The waterbomb tessellation
The waterbomb tessellation combines the origami waterbomb basic folding with a cube shape. Most likely, it was developed by Ron Resch.
- Fold a square grid crease pattern
- Place the paper on the table with the valley fold up. This is going to be the back of the folded object draw a circle in the left corner this is the top site of a cube form. Count one square to the right and two down draw another circle, and repeat.
- Draw crosses around the circles that are four squares big.
- Continue this until the whole paper is filled.
- Score the crosses with using an empty pen and a ruler to make mountain folds. you now collapse the paper, the two valley folds are pushed together, the cubes rotate a bit.
Here is a collection of similar tessellations provided by Daniel picker
I folded the second one. It curved a lot and was difficult to fold. It needed to be glued to stay together.
Tessellation with triangle crimps
Here is another example of an object that has a 3D relief surface but is constructed in a different way.
Please have a look at these tutorials first. An object is formed with triangle crimps, it forms a convex shape
This can be changed using flatter corners in the triangles. A folding tip from me, fold one array of crimps, than skip one. Fold the next array of crimps and then collapse the in between part.
I do not now who invented this tessellation. The first example I found is in Paul Jackson’s book “Folding techniques for designers.
link to the site of Ron Resch