Archive for September, 2009

Rhombic Icosahedron

rhombic icosahedron

Followed instructions from a Flickr image that I saved at one point, but I can’t remember the author now. If anyone knows who the designer is, let me know?

Used a cute yellow bunny print paper from the care package that my grandma sent to me! There are still a ton of pieces left, so you can expect a lot more pieces to come using this type of paper!

The model is really simple to fold, and only took me around 1.5 hours to finish making the pieces. Assembly is a little fiddly, so you have to be delicate when putting all the pieces together. It holds without glue, so you can get it to work! I actually like this model a lot, but I think it came out a bit smaller than I expected.


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Stellated Icosahedron

stellated icosahedron paint chip

I used the rest of the paint chips that I lifted from Home Depot that were left after I made the Pointsettia origami. Model is the Diagonal unit from Tomoko Fuse’s Unit Polyhedron Origami.

The paint chips were difficult to fold still, since they’re so thick. Assembly was really annoying as well, and actually it didn’t turn out too prettily. There are a lot of marks from my creases and then holes from not assembling tightly. The lesson is still the same: dont cut paint chips too small. These were about 1 x 2 in.

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Paint Chip Icosahedron

Just settled into the college dorms! I have so much stuff, even though I wasn’t able to bring all of my paper supplies. So far, the suitemates seem okay, though I’m not sure about all of them.

I was going to transfer the posts here to wordpress, but for some reason the import function isn’t working for me, so I guess that I’ll just have to manually copy over the entries later.

There’s a dance tonight, so I’ll probably be going with L, D, and people, then to the afterparty. Looking forward to Tuesday movies with TH and W.

icosahedron paint chip

Anyways, mini-project is this icosahedron from paintchips! It’s just scored and glued together, so its nothing fancy, but I think that it looks good for that amount of work! Pictures to come later.

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Sonobe Soma Cube

September 15, 2009, 16:46

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sonobe soma cube

Browsing the Modular Origami Group on flickr again, and saw some people who’ve done this. It seemed like it would be fun to do, and fit the number of papers I had perfectly!

Used the 120 sheet pack of origami paper, plus 2 cut sheets of wrapping paper, to make these 7 puzzle pieces. Since there were so many colors, I thought that I would unify the pieces’ appearance by doing it in the Striped Sonobe variation by MM, which highlights the reverse side.

I glued it to make sure that the pieces would stay together when people are playing with it. haha, I had to try quite a few times before figuring it out.

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Robert Lang’s K2

September 13, 2009, 06:09

k2 k2

The amazing polypolyhedron by Robert Lang! I saw a bunch of pictures on flickr and fell in love with this model. It really resembles Tom Hull’s Five Intersecting Tetrahedron, but adds an additional layer of complexity. Instead of being made from 5 tetrahedron, its made from 20 triangles.

Its a real challenge to assemble. I’m sure that as you can see from the photograph, the corners are all messy. When assembling the triangles, I thought that I would glue to make them but I actually ended up making a lot of mistakes putting it together! So because of that, I had to tear out the glued piece, which led to the corners being so messed up.

I think I’ll try this model again, and try to do it justice. Sometime in the future. 🙂

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September 13, 2009, 06:04


Recently I’ve been running up against a block, not knowing what to make. I finally decided to open the new packets of origami paper, given to me by a friend. Its a lovely pastel floral print, featuring a sprinkling of sakura blossoms.

I thought that the Sakuradama model from Toshikazu Kawasaki’s Origami Yume WORLD would really fit it! Actually, now that it’s complete, maybe the pattern is a little distracting, but its still nice.

The flowers really remind me of sakura, because it has the detail at the end of the petal. Compared to MM’s Plumeria model, which I did earlier, I think this one is more delicate in feeling.

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Japanese Brocade, Sunken Sonobe

Some other random models. Playing around with a variety of colors.

japanese brocade

Usually, people just make cubes using the Japanese Brocade model, but I saw this post on flickr, and thought that I would make one of the 30 unit models.

It’s really difficult to put together the model, as everything just tends to fall apart. I had to glue the pieces together to make it work, but maybe some more skilled person could have done without it.

I wanted to use up the last of the notepad paper, so I did a color combination of white, red, orange, yellow, yellow, and more yellow. I did it in the six color tiling of the icosahedron from Meenakshi Mukerji’s Marvelous Modular Origami. Well, I thought that it would feel like a flame coloration, but unfortunately, it didn’t turn out so well. Everything is way too light. If I’d used brighter colors, maybe, but oh well.

September 09, 2009, 22:53

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Inspired by this post on flickr. They said that you can do it using any of the sonobe variants, but I just stuck to the basic version.

Colors done in blues, greens, and purples. I didn’t really like how the color tiling came out for the Japanese Brocade, so I tried to pool the colors more. I think it looks a little patchy, but actually, I like this model a lot. The sunken peaks make a fun shape!

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