:

Real Rafflesia Arnoldii


The rafflesia arnoldii, more commonly known as a corpse flower due to its unique aroma, caught my eye as an origami subject because of the challenge it posed in creating the central dome with a hole in the middle.  This proved to be even trickier than I had anticipated, and I discarded about 5 or 6 designs because they either did not work at all or made the dome too cone-shaped.  I finally decided to use a method similar to my jellyfish - I shaped the dome around a balloon, but this time the balloon was only about two thirds of the way inside the central flap.  I inverted the remaining third, creating the hole in the middle.