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* Creating Stories *

by Peter Budai

Instead of suggestions on how to write good stories here you find a collection of stories about the creation process of some models of mine. Step by step I would like to extend this article in order to offer ideas, share some interesting moments of designing and reveal tricks of the trade as it is possible from me. I hope that you will find these stories worth to read.

The story of a storm

I remember it was on a cold, stormy day with pouring rain. No, it wasn't. How the idea came to fold a storm-cloud, I can't remember, but I know I was obsessed by it for days. I wanted to fold something that never has been folded before, something that is an action model, something that is a challenge to do. Folding a storm-cloud with lightning that strikes out of nothing in a moment was something like that. The idea came easily but how do I realize it? The puzzle was given: fold a cloud-like something (so far fairly easy) that has a hidden flap (preferably in a different color than the cloud itself) long and narrow enough to be called "lightning" (that is a bit harder but managable) and construct an action mechanism that triggers this "lightning" withing a moment's time (now, that was the hard part). My first idea was something like this:

First idea of the storm-cloud

The lightning would have been closed up by a series of pleats and then hidden in the body of the cloud. Pulling the the tip of the lightning quickly down would have initiated the strike.The realisation would be easy but there was one problem: I did not like that there would be a lot of ("cloud-colored") paper on both sides of the lightning which would be quite visible because of the pleats. Okay, there can be rain as well, but that's not associated with the lightning so why should there be any paper around the lightning? First idea was trashed. My second idea was this:

Second idea of the storm-cloud

Here I envisioned what was the perfect origami storm-cloud for me. I liked the idea so much that I have immediately started folding. After some struggle I found such a clear and neat base for the task that I hadn't thought of. It looked like this:

Final base for the storm-cloud

Everything was was given: potential cloud and lightning both the right size and place so a partial result has been achieved. The more happy I was when I have discovered that the lighthning flap could be swiveled inside the cloud flap. Moreover, this caused the swiveling of the "extra", fourth corner I haven't used so far! - Why couldn't be this action be made the other way around? - I asked myself and tried. Unfortunately it didn't work, beause there wasn't enough strenght in the paper. So the next job was to weld these two flaps together so that the swiveling move would work both ways. Fortunately there was enough layers of paper to be arranged in a fashion that ensured the strong connection between the flaps. And... bingo! I could manipulate the lightning invisibly (for the audience, that is) from behind the cloud. It was almost done... A little problem was left though. The action was not quick enough, you could track the lightning coming down from horizontal position to vertical, which is not how real lightnings work. Since I couldn't change the motion of the action, I had to think about something else. Something that forces the lightning to strike out instead of sliding out. I immediately thought of generating tension in the model that until a certain point wouldn't let the the move happen. Then at a certain point, when the swiveling force wins over tension, the flap would be thrown out instantly. All this has been realised using only one fold, which fold fixed the lightning inside the cloud so that the action worked well this time.

The end. (If you are interested in folding this model, go to the Diagrams section.)

Author: Peter Budai

Last updated: 20. January 2002.
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