The Spiral Data Tato is an origami CD or DVD case of the origata or tsutsumi ilk, that is, a complicated presentation model, intended as a gift for an honored recipient. Tato is a Japanese word that means purse or wallet.
The Spiral Data Tato opens and closes, using a charming innovation we like to call The Origami Zipper. It is available in American letter paper and in A4 versions and I have made some .DOC files (editable in MS Word or in OO Writer), in case you want to make a mix CD or display the contents of the disk on the outside of the model.
This is not a quick and simple fold and is not intended to be. There are several quick and simple origami CD holders out there, if that's what you looking for -- I highly recommend Tom Hull's American CD Case. This model is for the discerning hunter of geek chic, the intrepid seeker of cheap thrills and complex beauty for its own sake. It's also for the little nerdy guy who thinks he can get that beautiful blonde in Calculus 102 to talk to him, if he could only get her to listen to his ultimate roadtrip mix CD...yeah, buddy, this will do the trick. But you better have some conversation prepared for when she does talk to you and not just stand there, babbling on and on the way you do. All right? All right, let's fold.
Step 1: Crease Patterns
The American letter paper version is 8½ inches by 11 inches -- this is the one you want if you live in the US or in Canada.
The A4 version is 210 mm by 297 mm -- this is the one you want if you don't live in the US or in Canada.
Why are they different? It has nothing to do with my wonted (and much vaunted) hostility to the metric system, if that's what you're thinking. No, it's just that the arithmetic works out slightly differently with the change of width. The A4 version has a couple more folds in it and makes a rather prettier model. All part of life's rich pageant.
Step 2: Printing Out the Crease Pattern
Step 3: Folding the Crease Pattern
Step 4: Super Double Secret A4 Step
You could, I suppose, cut it off, but it's not a bad place to have some reinforcement.
Step 5: Collapsing the Spiral Data Tato
Your first time through will take you a little longer. Do not despair -- fold one or two of these and you'll be able to fold them as fast or faster than this.
Step 6: Inserting the Disk
Nice fit, eh? If it isn't, check to make sure you didn't scale the image when you printed it.
Step 7: Closing the Spiral Data Tato
This is what we call The Origami Zipper.
Step 8: Opening the Spiral Data Tato
The number of times you can zip up and unzip your disk depends on the quality of the paper you use. I like 24 lb. parchment, myself, but you may wish to experiment with what you have on hand.
(Oh, and little nerdy guy? You still with us? This is where the blonde in Calculus 102 goes, "Oooh!" and you get to show her the zipping several times over, until she can do it, herself. That's when you need to start a new topic. Make it good -- you start prosing on about your linux box or your LOTR figurines, this has all been for naught. Offer to teach her the model. There you go.)
Step 9: Afterword
Spiral Data Tato A4 for Word
Spiral Data Tato American Letter Paper for Word
I have tested these in Word and in Open Office Writer. Feel free to move the text boxes around and change fonts and such. Indeed, this model is Creative Commons licensed and I hope you will take it and modify it and make it your own.
There are a lot of folks out there who will say (in a Stewie Griffin voice, moreover), "Oh, that's a rectangle, that's not origami", or "There's lines on the paper, that's not origami." Well, modern origami conventions are pretty much just that: modern and conventions. There is no Académie Francaise for paperfolding, nor ought there be. If you're pure of heart and your skill is strong, you can fold it any way you like.
But I'll tell you a secret, just because I like you: it isn't origami until you share it.