K2 - complex modular origami sculpture - no glue

Hi there :)

For those of you unfamiliar with the art of Origami, these are probably the models on this webside with the highest skill/price ratio :) They cost you nothing except time and a few sheets of paper...

Aaaaand, this piece of art is completely biodegradable :)

Here's a little bit of complex paper art for you to have some fun with. The assembly is very similar to Thomas Hulls 5 Intersecting Tetrahedra (there's an instructable for it), I would recommend folding that first if you haven't yet.

The original diagrams are in the OrigamiUSA issue of 2002 ( I think).

This is a complex rendition of a Great Stellated Dodecahedron, with 60 pieces of paper folded into 20 triangles comprising 5 tetrahedra. 

Oh and if I win the Epilog laser cutter with this instructable, I will use it to laser a labyrinth into a medical textbook of mine and put a ball bearing inside the book that one can roll around like a maze... I've been wanting to do this for a while, but I haven't gotten the opportunity yet, so if you're feeling nice then vote for me :) I might even post an instructable about it if I get it done...

What you will need:
10 squares of paper
CDO (Kinda like OCD, except the letters are in alphabetical order. As they should be...)

Ok lets get started!
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XcarettS3 days ago

the measures are in cm or inches?


varunj made it!6 months ago

Thank you for putting this up here. I've always wanted to fold this but I could not for the life of me find the diagrams. I've also made Gasherbrum, and Makalu, and currently working on double Makalu. If you want to see the pictures they are on my flickr page:

joettle (author)  varunj6 months ago
Looks fantastic, well done!
The diagrams are in the origamiUSA magazine issue of 2002 (I think).. But ya I agree, they were freakishly difficult to get hold of!
Byriah Loper has done some nice adaptions of the 20 intersecting triangles theme.
Happy folding!
joettle (author) 1 year ago
Note: This is not my original work, this was originally designed by Robert Lang.
However, diagrams are impossible to find on the internet, and I would like other people to have the opportunity to make this beautiful model as well. So enjoy :)
oschene1 year ago
Robert Lang's work is always impressive.
joettle (author)  oschene1 year ago
I detect a hint of spitefullness? :) I never claimed to have designed the model, all I did was make the instructions available to the public... If you want the diagrams, they are in the Origami USA annual collection of 2002 (But you'll have to pay for them!)
No, indeed -- to praise the one is not to damn the other. These are some very nice instructions.

But if you're asking me, I do think it important to give credit to the creator of a model and to ask permission, when appropriate.
joettle (author)  oschene1 year ago
You are 100% right actually... i'm probably gonna get into trouble one of these days...
yodewo1 year ago
I offer a humbled bow in you're general direction!
Awesome instructable- admirable zen-patience.
joettle (author)  yodewo1 year ago
Many thanks :) I wonder what the attempts-vs-"views" ratio is for this instructable...
craftyv1 year ago
As soon as I saw it I knew it was your work and looked for the Escher one. yes there it is. Love it and admire your patience. Great Inst.
joettle (author)  craftyv1 year ago
Thanks :)
I appreciate the positive feedback! It's nice to know that my work is enjoyed :)
Artastic231 year ago
I don't get step number 4?
joettle (author)  Artastic231 year ago
You need to fold the whole bottom edge up. There needs to be a line between the 2 short edges, connecting the guideline folds you just made.
The photo on step 5 shows it nicely :)
joettle (author)  Artastic231 year ago
This is quite a difficult fold, try to do it accurately. I found the best was to fold it bit by bit along the bottom, keeping the distance from the top edge kind of equal all the way. See what works for you.
ericm1601 year ago
Looks amazing!
JJ Johnson1 year ago
That is impressive!!
milkdud551 year ago
Looks hard! :b