I ran a 5K this morning!

Not like, an official 5K. I just ran 5K on the treadmill. I am still counting it, however. I've been charting my progress and given that I failed to run for like, half of December and a good portion of January, I think the fact I managed to shave two minutes off my time (which is still a somewhat depressing 42 minutes) is not too shabby.

About a year ago I came across an awesome post where someone had done an origami Discworld, and I've kind of had it in the back of my mind to try folding one myself ever since.

I did a lot of mods, however. I know I've already posted a bunch of photos of this in progress but I wanted to do one full post of all the designs and photos in one place, so people can see how it went.

For the turtle, it’s a beautiful turtle but I didn’t care for the video (it was very hard to follow) so instead I used the Origami Club’s turtle here

 

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I did use the recommended elephant figure with video by Leyla Torres; I think it’s one of the more adorable elephant figures out there. It’s not easy to fold but I had a really good time folding it anyway. 

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The elephants are also remarkably stable, which is good because cramming them onto A’Tuin took some doing. No wonder the fifth one fell off. 

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The original post recommends a modified version of the Red Blood Cell figure for the Discworld; they were playing with coloring and paper so I get why they’d choose it. I love that figure, it’s an interesting combination of complexity and simplicity and it’s really satisfying to fold. But for this purpose I found it a little too uniform; I wanted more texture for the surface of the Disc. 

So I went back to Origami Club and dug up the Ferris Wheel, which had the additional advantage of a blue rim for the oceans with a white center for the landmass, and central tips that could be folded up to create the mountain ranges at the Disc’s hub. 

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With that many layers it gets a little tough to photograph convincingly, but I’m very pleased with how it came out and I had fun improvising around the original. I think Pterry would be pleased. :)

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