Introduction: Origami Magic Ball

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Origami has been one of my passions since I was very young. Creating small pieces of paper into elaborate crafts is one of the joys in origami. My mother, as a science teacher, decided to join an origami and engineering program. Knowing my love for origami, she asked if I would want to help. I said yes, that was when I discovered the versatile origami magic ball. Other instructables have showed uses for the magic ball, but I thought, why not teach the real thing.

Step 1: Materials

-two sheets of identical square origami paper OR one sheet of 2X1 origami paper

-tape( the tape will be used to make the ball shape at the end ) The tape should be sticky enough to stick to paper yet thin enough to fold. There is no preference, just choose something you can fold.

- scissors

Step 2: Precreasing Horizontally

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Term to know

Genderless fold- a genderless fold is a fold that has been folded back on itself so that it can fold both ways


-The folds in these steps are all genderless

1) fold your paper in half horizontally

2) fold your paper into fourths

3) fold your paper into eighths

4) fold your paper into sixteenths

5) rotate the paper 90 degrees

6) fold the new horizontal direction into sixteenths

7) your paper should now have a 16x16 grid on it

Step 3: Precreasing Diagonally

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In order for the actual creation to be done, these folds are not genderless.

1) position your paper so that the side you want on the outside is up (I wanted the yellow side up in mine)

2) fold diagonally so that your chosen outside color is in the inside of your diagonals as in my second picture

3) fold each section into 1/32th (since these folds are Not Genderless you should have a curve in your paper.

4) rotate the paper and fold it into 1/32th on this side as well( as in the final two pictures )

5 You should now have a 32x32 diagonal grid across your paper

Step 4: The Begining of Your Ball

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The magic ball is comprised of water bomb bases interconnected. In order to to create this ball you must become Very familiar with the pattern, you will have to recreate it.

1 To start you need to create the waterbomb base. This is easiest done by pinching gently as you can see in my second picture.

2 Note- the first row should not have the very edge folded into a waterbomb, only half. As the seventh picture shows. This will be because the edges need to be sunk in the opposite direction so that you can get rounded tops for your ball.

3 the pattern should be repeated all the way down until only the very edge is not in a waterbomb base. The pattern will alternate between blocks. To explain: a fan like pattern will be created with each row, he pattern will alternate which column is up and which is down with each new row of bases.

Step 5: Repeating and Refining

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Now that your first half is done you will need to repeat the steps again to create a second one.

Note- if you started with a 2x1 piece of paper then you need not repeat.

Once you have both halves you can begin to sink the edges, if you do not know what this means then look at the 5th picture. Make sure you sink them the correct way, if you don't then you can alter it once it is done. Sinking involves pushing the flap in to create two protruding triangles. Look at the pictures to make sure you got everything right up until now.

The next step is to familiarize yourself with the pattern, this will be necessary for when you must reset it when it is taped.

Step 6: Taping

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This step will be done twice

Note- the two halves need to be lined up. As shown in the first picture, two corners have a flap.

These flaps should be matched when taping.

To tape you should unfold the very edge( not the edges you sunk ) and line the two halves up.

Then tape them together. Once this is done you will have a very painful task of refolding it. (this is where knowing the pattern helps) There is no easy way to do this but try to mimic what you did in the beginning.

Once this is taped you should tape it again to get the ball.

Step 7: The Final Product and a Great Low Budget Gift

Have fun playing with your new magic ball.

This ball can be used as a great gift that will fascinate anyone.

You can change up the pattern to create many things. This pattern was used to create expanding and shrinking wheels.

Comment on what you've used it for and share pictures.

Thanks for checking this out.

I hope you had as much fun making this as i did!!!!!!!!


Kelly0617 (author)2017-03-02

omg so cool?

ethanroksopo (author)2017-02-07


SonaliS9 (author)2015-11-04

I started making a paper magic ball and I turned myself into a little ball of anger and disappointment. This exercise will make you think about your life decisions and eventually bring tears in your eyes. No kidding.

manjulatap made it! (author)2015-06-23

This origami is definately not for beginers as it is very frustuating tring to make tiny waterboomb base shapes, but once you have made it you can squeeze it in almost any shape

manjulatap (author)2015-06-23

At first it would stuck in a cylendrical shape but after pressing it continuously it could be squezed in a flat circle and then in a stick :)

MsSweetSatisfaction (author)2015-01-20

WOAH it's so squishy, it doesn't even seem like paper anymore! Thanks for showing each step so clearly, I'm still a little intimidated but I have faith!

Thanks for commenting. This is one of my favorite pieces because, if you take a bit more time and be patient, the result is a very fun ball. I know you can do it!

zoraz javaid (author)itebosque2015-06-17

cant make the waterbomb folds please help!!

itebosque (author)zoraz javaid2015-06-22

The initial waterbomb folds are done by finding a square comprised of four little squares in the top right or left corner. This square should look like a square with diagonals running through it. The diagonals should all be folded in the same gender. One of my pictures shows me pinching the paper to form that first waterbomb. You should pinch then push up a bit to get the initial crease. It should fold into the waterbomb naturally. For a video explanation at five minutes this video is a good reference tool. Sorry I cant be more help, this step is one that is best viewed in video form because it involves a bit of movement of the paper.

itebosque (author)itebosque2015-06-22

Looking up waterbomb fold should give a good image of what it should look like.

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