The Knots And Folds Blog By Knotty Origami

  • The Folds: Origami Rhombicuboctahedron

    Knotty Origami has more than Knots and Braids.  We do a lot of Origami Folds, too!  My newest fascination has been in the area of geometric origami:  The Rhombicuboctahedron!   

    origami rhombicuboctahedron
    Rhombicuboctahedron.  Please try to say THAT five times fast!  You can learn more about this type of Archimidean Solid at the link, but, in short, it's a solid with 8 triangular faces and 18 square faces. 
    I've created a short video of the progress from sheets of paper to the final multimodular origami polyhedron.  
    The thing I love most about creating this geogami piece is that it is so pretty INSIDE.  And, once you seal the piece by interlocking the last two "wings", you can't see the lovely pyramids formed internally.  


    They're pretty much a beautiful secret, locked away, and out of sight.  You'd only see them if you built it, deconstructed it, or watched the short video below!  :)


     Happy Folding!        






  • The Titanium Vertebral Bracket Bracelet By Knotty Origami

    It's not everyday that we get this kind of custom knotting order, but it was a fun piece to work on!

    I received a request to use a piece of titanium medical hardware that had recently been surgically extracted from a person's spine.  The bracket had held vertebrae in place while the bone fused over time.  

    I knew a little something about the owner.  He was a career Soldier and avid cyclist, who has strong ties to sunny Arizona.  

    The design that came to mind that brought all of these attributes together was The Beaded Aztec Sun Bar!  I envisioned industrial hardware in gunmetal and titanium tones paired with leather cording in black and metallic slate.  

    I knew I'd find the technique I needed in J.D. Lenzen's beautiful new work, Leather Corded Fusion Ties.  You might remember that we gave away a copy of the book when it first came out, and that I was so thrilled to be able to author the Foreword for it.  

    I truly love the designs within it, and how the techniques are so customizable.  This book, as with all of J.D.'s videos and books, demystifies a technique so that others can incorporate the designs using limitless materials....materials like Titanium Vertebral Brackets.

     You can see the Aztec Sun Bar on the cover of J.D.'s book above.  It's the one in blue and white!  The design technique transforms with just a color and beading style change!

    We used titanium-finish nuts with a steampunk vibe to accentuate the mechanical theme.  By running gunmetal rings through the leather black and metallic slate double overhand end knots, our bracelet becomes an adjustable piece.  

    I never knew I might receive a custom order quite like this one, but really loved the challenge and how it turned out! Happy Knotting!







  • All You Need Is Love...

    We couldn't help but snap this shot in Old Town Manassas at the train tracks....


  • Vote For Knotty Origami: Northern Virginia Magazine Best Of 2016 Survey

    Hi, Everyone!

    We'd so appreciate a Vote for Knotty Origami in the Northern Virginia Magazine Best Of 2016 Survey!

    You can vote by clicking HERE and entering "KNOTTY ORIGAMI" into the SHOPPING categories of:


    Thank you for your support!  





  • Paracording Class At The 296 Project!

    Let's Paracord!

    Knotty Origami will host a FREE Basic Paracording Class for The 296 Project for veterans and family members on Friday, February 12th, 2016 from 7 to 9 PM!  Attendees will create a paracord bracelet using basic knotting techniques.  We will build toward more advanced paracord projects and jewelry making techniques in future classes!  10 spaces available.  Location:  2144 Crystal Plaza Arcade, Suite OT7, Arlington, VA 22202




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