Saturday, July 6, 2013

Origami Fireworks!

Are these Origami Fireworks awesome looking of what?

If you think this is cool, you have to watch this below!

As usual, L-chan had been asking me to make Origami creations together, so after seeing this, I had to make one!
As soon as I started folding, (I referred the diagram here. I realized it wasn't hard; it's actually the same instruction to fold hearts. It's just you need to fold 12 of them, and put them together.

That's it.

But, the last step of assembly may be tricky. I had no trouble the first time, but with the second one I just couldn't get it to stay together.

So. I will give you some tips.

1. At the assembly of the last piece, put the outside together first. (It might have explained it on YouTube, but I only saw the diagrams, and it was on mute.)

2. Just calm down, if it gets difficult. Your patience is getting tested. You can do this!

3.  I like making things with smaller pieces of Origami, but if you have a regular 11cm x11cm origami papers, then you might want to make one the bigger size than I did. You might find other instruction YouTube more helpful, but the link above is the one I watched.

(4. This tip is for a experienced Origami folders) Is it just me, but I found many English origami instructions have extra steps at the beginning to make creases. I think you can skip some steps and go right into making the first basic pattern.

I made the third one on the way to the beach today. I think I can make one in about 20-25 minutes. I will experiment with colors the next time. You know what I think it'd be cool is that use black background, and origami paper that are double sided. What you think?

If you make one, or had made one (I've seen this before yesterday too), what was yours like? My kids, especially L-chan, loved it! I hope you are enjoying the summer and some fireworks!

P.S. I was just told about a site called Light Up Nippon. (Light Up Japan) I didn't know about it till now, but it's a cause to raise money to deliver fireworks to the earthquake affected areas in Japan. The date is on August 11th. Nice! Thank you for sharing this, my dear friend. I'll be thinking of you and people in Tohoku.

P.P.S. One of my instructor I met while attending Utah State University was a fireworks engineer. I just remembered that.

Pyrotechnic Engineer: Job Description, Duties and Requirements

Pyrotechnic engineers design, create and regulate the many man-made explosions used in fireworks, displays at concerts or sporting events and special effects. They must have an in-depth knowledge of both chemistry and physics to accurately determine how a reaction will take place. The requirements of pyrotechnic engineers vary depending on the position they have and the state where they work.(