Nuclear Flower Box

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Folding instructions: Two-in-One Flower Tessellation
Main model description: Two-in-One Flower Tessellation
Other folds and variants: Box with Two-in-One Flower Tessellation, One-Part Box with Two-in-one Flower Tessellation, Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust, Two-in-One Flower Tessellation
Paper: Elephant Hide (thicker than standard 110 gsm (130 gsm?))
Type: box lid, classic tessellation (implies: abstract, box, geometric, origami-first design, pattern, single-sheet, abstract periodic tessellation, non-recursive periodic tessellation, periodic tessellation, tessellation)
Author: Michał Kosmulski
Colors: red

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This origami box is decorated with a single molecule of Nuclear Flower Tessellation, a variant of Two-in-One Flower Tessellation. The name stems from the fact that viewed from above, the flower resembles a symbol often used in atomic / nuclear physics — orbitals around a nucleus.

The molecule can be tessellated to fill the whole plane but since it uses an 8×8 grid, when placed centrally inside a 16×16 grid, it can be conveniently shaped as an ornament on the lid of a box. I used this model to test red Elephant Hide paper which I was happy to be able to buy as it is becoming increasingly rare. The paper came in pre-cut 20 cm sheets, and it seems this variant has a declared weight higher than the EH standard of 110 gsm.

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