I was fiddling around with Mette Pederson’s Modular ring units today and came up with this design for a ‘tire’ like ring which I think looks pretty nice. This is the first time I have ever modified a design to come up with a variation and I am pretty satisfied with it. I really do not know if diagrams or this design has already been published somewhere. So if in case you do know of any, do let me know and I shall update this post accordingly.
The folding sequence is almost exactly as that of Mette Pederson’s Modular Ring and similar to Paolo Bascetta’s variation of it, too. I have modified the folds in the last step – to form angle bisectors – in order to produce this variation of the model.
This model is 3D, in the sense that it is not thin and flat. However, since the ‘edges’ of the ring are pointed it does not lie on its side very easily. I had to balance it against the wall to take a picture. The side view reminds me of a very popular origami vase design (whose designer I seem to now forget) and the alternate / rear view of this ring / tire is more ‘open’ as compared to the top side – as you can see from the pictures.
I have used Kami paper, which is single side colored measuring 3 inches in size. This model also requires 12 sheets to form the tire / ring and is quite easy to fold.
I would like to fold this model again with larger paper so that the assembly will be easier. In this case, since I chose to try out this variation with 3 inch sized paper, it became a bit difficult towards the end – during the assembly. The units kept popping out of their slots since the ‘space’ between / towards the centre of the unit wasn’t much to accomodate movement of the units.