Decorative Origami Ball

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Here you will learn to make a cool looking Origami Ball, from 6 squares of paper.

the paper I use is regular printer paper, but foil works really well (and looks cooler).
With this kind of design, smaller is usually better/neater looking -- but too small greats really difficult. My squares are 2 1/8 " on a side, b/c I took an 8 1/2 x 11, made a square and divided it into 16ths.

For more fun, try making a stellated octahedron w/ 16 pieces!!!

These make great holiday decorations, or gifts (I've made a few pair of earrings from foil-made ones).

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Step 1: Precreasing

With many modular designs, precreasing takes almost as much time as the real folding, and this is no exception ;-)

Just follow the pictures...

Step 2: Folding a Unit

Once you're done precreasing, you can fold the actual unit.

do this w/ 6 squares of the same size.

Step 3: Assembling the Ball

Now, this part is the hardest, imo -- you may want a small plastic/bone implement to assist if you are making a really small version.

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    coolo52

    7 years ago on Introduction

    made one with 12 modules, i may post a picture of it

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    Amortech

    8 years ago on Introduction

    And by my request, I mean steps two to three on page two of your instructable.

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    Amortech

    8 years ago on Step 3

    PLEASE tell me how to get from Step 2 to Step 3!

    Hey, just wanted to say nice job! I was thinking of gluing these to earring posts or  whatever.  :) You can make them pretty small too... These are beautiful as well as easy to do! :)

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     Thanks! It's always great to know when work is appreciated.
    btw. they make *great* earrings =) especially when you use foil-paper (gold or silver, as in the picture. red foil looks great as well).

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    robot232

    9 years ago on Introduction

    that is pretty cool for your first instructables  but  there is one thing, i don't get the last step, pic #1

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    jabapythrobot232

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    in the last step, you connect the units together to form the final ball. This done by inserting the point of one perpendicularly into the side of another.

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    whysoserious123

    10 years ago on Step 3

    thx alot, i didnt understand this one video on how to make this same model, but thanks to you, i managed to make this model. these instructions were easy to follow!

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    spectroscopy

    10 years ago on Step 3

    i really don't understand how to go from this step to the next picture. And at this point are you using 2 or 3 "squares"?

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    jabapythspectroscopy

    Reply 10 years ago on Step 3

    the first three pictures are of 2 units being put together, the next two are of 3 units, etc.

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    spectroscopyjabapyth

    Reply 10 years ago on Step 3

    thanks for your quick answer :) I download the Pdf and the information was there!