As much as I’ve enjoyed folding Snapology models by Heinz Strobl, I had planned to move onto something else to keep up a little variety. However, I had the idea of making the small Icosahedron models to give as a reward/incentive to a class of 11-year olds that I team-teach in church. We had a program in which all of the primary-aged children had speaking and singing parts. All of the children did a fantastic job, but I was particularly proud of my class. I had a blast making the models and loved the reaction from each of the kids when they got them. I had contacted each of their moms to find out their favorite color and used that as the main color for each of them. Something that I found especially amusing was that of the nine kids (there was five boys and four girls) eight of them said their favorite color was either blue or green (or a variation of one of those colors, like turquoise). I thought for sure one of the girls would have said purple. Despite that, I like the several color variations that were created. By the time I had finished all of them I only had time and light to take one group picture of them. I was very pleased with all of them, but my favorite color combination is the dark blue and yellow that is second from the left in the bottom corner.
The group picture of Heinz Strobl’s Snapology Icosahedron models I made for my Primary class I lead at church.
The link to find the instructions on how to make this particular model are found here. Enjoy.
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Tagged Dodecahedron, Geometric Origami, Heinz Strobl, Icosahedron, Icosidodecahedron, modular origami, Snapology, Truncated Cube, Truncated Cuboctahedron, Truncated Icosidodecahedron, unit origami
After finishing the last post about sonobe balls, it got me wanting to fold some more of them and this time try doing a 30-unit ball. So I had my wife pick out some dual-sided origami paper and I went to town. I used the same size pieces of paper to fold, so that I could accurately compare the new, 30-unit ball with the others I posted pictures of. As I was looking through my origami paper, I came across all of the other 12-unit sonobe balls I had folded. It was a pleasant surprise, because I thought that most of them had been demolished by one of my kids; apparently just the ones folded out of foil paper. So, here are some pictures of the 30-unit ball I folded today next to the other balls to give a good comparison.
The 30-unit sonobe ball (on the left) designed by Steve Biddle next to a 12-unit ball and a US quarter. The 30-unit ball is roughly the size of a golf ball (or maybe a little smaller) when done.
The large 30-unit sonobe ball surrounded by all of the smaller 12-unit sonobe balls that I had folded in the past.
I was playing around with the camera and liked how this picture turned out.
Once again, an excellent book to find the instructions on how to fold this particular sonobe ball pattern is Essential Origami by Steve and Megumi Biddle. Enjoy.
The first time that I came across this modular ball, the book simply called it a multi-unit sphere. Since then I’ve run across in several places on the Internet where they are called sonobe balls; a much easier name to refer to them by. One of the first books that I bought to teach myself origami was by Steve and Megumi Biddle titled Essential Origami: How To Build Dozens of Models from Just 10 Easy Bases. An excellent book for beginners, it divides all of the models into 10 bases (hence the title; nothing gets past me) that are from the very easy to fairly difficult; some of the later ones I still haven’t attempted. Steve Biddle created his variation of the basic unit that is required to create these balls.
Each of the balls in these pictures was created from 12 basic units, though another more impressive ball can be made if you use 30 units. If you saw the post about the Floral Origami Globes by Tomoko Fuse, each of the globes were of the 30-unit design. In her book, Unit Origami, Tomoko Fuse has a couple of different designs for the basic units; a bird pattern and a pinwheel pattern. For these balls, I think that Steve Biddle’s design is my favorite; its a pinwheel pattern but its different from Tomko’s. The best type of paper to fold these out of is origami paper, even better to fold it from dual-sided origami paper. This is because if they are folded from paper that is the same color on both sides, there’s not much of pinwheel pattern to enjoy. Though if you are going to fold from paper that is the same color on both sides, its best to use two, three or four different colors to combine together.
One of my favorite things that I’ve done with these balls is fold them out of foil origami paper and attach hooks in them to make Christmas tree ornaments (pictured below). Once you get a hang of folding the basic units and assembling a couple, these balls are very easy to create over and over again. So, while they may not be terribly difficult or challenging, they are still very visually pleasing and fun to do. Something else that I love to do with these is to make several of them and put them in a container to display. The final model is about as around as a quarter. So, here are just a few pictures of the sonobe balls that I’ve folded.
