Designed by Robert Lang
Folded by me from 23.5” square Kraft paper
I recently subscribed to OrigamiUSA (why didn't I do this earlier!?) and while going through the backlog of its online newsletter, The Fold, I came across an article by Robert Lang about his design process in designing a spider with variable leg lengths (namely a spider with a shorter 3rd pair of legs and a longer set of front legs). He designed the crease pattern on a fine hex-pleated grid(pretty much a grid of equilateral triangles). The end of the article featured the crease pattern and a picture of the folded brown widow model. This variable leg length spider was one of the best origami spiders I've seen, and so I decided to try folding this model (I mean, how hard could it be?).
Although I this was my first time seriously working with a hex-pleated grid, working with 60 degree angles wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. With strategic use of reference creases and some measuring and marking, I managed to finish the model without any major hiccups. However, even with such a large sheet of Kraft paper, it was just thin enough that the layers that stacked up were barely manageable. Final shaping was done with aid of clips and MC solution. I can now finally say I've managed to folded one of Lang's bugs.
If you would like to give it a try, the crease pattern I used is found in issue 4 of The Fold, article titled “Crease Pattern: Hex Pleated Brown Widow” (OrigamiUSA membership required)
Otherwise for non-members, Robert Lang also has a slightly simplified crease pattern(slightly shorter leg lengths) of this brown widow model on his website, found here: [link]
Progress photos may be found here: [link]
Whew, I don't think I'll be doing another bug for a while...