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Brown Widow Spider [Robert Lang ] by Cahoonas Brown Widow Spider [Robert Lang ] by Cahoonas
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...
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hexsy Dec 5, 2012   Digital Artist
Pretty cool. Are you going to try again with black paper?
Cahoonas Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist
Most likely not, due to taking a break from making another of Lang's bugs and that the brown widow is meant to be brown (and so I'm content with this color choice). =)
hexsy Dec 5, 2012   Digital Artist
I didn't know brown lizards existed. Also, you're not the guy that stuck his tongue out at me during the origami convention, are you? For the cal bear model?
Cahoonas Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist
I did attend the East Bay Origami Convention (is this the one you were talking about?) but I don't remember sticking my tongue out at anyone! That Cal Golden Bear is made by Chris Itoh (not me), so that's probably the guy you're thinking of. =P
hexsy Dec 5, 2012   Digital Artist
I get you and some other guy mixed up. You're kind of both around the same height and both Asian, so now I actually don't know who you are. But yeah, I am talking about EBOC.
Cahoonas Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist
Are you a member of Cal origami?
Cowburger13 Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Wow, this is great!
Cyberglass Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's pretty darn impressive for kraft paper. I usually stick to foil or tissue paper for bugs, so that the layers don't get so thick.

I should really re-join OrigamiUSA; the last membership I had was from Origami by Children, so it's been a while. Luckily I own both of Lang's insect books in case I feel the urge to fold up some bugs.
Cahoonas Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist
I had originally planned on thinner paper, but none of what I had was the right color (I was pretty adamant that my spider had to be brown). The only thing left that was the right color and size was some leftover Kraft paper, so here we are!

I'll need to make a mental note to buy some thin papers in brown in the future. Imagine my surprise when I found out a local paper store sells origamido, though I'm still hesitant about shelling out $10+ per sheet.
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