MAKALU modular origami sculpture - 6 woven pentagons

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Howzit guys and gals!

This is one of the 5 Himalayan peaks of origami folding, but don't let that deter you, it is a relatively easy model to fold. (compared to my previous instructable at least!)

This is the first time these instructions are being made public on the internet, so appreciate it :) 

What you will need:
Good music
15 squares of paper.

This is a relatively sturdy model, and holds together well with no glue or attachments.

Ok lets jump right in!
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Step 1: The paper!

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Ok first things first:

Good music! 

You want something thats slow, mathematical, interesting and not too distracting. Carbon Based Lifeforms are perfect:

Ok paper!

Cut your squares in half. 


You should have 30 rectangles with 2x1 dimensions. No rocket science here.

Step 2: The folding begins!

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If you are using coloured paper, start with the white side up.

Valley fold your paper in half lenthwise. 
(valley fold=fold the 2 sides towards your face, making a valley. Mountain fold=fold the 2 sides away from your face, making a mountain)

Do this again, folding your paper accurately into quarters.

Step 3: Guideline creases

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Valley fold the bottom right corner over, as if you were folding the paper again into 8ths, but only fold the bottom cm or so.
This is called a guideline crease, it is used as a marker for later on.
Check da photos.

Step 4: More guideline creases

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Valley fold the top right corner down and the bottom left corner up to the middle.


These are also guideline creases, for the first couple fold the whole way, but as you get the feel for it you will notice that you only have to crease a small area to use as a guideline.

Less creases=more elegant model.

Step 5:

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Valley fold the bottom left corner up until it just touches the guideline crease you just made, and make sure that the corner of the crease in exactly at the previous guideline fold you made.

This isn't difficult, check the photos.

Repeat on the top end.

Step 6:

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Fold the edges in to the middle.
Should look like this.
varunj made it!6 months ago

So much fun making this. Easy to fold, but quite difficult to get the fourth oentagon in right.


Heh, how hard can it be? #famouslastwords

Also, that's a pretty fancy pattern on the paper. How did you get it?

joettle (author)  armored bore1 year ago

Haha this is definitely doable for your average origami folder, not too tough! I just googled "granite texture" and "gold texture" and printed them out on regular paper... The paper you use makes a world of difference to the final model, it's worthwhile getting a nice pattern :)

Livliv1 year ago
Dude this thing is awesome!!! It took me 5 hours to make (im a bit slow) but it was really fun! I heaps of compliments on it! Please do more origami instructables because your posts are awesome!
joettle (author)  Livliv1 year ago
Aah much appreciated!
Post a photo, i would love to see!
I will certainly post more interesting origami posts :) I prefer the geometric models to birds, fish etc...
There's a certain beauty in working with a 2 dimensional medium, its very mathematical :)
raviolikid1 year ago
I like how you broke down something that looks impossible into doable steps. NIce job! I want to try it.
polarbyrd2 years ago!! so stoked to try this. thx for sharing!
Jayefuu2 years ago
I think while this is probably the second hardest origami model I've made (second to the kawasaki rose) it's definitely my favourite. I've suspended it from a ruler with fine cotton thread and taped the ruler to the top of my PC tower on my desk at works so now it slowly spins next to my monitor. I love how the angles come together to form the inverted pyramids where they meet.
Jayefuu2 years ago
Think I'll have to try this. How big were the squares you halved and what height did the model end up? Just so I can estimate how fiddly it will be with my size paper. Thanks.
joettle (author)  Jayefuu2 years ago
I cut squares out of an A4 and then halved them, so about... 20cm I guess?
The model was quite big and there are no really small tricky folds, so you can do it with paper thats quite a lot smaller.
Doing the weaving will be easier with smaller paper as well, and the smaller your paper the sturdier the model...
I wouldn't go smaller than about 6cm squares though, unless you have very thin paper.
Jayefuu joettle2 years ago
That's great, thank you. I think I have 12 cm squares, I'll give it a go some time this week. It should look good on my desk next to my 30 unit PHiZZ ball.
joettle (author)  Jayefuu2 years ago
Aah the 30 unit PHiZZ was one of the first modulars I built...
Great way of learning how the geometry of these modulars work!
Post a photo if you get it done!
Jayefuu joettle2 years ago
The 4th and 5th pentagons are REALLY hard to get right. I'm not sure if I've done the 4th right since it's so hard to differentiate between the units in your photos. I've connected the 4th but can't see how to integrate the 5th. It'd be much clearer if your pentagons were different colours :(
joettle (author)  Jayefuu2 years ago
If you attached the 4th one correctly the 5th one is much easier...
I have attached a photo of the diagrams, but they're not very good quality...

Basically, work on the triangles that are formed, each arm goes over the next one clockwise. When you put the 3rd loop in, 2 triangles are formed, one at the top and one at the bottom. The 4th one adds another 2 triangles, next to each of the original 2.

Jayefuu joettle2 years ago
Thanks, that looks like it'll help. I also reread all of your instructions and found I definitely must have put the 4th in wrong. If you hold 3 loops up by one you can see that one of them only goes through 2 not 3 others. Will have a play again tomrorow night :D
joettle (author)  Jayefuu2 years ago
Good luck!
The 4th one is the hardest....
What might make it easier is holding the first 3 in place with some sticky tape or something so that you have both hands free to get the fourth one in.
The triangles are the key.
If you look at the photo on step 14 (3 pentagons) the 4th one goes inside the 3 loops on the left/front and outside the 3 loops on the right/back, forming triangles at the bottom/front and at the top/back, next to the previous 2 triangles... sounds confusing I know...
Jayefuu joettle2 years ago
I actually found 5 harder than 4. I found the tape trick, I also put some tiny dabs of glue in the joints of the pentagons to hold them together a little better, my paper's a little floppy. Sure, it's not purist, but only you and I will know ;)
Jayefuu Jayefuu2 years ago
Just making the parts for 6 now.
Jayefuu Jayefuu2 years ago
Here you go.
Jayefuu Jayefuu2 years ago
And this:
joettle (author)  Jayefuu2 years ago
Looks great! If you are really up for a challenge, go try my other origami instructable ;)
Jayefuu joettle2 years ago
I don't like the look of that one ;) I might try a half sized one of these though at some point.
joettle (author)  Jayefuu2 years ago
Well done! Looks fantastic!
joettle (author)  Jayefuu2 years ago
Hahahaha no problem!
BE CAREFUL when using glue, its unforgiving... If you make a mistake once you've glued them you're in trouble...
joettle (author)  Jayefuu2 years ago
In the pictures the 4th pentagon is the one thats at an angle (the first 3 are relatively upright)...
the 5th one is easiest to put in in segments and attach them once they are in place.
Try to follow the symmetry, most of the segments of no.5 should form a triangle when you put them in...
torstenp162 years ago
Another project to try out! As soon as I'm not busy with school, work, or my life's ambitions...
joettle (author)  torstenp162 years ago
Hahaha you're going to be busy for a while...
happy2bmom2 years ago
This is so awesome! I look forward to what you are going to come up with next! I can't wait to try my hand at this one....eventually! :)
joettle (author)  happy2bmom2 years ago
Ah thanks!
This is a whole lot easier than my previous model!

That's partly why I think I'll start with this one! ;)
joettle (author)  happy2bmom2 years ago
You'll enjoy it!
I did it in one sitting in about 6 hours, but you can spread it out, make a couple of units every day whenever you have a spare minute :)
Good to have a possible time frame! Keep the great ideas coming!