Just a few of the 12-unit sonobe balls with Steve Biddle’s design from Essential Origami. The blue and white ball in the back row is the look you get when using regular origami paper. The rest were folded from dual-sided origami paper.
Another picture of the same sonobe balls spread out. Again, they are about as round as quarter.
My wife holding the foil sonobe balls that we attached to hooks to use as Christmas tree ornaments. This gives a little better idea of how small they are.
Another picture of the foil sonobe balls spread out on the table.
When we bought our latest digital camera we decided to play with some of the features to get a feel for them. Here we are using the macro feature to zoom in extra close.
Another close up picture of a sonobe ball. I love how the picture is so close and clear that you can actually see where I tore (instead of cutting) the origami paper when I was dividing the sheet I used into 12 pieces of paper.
So, those are just a few pictures that I have. I actually used to have many more of the balls folded once upon a time, but before I took the time to take some pictures of them one of my children got a hold of them and wanted to see how they came apart. Oh well. Guess I’ll just have to fold some more Also, I think in the near future I’ll fold one of the 30-unit balls at this size to give some comparison of the two models.
Side note: the entire reason that I picked up, looked through, and eventually purchased Steve and Megumi Biddle’s Essential Origami was because of the dragon on the front. I love dragons. The dragon model was actually the first thing that I taught myself to fold out of the book (looking back there were probably easier models to start out with). Sadly, I don’t have any pictures of any of the dragons I’ve folded; guess I’ll just have to break open that book again and fold some more. Also, not only are you able to look through several of the pages in this book with the link to the side, but some Amazon user has uploaded pictures of a couple of the models that they folded; those pictures can be viewed there also.
My favorite style of origami is the modular, geometric style. There are many, many incredible origamists available in this area. My absolute favorite is Tomoko Fuse. She has written a wide variety of books, many in English, but many in other languages as well. One of my favorites of her books (and one of the hardest for me to get a hold of) is Origami Quilts. Everything in the book is stunning. I particularly enjoy this book because my mom is an avid quilter and has been for longer than I’ve been around. Growing up she took me with her to countless quilt shops and fabric stores (“dragged” may be better description for some of those occasions Here are some pictures of one of my favorite models from that book; Blooming Flowers 1.
So far I’ve done 4 different color variations, but the model is the same for all of them. I love the different patterns that are available depending on how many colors are used and how they are arranged. The white background is a standard-sized post board; so the models are a pretty decent size.
Close up of the front
The reverse side. Something I love about this model is that no matter what side you look at, its amazing. This side makes the pinwheel pattern stand out. Its visible on the front, but there are two different pinwheels happening at the same time (one is the orange and purple & the other is the blue and green).
A closer look at the reverse side.
Reverse side of the same model with a slight variation.
Another model with different colors from the front. The difference between this model and the one above is that here only one color was used for the intermediate, connecting pieces (the green blocks here). As a result, you can see the pinwheel pattern on the front more easily (the pattern formed by the orange and blue pieces in this picture).
The reverse side of the same model. The pinwheel pattern is all the more apparent on the reverse side.
Another color variation. The difference in this model is that only one color is used for the outside “spikes” (the purple), and two colors are used for the intermediate, connecting pieces (the green and blue pieces) giving the pinwheel pattern.
A close up of the front. There’s no picture of the reverse side because it would just be one solid color; purple.
A final color variation. This is one of my wife’s favorites. Again only one color is used for the outside “spikes” (the blue pieces). Something unique here is that, although two colors were used for the intermediate, connecting pieces (the purple and turquoise), I only used the turquoise pieces in two locations instead of four; giving a little different pinwheel pattern variation.
Another point to make about this model (and Tomoko’s work in general) is that there is no glue used to connect the pieces. “Traditional” modular origami uses no glue to connect the pieces; although some I’ve seen and folded are more sturdy if glue is used at the end. These have none, another reason I love her work. Hope you enjoy these.
Note: This book is extremely hard to find. You can find it online, but usually only used. Most of the time when you do find it, the seller seems to know that the book is hard to find and as result is asking quite a bit for the book. Here is a link to the book on amazon.com for anyone that would like to go look at it; you can use the “click to Look Inside” feature and flip through a few of the pages to get a feel for it. Origami Quilts