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Origami Crystal Sculpture

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Hi and welcome to my very first Instructable!

Disclaimer: I accept no responsibility for anything you break in frustration while making this model.
If you have never folded any origami before, I would recommend starting with something easier, like a crane or a box. :)

This is a modification of a model by Daniel Kwan, the diagrams (of the original) are in the Origami Tanteidan magazine, volume 106.
With that said, all the instructions are in Japanese, and are probably illegible to 95% of the Instructables reader base.

What you will need:

1. Patience
2. 3 sheets of A4 paper. 
3. Guillotine/blade/scissors (depends how accurately you can cut!)
4. Glue (optional)
5. Good music
6. Patience. I'm being serious.

Ok lets get started! 
 
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Step 1: Cutting out the paper

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Ok, so first things first. 

Put on some groovy tunes to keep you going!

Plain bland common or garden variety white A4 looks dreadfully boring. You are going to be spending a lot of time on this model, you want it to look as good as possible.
If you have a printer nearby, print a nice design on the one side of your pages. Black and white geometric patterns work nicely, but go for whatever floats your boat.

Mark off 10 intervals of 2cm each on the SHORT end of your A4.

You will have about half a cm left over, dont stress, you gonna chuck that away.

Cut the paper ACCURATELY (I mean it) into 10 strips of 2cm wide, and 29.7 cm long (the length of an A4 page). Do this for all 3 pages, giving you a total of 30 strips.

Step 2: More markings

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Now that you have your strips, mark off a line 2.5 cm from either end. Do your markings on the white side of the paper, for obvious reasons.
Mountain fold this little flap so that the printed surfaces are touching each other (see photo if you don't understand).
Don't worry about the lines in the paper, those are coming now.

torstenp161 year ago
amazing! I MUST try this sometime... that is, if I ever get the time!
joettle (author)  torstenp161 year ago
You should try it, as far as I know nobody else has done it yet...
joettle (author)  torstenp161 year ago
Another Escher fan I see :)
That is totally awesome!! I really like origami!
joettle (author)  LauraLauraLynn1 year ago
Thanks! Give it a go and post a picture!
I will try this on vacation :)
But I guess that an easy way to fold it straight. Use a good ruler?
great tut.
joettle (author)  diegofenner1 year ago
You can try, but you will need a very thin ruler, since the paper tends to make 2 folds along the edge of the ruler... perhaps to give you a guideline crease? Let me know if it works :)
craftyv1 year ago
I love your work and and can't wait to have a try at this one. I only like origami that makes geometric shapes, not keen on frogs, cranes and so on although they are probably good to learn how to fold. Your choice of paper is good (looks Escher-ish) . The snippets look as if they are in fact crystal and reflections. Brilliant.
joettle (author)  craftyv1 year ago
Thanks!
You are totally right, it's one of eschers tesselations.
You can play with the paper dimensions, anything longer than 1:5 works, as long as the dimensions of your end flaps are constant at 1:1.25 (2x2.5cm in this case).
You will find that the model itself is adjustable, and you can get several different "looks" by pushing the crystals further in or out.
happy2bmom1 year ago
Looks great! I need to try this! Thanks for the great instructable!
craftyv1 year ago
Great Instructable all round.
Comment for all: Work on a plain surface so that the folds etc. stand out from the background. Much clearer to see. Great stuff.
nocount1 year ago
this is awesome. BUT at what point do i start the music playing? hee hee
joettle (author)  nocount1 year ago
First things first :D
That looks kind of complicated, but such an awesome result!!
joettle (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago
Thanks! Try making it, it takes a lot of time, but it's not as complicated as it looks!
Very cool - well done! I may have to try this...my old mineralogy text has some images that would look great in origami form...
joettle (author)  valhallas_end1 year ago
Ooo yes great idea.
You can play with the paper dimensions, just not less than 1:5, as long as you keep the dimensions of the end flaps constant (1:1.25).
In theory you should be able to do this with 6 sided crystals, but I haven't tried that yet... Send me a photo if you get it done!
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