Modular Ring (Design by Paolo Bascetta)

Modular Ring (Design by Paolo Bascetta)
Modular Ring (Design by Paolo Bascetta)

I am still on the hunt for easy to fold modular designs which do not require more than 16 – 18 sheets of paper. I have found yet another one in Paolo Bascetta’s variation of the Santiago Ring. Well actually, this is also a variation of Mette Pederson’s Ring, too.

This model took me around half an hour to fold (all units) and includes assembly time, too. It was surprisingly quick and easy to fold and the assembly is also quite simple. The ‘pockets’ which are formed with the ends of the paper holds when the units are interconnected.

As with most modulars, you can attempt folding this design with almost any kind of paper you have except delicate tissue paper, which of course will not ‘stand’ / be firm when you finish assembling the ring.

Paper to use:
As you must be aware, modular pieces are good for using those left over papers, which you have. Kami or common origami paper is a great a choice for these models along with thicker kinds such as kraft paper and elephant hide. I have used 15 cms or 5 7/8 inches single side colored kami paper to fold the ring you see in the image. You will have to start folding with the white side facing upwards / you.

If you make a clever paper design / pattern choice, you can form other patterns within the ring as long as you fold the paper in the appropriate manner. If you see my rendition of the model, you can see a whitish cloud like pattern running in the form of a rin towards the center. I ended up with this, by simply starting to fold the patterned paper in the same angle / way – for all sheets, keeping a certain white blotch I saw on the sheet on the bottom right (whilst folding).

Modular Ring (Design by Paolo Bascetta)
Modular Ring (Design by Paolo Bascetta)

How to fold these units:

The diagrams to Paolo Bascetta’s Modular ring are available in Vicente Palacios’ Papiroflexia Coleccion. However, for those of you who do not have that book, you can also follow this tutorial:

You can find Mette Pederson’s Ring Diagrams here. In order to modify the folding to get the block like design of Paolo Bascetta’s, in step 9 (in the folding sequence, instead of folding a mountain fold as shown in the diagram, make 2 mountain folds on either side. These 2 mountain folds can be made equidistant from the center and the line made by the flap folded over. The width – between the folds you make – will indicate how ‘thick’ or wide ur model will be i.e. each unit when you interlock them.

Stellated Icosahedron (Design by Paolo Bascetta)

Bascetta Star (Design by Paolo Bascetta)
Bascetta Star (Design by Paolo Bascetta)

I have just put up my artificial Christmas Tree at home and being my Hubby’s and my first Christmas after our wedding, I wanted it to be extra special.

I have used a combination of the usual Christmas ornaments along with a few origami ornaments as part of the tree decorations.

For the tree topper, I decided to fold Paolo Bascetta’s Stellated Icosahedron out of silver foil wrapping paper. I purchased this specialty wrapper from the local CVS store last week and cut out 30 squares measuring 8 inches in size.

This paper is single side colored, which means that I would have the silver color and print only on the tips of the star (as shown in the accompanying image). If you would like the center portion of the star to be of the same color, then you should select duo colored paper (same pattern / color on both sides).

How to fold Paolo Bascetta’s Star:
Jonakashima has recorded a pretty good instructional video on folding this model – with the permission of the creator, of course. You can check it out here

Assembling the Star:
This model does not require the use of glue and the point to note in assembling it is to always maintain the ‘circle’ of 5 i.e. each of the ‘facets’ of the star should have 5 points / arms.

In order to place it as a tree topper, I used only 29 units to fold the model. I kept a bit of it open to allow the top most leafy / twig of the tree to be easily inserted into the globe. This way, the Star would be propped up and I’d have a few of the tree lights in it, too. 🙂

Origami Wall Hangings

Bird Wall Hanging (Design by various)
Bird Wall Hanging (Design by various)

This weekend, I thought of decorating the hall room up a bit with my Origami. All of the models I had folded till date were getting stacked on a shelf at home or at my desk at work and I thought I’d do something about it. I made a simple ‘bird hanging’ with some of the bird models I had folded. This was a simple one, with no fancy beading or other trinkets.

I used the Owl by Hideo Komatsu, the Cranes by Eric Joisel as well as Robert J. Lang’s Songbird I to make this. In addition to this, I also attached the Icosahedral Model Sonobe by Paolo Bascetta.

Wall Hanging Icosahedron (Design by Paolo Bascetta)
Wall Hanging Icosahedron (Design by Paolo Bascetta)

For the second hanging, I used a single model, which is the Icosahedron designed by Richard Sweeney. This I had made using regular printing / copier paper which I then spray painted a variety of colors in order to make it look better. I opted to use natural beads for this hanging, which I purchased from Michaels (The Craft Shop). I also picked up ribbons which I used for this hanging.

All of the origami models in the two hangings are ‘threaded’ through using common sewing/stitching thread. If you follow the links in this post, it will take you to the individual posts for each of the models mentioned here. You will then be able to follow the folding instructions / source of diagrams.

Simple Sonobe / Icosahedral Sonobe (Design by Paolo Bascetta)


Hello Everyone!

I am back after a long hiatus… it feels good to get down to some folding after such a long time 🙂 It was a 2 month roller coaster of my wedding, partying and holidaying, all rolled into one good vacation!!! 😀

I tried my hands at a simple sonobe to get into the groove of folding again. A modular origami design, this time, after quite a long time, too. I normally find modular origami repetitive by nature due to the number of units required. But this time, I am thinking of using modular origami pieces in decorating our new home, and hence my interest in it.

Paper I used:
For this particular model, I used 30 sheets measuring 3 inches in size of Miyabi Chiyogami origami paper which I picked up from Michael’s nearby. You can also use the regular post it notes for this model.

How to fold this model:
I followed the instructions by Nekkoart who has taken a lot of effort in explaining the steps in folding this model in the form of a YouTube Instructional video.

I am not aware of the name of this particular model nor its designer. So if any of you are aware of these details, please feel free to drop in a comment with the information!

Have a great week ahead!