Ballerina v1

DesignedApr 2019
Crease PatternYes

The major features lie on an 18x18 grid. The structure uses basic circle packing - there are circles for the legs/arms/head, and rivers for the torso/tutu. I know there are other ballerina models that allocate paper similarly. However, for my version, I wanted a smoother transition between the wide tutu and narrow torso/legs while keeping the model simple, and to add color changes. Thus 18x18 instead of 16x16 - the end columns flip out for easy color reversal. This model was an experiment in adding 22.5 degree angles to a box pleated base to aid with color changes and give the model a more natural shape.

Overall, I'm pretty happy with the color changes in this model. The parts that I would like to improve on include reducing the bulkiness of the neck where the paper twists to rotate the head, reducing the paper stress around the chest area, and adding more details to the upper torso and head. The most fun part of the folding process is collapsing the tutu.