Double Makalu - Origami Scupture: 12 woven pentagons (no glue)

Hi and welcome to a small part of my world :)

I decided that MAKALU wasn't enough of a challenge, so I made it double!
Double the units, double the difficulty, double the fun :)

Makalu is one of the 5 Himalayan peaks of origami folding, and this double model adds a little spice to the mix!

This is an icosidodecahedron (origami is a great way of learning about geometry and polyhedra).

Ok lets get started.

What you will need for this instructable:

1) Time.
2) 15 squares of paper.
3) Patience.
4) Good music.
5) Mild OCD (not essential, but it helps)
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Step 1: The paper!

Firstly, good music! Easily embarrassed is great origami music: https://soundcloud.com/easilyembarrassed

Take your 15 squares, and cut them in half.

Accurately.

Now take your 30 2x1 rectangles, and cut them in half again. Accurately.

You should have 60 4x1 rectangles now.

Step 2: The folding begins!

Start with the white side up (if you are using coloured paper).

Valley fold your paper in half lengthwise, and then into quarters.

This can be difficult to do accurately, so fold little segments of the fold at a time to make sure that everything is lined up.

Step 3:

Valley fold the top right hand corner down to the left edge, and the mirror on the bottom.

Don't crease heavily, these are just guideline folds.

Step 4:

Valley fold the bottom right hand corner to the first crease (as if you were going to fold the quarter in half again), and do the same with the top left corner.
Unfold.
Fold the bottom edge up to the 2 folds you just made. Repeat at the top. Check photos.

If you get stuck, the assembly of the models is identical to that of Makalu, the paper dimensions just differ slightly.

Step 5:

Valley fold the edges to the middle.

Open up the top right edge.

Reverse the fold inside there, and push flat.

Repeat at the bottom.

Step 6:

Valley fold in half again.

Bend the top flap down along the edge, and flatten.
Repeat on the bottom.
torstenp161 year ago
I know I keep saying this, but I will eventually get around to making one of these. These'd be pretty sweet as a stone or metal sculpture too!
joettle (author)  torstenp161 year ago
I have been wanting to make metal sculptures for a while now...
I'll post an instructable if I ever get it done...