Thursday, August 23, 2012

3D origami crocodile/ a little story

(3D origami crocodile. Diagram below.) 
Also some little meaningful words below. It would be nice if you read it all :-) Thanks^_^
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One of my subscribers emailed and requested a 3D origami crocodile (Just to look at which she'll figure out how to make on her own). I was gonna say I didnt have time as I had uni assignments to do, but she mentioned it was for a nephew. 

"This alligator or crocodile is for my nephew,6, who is a huge reptile lover, but is fighting for his life battling lung cancer. I just thought it would be nice to give him something to brighten his day."

Since I haven't done many 3D origami tutorials for ages and have been saying "I'm busy with uni" to a lot of people's requests, I thought I should do this one and make a difference to someone's day, and I did have time at that moment to make a quick small model during my 1 week holiday. 

She's 13 and I thought it was mature and nice of her to think of making something for her nephew to brighten his day. I recently read a book called "The healing power of water by  Masaru Emoto" and when I got this email, it felt like they linked? (You know, when you read a book and it mentions a word you don't know, or a situation, and then later that word comes up or a similar situation happens.) 

In the book it mentions how positive words were stuck onto, and facing inside a bottle of water, and negative words on another (same type of water). He froze them and took a photo of the water crystals as you never get the same crystals. The one that "saw" positive words, formed pretty crystals, and the ones with negative words had half formed crystals and looked broken and ugly. Its about positive and negative vibrations and their effects. Apparently thoughts have vibrations, and when we hear positive/negative words, it gives a different effect/feeling.

What's also interesting is that humans are made up of  around 60%? water and they say if words can do that to a bottle of water, imagine what it can do to us? Which explains how positive thinking works and how hurtful words/ negative self-talk can affect people. Anyway, they also tried the experiment with homemade food and takeout. The homemade food had high levels of 'hado' ( vibrations I think? yeah I think they had something to measure hado) compared to fastfood which is made in a rush/ with no care. When the person made the same homemade food but with bad thoughts (like "ugh why should I make this, I don't have time!!!"), it also had lower levels of hado. Recently my mum's friend came over and saw my mum making us lunch. She said (in diojiu) "Making food for your kids is good. They'll eat your love" which is mainly like putting effort/care into making something for someone, and they'll receive your love/ thoughtfulness.

This made me think about handmade gifts. They're special because the person made it especially for you, you can't get it anywhere else as they made it. It's one of a kind and made with love. Especially when its your favourite colour, favourite animal etc.. when someone makes you a specific thing cos they know you like it, you know they thought of you when they made it. 

So I thought this person wanting to make a crocodile for her reptile-lover nephew was sweet and thoughtful. And since he's sick, a handmade gift would be the perfect thing for sending positive energy to him.

So those are some photos above, and a diagram below. I know it doesn't look that great, it's just the same structure as most of my small models, but showing the technique of how to make a mouth stick out (2 mouth pieces made separately and pushed in the head & glued). It might look more crocodile-ish with a dark green, and maybe a brighter yellow if you like. It might look good with google eyes, I dunno. And some small yellow triangles could be inserted in the middle back for the spine/spikes thing (use half the size of the normal triangles)

-The eyes are made like the ears of the 'green pig' tutorial ( at 2.14 in this video (sorry you have to see my thumbnails close up which were shit at the time. Was pressing too hard with my thumbs on something and they got thick & gross. Had to just wait to grow them out)
and the arms/legs are made like most of the other small models.


I'm into reading about "the secret/law of attraction", positive thinking, energy and all that stuff,  and I read about how telling people your goals and stuff helps it happen. Since they're thinking about it too, then its like a combination of thoughts put out there which attracts more of the same thing ("throw something out there and it comes back to you"). If more people are thinking about it, the thought/vibration is more stronger. So I thought I'd mention the nephew in this post to add more meaning to it, rather than just uploading the pics/ diagram, so that maybe when you guys read about, it would help send positive energy to him :-) 

I know I'm into all these weird theories and stuff which people are sceptic about, and I know they're exaggerated for movies and books, but I've had my experiences with positive thinking, so I know they work in little ways. All the best to that nephew and anyone else out  there who's sick, or feeling down. Get well soon!^_^

Make a handmade gift for someone to brighten their day!!^_^


  1. omg i love it thank you ur the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  2. You are the best!!! Keep doing it that way!!

    A question, what kind of paper do you use?

    Thank you very much!

  3. I just wanted to let you know that I recently found your youtube channel and learned to make 3D origami triangles. I just finished the little snowman with the scarf and absolutely love it! ^^

    You talk about making someone a handmade gift to brighten their day, but you have just brightened my day with your dedication and sharing of this beautiful/cute art. Thanks for all your helpful tutorials and tips! I look forward to making more! <3

  4. Thank you! My nephew loves it! I know I'm way late with my thank you, but I wanted to let you know he is now cancer free and is very appreciative of his crocodile!

    1. oh WOW that's good to hear!! ^_^ Sorry for the late reply too, I dont know when I get comments on this/ dont check my blogspot much. Glad I could help with this and its nice to hear your nephew's healthy now ^_^

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