Decorative Origami Ball

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Introduction: Decorative Origami Ball

Here you will learn to make a cool looking Origami Ball, from 6 squares of paper.

the paper I use is regular printer paper, but foil works really well (and looks cooler).
With this kind of design, smaller is usually better/neater looking -- but too small greats really difficult. My squares are 2 1/8 " on a side, b/c I took an 8 1/2 x 11, made a square and divided it into 16ths.

For more fun, try making a stellated octahedron w/ 16 pieces!!!

These make great holiday decorations, or gifts (I've made a few pair of earrings from foil-made ones).

Step 1: Precreasing

With many modular designs, precreasing takes almost as much time as the real folding, and this is no exception ;-)

Just follow the pictures...

Step 2: Folding a Unit

Once you're done precreasing, you can fold the actual unit.

do this w/ 6 squares of the same size.

Step 3: Assembling the Ball

Now, this part is the hardest, imo -- you may want a small plastic/bone implement to assist if you are making a really small version.

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    Just so you know,this is really called a"Japanese Brocade"

    Thanks for letting me know!

    made one with 12 modules, i may post a picture of it

    i love this! 5 stars

    And by my request, I mean steps two to three on page two of your instructable.

    PLEASE tell me how to get from Step 2 to Step 3!

    Hey, just wanted to say nice job! I was thinking of gluing these to earring posts or  whatever.  :) You can make them pretty small too... These are beautiful as well as easy to do! :)

     Thanks! It's always great to know when work is appreciated.
    btw. they make *great* earrings =) especially when you use foil-paper (gold or silver, as in the picture. red foil looks great as well).

    that is pretty cool for your first instructables  but  there is one thing, i don't get the last step, pic #1

    in the last step, you connect the units together to form the final ball. This done by inserting the point of one perpendicularly into the side of another.