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Make a stellated octahedron, a stellated icosahedron , or a simple cube using only paper.

Sorry for bad quality pictures!

Thanks to xavtek for the project cover.
 
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Step 1: Materials

All you need is paper.

Make sure you have several square pieces of the same size. If you are gonna make the cube, you need 6 pieces. For the octahedron, you need 12, and 30 for the icosahedron.

Also make sure you have a lot of patience and free time.

Step 2: The module

This step is the same for the icosahedron, octahedron, or the cube.

Start with a single piece of square paper.

Fold it in half, and then open it again. Fold both ends of the paper so they reach the middle of the square. Turn the paper and fold the sides as seen in the picture. Please note: you can fold either the left side or right side down, but you have to make all of the modules the same, or you are gonna have problems setting up. Ok, then fold the remaining edges up and down, so you get a folded square again, with these edges coming out. Turn it around again to fold it diagonally and your module is ready.

Repeat this step 6 times for the cube, 12 times for the stellated octahedron, ans 30 times for the stellated icosahedron. You can fold more if you want, in case you get some trouble making the whole thing.

Step 3: Setting up

After folding all the modules, you get to the part where you set up the real thing. It's simple, you are gonna basically put the tabs in the right pockets.

Take 3 modules and set them up as seen in the pictures.

Keep doing this, having in mind the form you want to achieve.

Check these links to have a deeper idea of what is a stellated icosahedron or octahedron:
Stellated Icosahedron on wikipedia
stellated octahedron on wikipedia

I don't have any strategy for setting up, I just keep going until it's finished.
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Diaphane10 months ago
I'm not sure but think this could be it:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=210195.0#axzz2nS81aJFR
(tutorial is on page 2)
Or take a look ot this page:
http://michal.kosmulski.org/origami/spiky.html
some of them seem to look like yours.
Diaphane Diaphane10 months ago
oops... this was supposed to be the reply to jssxxjss' question... something went wrong
jssxxjss10 months ago
Okay, so I know I'm late to the party in commenting on this and asking a question, but is this the same kind of star ball that can produce balls like this? I cannot find a tutorial on how to get a star ball like this anywhere, and it's driving me nuts. I just really like the points on this. It looks so clean and classy and still like a star. Please let me know, or if it isn't, where I can find that tutorial! I've searched this site and google for "origami star ball" "origami modular star ball" "modular star ball" etc.

https://img0.etsystatic.com/000/0/5370622/il_570xN.239646122.jpg

Thank you!
andiesasser3 years ago
I have done 5 times smaller size on the modular. it took forever to fold and put it together, but I lost it in the move. It was fun to do.
PuzzleJenn3 years ago
I love using Christmas cards (buy a bunch of boxes the day after Christmas for really cheap), cut the picture out in squares, make the units, make the 8 unit stellated octahedron, put a string on it and hang it on your Christmas tree.

I bet these would be awesome folded in tracing paper as shown above, and pushed over the Christmas tree lights.... :)
joel2633 years ago
i cant see shir
jaredarm5 years ago
I used a different module but it folds to the same size in the end. I made mine out of tracing paper and then put an LED in it! Thank you for the inspiration. This instructable got me interested in finding out more and then making one. :D
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yeah really? it sure looks very polished...
ohhhhh I love the LED inside idea.
dragon03053 years ago
Everyone i know how to make this so if you have any quetions ask me
can you use notebook paper if i were 2 cut them all the same size???
The paper has to be square
Blue Mist5 years ago
So sweet i used 16 instead of 12 but i couldnt do it and i got this it rules i may even post an instructable about it
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nice job looks like a book lol
Where can u buy origami pieces of paper?
kog1034 years ago
I've been making these for a good while now, and they are oh so much fun to do. 90 unit Dodecahedral especially. Just thought I'd post saying that your instructions are really good, and are a good way to help people get into it. Here's a Icosahedral I made today actually
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gertth4 years ago
too hard to understand, make a video
Nice job on your Instructable. A slightly different module, along with video instructions, may be found http://www.danallan.com/2009/01/. I like the module at the linked site better because it locks together (unless I messed up following your instructions).
umm, it looks like this one wont, but you just have to find the right pocket. the other one is locking because u see the pocket. that's ur problem.
BraisedDuck5 years ago
There is also the 270-unit Buckyball, 210-unit Snub Dodecahedron and 135-unit Wreath of Cuboctahedra, 150-unit Snub Dodecahedron; 180 and 120-unit Rhombicosidodecahedra, 120-unit Icosidodecahedra, 90-unit Dodecahedra, 84-unit Truncated Octahedra, 60-unit Snub Cube, 60-unit Icosidodecahedron, 48-unit Rhombicuboctahedron, 48-unit Cuboctahedron, 42-unit Truncated Hexahedron, and finally, the 30 unit Icosahedron. And they are ALL made from the same module.
 You can also take 3 and make a hexahedron, it's like a smashed square type pyramid
Hey. You can make an even BIGGER (yes, i said bigger) ball with about 270 pieces of paper. A.K.A. the epcot ball. The one that's like a buckyball, with 12 pentagons and lots of hexagons. try making it by putting together a pentagon, then surround it with 2 lines of hexagons and add s'more pentagons. be careful though, because if it's put together wrong, it won't close up.
Your Instructable is amasing. I love origami, but I do think you could have been a little bit more specific in step three on how to finish it. I would tell you how to put notes on if I could but I just joined and don't know how either.
yer i no wat u mean it says to clik n drag on the pic but it doesnt work.... : ( any way i have a programe with origami in it and this specific design is in it and i cant find all the steps so it doesnt make sense to me so thankyou for completing the steps for me... :D
pskim3335 years ago
I used this module for the basis of my final project (in architecture school). Ultimately it was the "mistakes" that were made in previous comments that became the most useful models.
urbosssez6 years ago
sooo awesome! here are mine
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Can someone please send me a video on how to put together those things in the post I replyed to? Cuz mine turned out to be more of a "Stelated and leaning to the left side Cylinder" than these. :(
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Check out this website for a video:
http://www.danallan.com/2009/01/.
one thing to remember is that the biggest one has five points and one hole between them all that helped me out i hope it helps you out too
Thanks!
your welcome put a picture up when your finsh so i could see it
deeifrost5 years ago
I finally made it!!! thanks for this Instructable, I just finished my icosahedron. First I made the octahedron, but I didn't really like how it looks, so I went for something bigger. (and I'm glad of It, 'cause it's pretty cool) I also used different module, but the final shape is exactly the same, and you were right, there's no strategy for setting it up, it's just a matter of time and patience.
ceciliaa5 years ago
nossa muito muito bom seu trabalho consegui fazer sem quebrar muito a cabeça so paciencia mesmo *-* valeu (y)
fatking5 years ago
lol i've made the boxes b4 and i made like 11 wif different sized paper and i put the smaller ones into the bigger ones... i would post a pic of all my boxes but i lost them ages ago and forgot how to make the boxes... thanx for this instructable =]
jonathan1117 years ago
MINE
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ive bult the boxes before
too hard 2 connect make a video
yes
darius36 years ago
I like very much this kind of sonobe modul...3papers A4 and you can realise something really atracttive ...great job indeed!Thanks!
i olny know how 2 make da cube
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