The Fitful Flog

February 10, 2007

Frangipani Box Redux

Frangipani Box

Eric is trying to convert me to something called the MVF diagram schema. I’ve got no clue what he’s talking about. That’s not unusual. So I googled it and discovered that it’s a top secret DoD research project — stands for Manganese Velveeta Forcefield, a conceptual weapon, something to immobilize the Haters of Freedom® with a bland, silvery fondue. Could work. One wonders how secret they wanted this to be, when the design specs are posted on Douglas Feith’s myspace page. (I am quite creeped out, I may add, to find that such an ardent neocon should be that into boy bands. Yucko.)

On the other hand, Eric may have simply wanted me to make my drawings look more like Robert Lang’s.

I’m sure I’ll convert eventually.

Frangipani Box Blog Photo

Frangipani Box 2 Crease Pattern

Oh yes — this version uses circle arcs instead of hyperbole. Easier to fold and makes the model sturdier.

15 Responses to “Frangipani Box Redux”

  1. 1
    Eric Gjerde Says:

    I assure you I was not intending to be cryptic! I thought I had covered some of that in a previous confusing missive…

    In doing a lot of trial-and-error CP notation, I came up with what I thought was a pretty decently easy method. And, not surprisingly, I found out that Robert Lang uses a more developed scheme along the same lines which he’s been sussing out for the last few years. So I’m hopping on the bandwagon and adopting it as well.

    Really, if you look at any of the complex origami created lately, all the CP’s use the same sort of ideas- we all have problems with the Y-R-H dots’n’dashes methodology. It just doesn’t scale well. MVF has it’s own problems but at least is less painful and it carries redundant information without being any more complex, which is definitely a positive design feature.

    I do love these curved folds, I hope you teach some of these at the OUSA convention in NYC! I’ll be the first in line to sign up- plus if we’re both teaching something then we can sign up the night before and sleep late 🙂

  2. 2
    Josh Says:

    I made be stupid, but there you are. Could you please email me explaining how to make this? I have a week to understand how to fold this. That’s learning from scratch, with no prior experience with anything of the type.

    It’s for my girlfriend. You can’t say I’m not dedicated.


  3. 3
    Caryn Says:

    I also would like the folding instructions for this marvelous piece . . . Could you please e-mail them to me?


  4. 4
    sheree Says:

    please could you email this, and how to make it! i love it, would like it soom as you can!!!

    thanks sheree

  5. 5
    oschene Says:

    There aren’t any instructions, I’m afraid — if there were, I’d post them.

    However, if you make the pentagon in a circle, and then look at the crease pattern, you’ll find you’re halfway there.

  6. 6
    micka Says:

    can u please send me the instructions for this,
    its awesome

  7. 7
    oschene Says:

    Please see the comment above.

  8. 8
    Justin Says:

    Hey this is so cool! can you please email me some directions or diagrams? My anniversary is coming up and my girlfriend is totally nuts for frangipanies.

  9. 9
    oschene Says:


  10. 10
    Gazamaniac Says:

    Guys, do you even bother to read the other comments? THERE ARE NO INSTRUCTIONS. Check the link that oschene posted above to see the “Pentagon from a circle” directions. Seriously, you can figure it out from there, just try it.

  11. 11
    mawar Says:


    I find it hard to fold the paper when the line is a curved line. Is there any tools to do so?

    Thank you.

  12. 12
    leonoor Says:


    but maybe mark the mountain and valley folds?

  13. 13
    Yvan Says:

    @leonoor: I’ve made the folds, and it’s mountain for the pink lines, and valley for the black ones. There no cut to do at all.

    @mawar: just use a scissors (the edge of one pair), or something else that’s sharp but that doesn’t really cut (such as a knife but with the non-cutting side), and follow the lines. This way you’ll squeeze a little bit the paper and the fold will be a piece of cake.

    @oschene: GREAT JOB! The only one I could find on the Internet, but it’s just a perfect one, that closes perfectly. I’m really happy 🙂

  14. 14
    Yvan Says:

    Oups, sorry, that’s exactly the opposite: pink is valley, black is mountain. Else the flower is in the wrong way (must follow the Nature!).

    For the following of the lines, you can use a ballpoint pen. And if it’s not writing anymore, that’s the perfect tool to use 🙂

  15. 15
    Vadvirag Says:

    This is so cool, I just made it! Thank you for the pattern!

    It is not as difficult as it seems for the first time. You can ignore the very thin lines (those are just for helping you to draw the pattern), and go for the thick blacks and pinks. If you swap valleys (pinks) and mountains (blacks), then rotation direction will change to the opposite, but that’s all. You have to make all folds before putting it together, but once all folds are made, it is kinda piece of cake. Have fun! 🙂

Leave a Reply

CC 2023 The Fitful Flog | Entries (RSS) and Comments (RSS)

GPSwordpress logo